I spent three hours here on my cross-country trip, and it was one of my favorite experiences. If you've done any research or read any books about the Battle of the Little Bighorn, you will be enraptured.
I read "The Last Stand," by Nathan Philbrick prior to coming here, and it made the book come alive. I've been re-reading it since my visit, and it's made the book so much more enjoyable, too. I was there during early April, so there were hardly any people, and at one point at the Reno-Benteen battlefield I was completely alone. It was sublime being up there, wandering around in the silence, reading all the information markers about the battlefield, and wondering what it must have been like for everyone there.
There is a wealth of information available, and you can do audio tours by cell-phone, which is nice as long as you're not terribly concerned about time or minutes. The visitor center is tantalizing; filled with interesting books about all sides of the battle and the area.
Three hours was a pretty good amount of time there; I think you can see most of the battlefield and walk most of the trails. I wouldn't recommend being there for less than two hours; you just won't get to see enough. They didn't have tours operating at the time; I wish I could have gone on one.
CAVEAT: If you are not a history buff or fairly familiar with the battle, I don't think this will be as impressive. If you're planning on traveling all the way out there, I recommend doing at least some pre-visit research.
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