Crazy Horse Tour Schedule

Sun, July 22 – Fri, July 27, 2018

Sun, July 22: Day 1/Night 1
Reception/Dinner at the hotel in Billings, MT.

Mon, July 23: Day 2/Night 2
Little Bighorn Battlefield – dinner & hotel in Sheridan, WY.

Tue, July 24: Day 3/Night 3
Shop in Historic Downtown Sheridan in the a.m. Fort Phil Kearny/Fetterman Battlefield in the afternoon. Outdoor BBQ at Fort Phil Kearny. Stay the night in Gillette, WY.

Wed, July 25: Day 4/Night 4
Crazy Horse Memorial – hotel in Rapid City.

Thur, July 26: Day 5/Night 5
Red Cloud Agency/Fort Robinson – Goodbye dinner & hotel in Rapid City.

Fri, July 27: Day 6
Goodbye.

Tour Includes:

  • 5 Nights Lodging at 3-star & above hotels – breakfast provided each morning.
  • Modern air conditioned bus transportation.
  • Catered dinners (4 of the 5 nights) with guest speakers.
  • Tour will be hosted & guided by Dave Wooten, author of Crazy Horse: Where My Dead Lie Buried.
  • Includes visits to the Little Bighorn Battlefield, Fort Phil Kearny, the Fetterman Battlefield, Crazy Horse Memorial, Fort Robinson & Red Cloud Agency, and the Black Hills.
  • Stunning views and landscapes in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
  • Complimentary video of your tour experience after conclusion of tour.

Tour Cost – $1900 Single – $3400 Couple
(Includes lodging & most meals)

*Seating is limited* for this intimate and instructive tour that will allow you to walk in the actual footsteps of the Lakota war chief Crazy Horse. You will see for yourself the country where he lived, where he fought, and where he died.

If you are interested in Crazy Horse or Indian Wars history, this will be a moving, once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget.

Crazy Horse Tour – Day 1
Sunday, July 22, 2018 | Billings, Montana

Day1Pic1Arrival Day. Tour guests will convene in Billings, Montana, throughout the day. We will have a meet & greet in the evening that will include a catered dinner at the hotel. The evening will be a chance for the tour group to meet each other before the tour actually begins. We will also have a guest speaker who will talk to us about Crazy Horse and the Little Bighorn Battlefield, which we will be visiting the next day.

Guest Speaker: We will have a guest speaker at dinner who will give us a presentation on Crazy Horse & George Armstrong Custer at the Little Bighorn.

 

 

 

Crazy Horse Tour – Day 2
Monday, July 23, 2018 | Little Bighorn Battlefield

Day2Pic1After nearly 140 years, the Battle of the Little Bighorn is still one of the most talked about and studied battles of all-time. The ground where it was fought in southeast Montana remains nearly unchanged from when Crazy Horse and the Lakota met the the U.S. Army there on June 24-25, 1876.

The U.S. Army and five companies of soldiers commanded by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer were defeated soundly by 1500 Lakota & Cheyenne Indians led by Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Gall. Custer’s command of 214 men was completely wiped out, along with over 50 other soldiers. The Lakota & Cheyenne lost in the neighborhood of 100 warriors.

Tour Highlights on Day 2:

  • We’ll begin the tour where the Battle of the Little Bighorn began in the area of the Reno engagement on the valley floor. This is off the property of the National Monument and is rarely seen by battlefield patrons.
  • You will see up-close the position of the Indian’s encampment where nearly 1000 lodges of the Lakota & Cheyenne were set up next the Little Bighorn River. This is also off National Monument property.
  • You’ll stand at the top of Last Stand Hill where George Armstrong Custer died.
  • We’ll visit Reno Hill where Major Marcus Reno’s and Captain Frederick Benteen’s companies were pinned down during most of the battle.
  • Spend time at the Indian Memorial that is dedicated to the Lakota and Cheyenne (and some Arapaho) Indians who fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
  • Enjoy the National Monument museum and see artifacts from the Plain’s Indians, George Armstrong Custer’s life, and the Little Bighorn Battlefield.
  • Walk through the National Cemetery and visit the graves of Marcus Reno & William J. Fetterman.
  • Short stop at the Little Bighorn Trading Post for shopping and refreshments

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Crazy Horse Tour – Day 3
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 | Fort Phil Kearny/Fetterman Battlefield

Fort-Phil-Kearny Ten years before the Battle of the Little Bighorn and just 100 miles to the south, 80 men commanded by Captain William J. Fetterman were killed by Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors.

On the bitterly cold morning of December 21, 1866, Crazy Horse led a decoy party that coaxed U.S soldiers over Lodge Trail Ridge and out of site of Fort Phil Kearny. On the other side were nearly 1000 warriors hiding in the brush, gullies, and ravines alongside the Bozeman Trail. The Indians overwhelmed the soldiers, killing them all to the last man. If not for the Battle of the Little Bighorn, this would have been the worst defeat of the U.S. Army by the Plains Indians.

Tour Highlights on Day 3:

  • You will walk the grounds of Fort Phil Kearny, built in 1866 between the forks of Piney Creek near the Bighorn Mountains.
  • We’ll have a catered BBQ dinner on the fort grounds, along with a personal presentation about Fort Phil Kearny and the Fetterman Battle from the Superintendent of Fort Phil Kearny, Misty Stoll.
  • Visit the Fort museum complete with fort artifacts and bookstore.
  • Walk the Fetterman Battlefield along the Bozeman trail where Crazy Horse led the decoy party that lured Captain Fetterman and his entire command to their demise. 
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Bighorn Mountains and northeast Wyoming.

Bonus: We’ll also make a visit to the Wagon Box Battlefield near Fort Phil Kearny. Here 26 soldiers and six civilians held off Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, and nearly 800 warriors on August 2, 1867.

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Crazy Horse Tour – Day 4
Wednesday, July 27, 2018 | Crazy Horse Memorial

Day4Pic1In the center of the Black Hills in South Dakota, a monument is being blasted and carved right out of the granite mountainside to honor the Lakota war chief Crazy Horse. The memorial was started by Korczak Ziolkowski (who also worked on Mt. Rushmore) in 1948, directly in the heart of the land that the Lakota and Crazy Horse considered sacred. The head of Crazy Horse is nearly 90 feet tall. When fully completed it will be the world’s largest sculpture.

 

Tour Highlights:

  • You will view close-up this huge likeness of Crazy Horse that is being carved into the mountainside.
  • We’ll visit the Indian Museum of North America, home to a large collection of art and artifacts of the American Indian people and Crazy Horse.
  • Visit the actual home of Korczak Ziolkowski who started the monument.
  • We’ll do a drive-by of Mt. Rushmore on the way to Rapid City

 

 

Crazy Horse Tour – Day 5
Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Fort Robinson, Nebraska/Red Cloud Agency

May2015Fort Robinson, Nebraska, and the Red Cloud Agency is where Crazy Horse spent his last few months alive. The Lakota war chief surrendered in May of 1877 and died there on September 5, 1877, after being stabbed with a soldier’s bayonet.

The fort was established to guard the nearby Red Cloud Agency where Crazy Horse lived after his surrender. Fort Robinson and the Red Cloud Agency were home to some 10,000 Lakota Indians during the time Crazy Horse was there.

 

Tour Highlights:

  • You will stand on the actual spot where Crazy Horse was stabbed on the day of his death.
  • We’ll reconstruct Crazy Horse’s last day on the ground where he would spend his last moments alive.
  • Visit to the Fort Robinson Museum.
  • Tour and walk the grounds of the Red Cloud Agency.
  • We will conclude the tour week with a farewell dinner at our hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Red-Cloud-Agency

 

Tour Notes:

  • Catered dinners are provided on 4 of the 5 evenings and are included in the cost of the tour package. We will have an early dinner on Tue, July 24. We will make a stop later that evening, but tour guests will be responsible for their own meal. 
  • Breakfast will be provided for you each morning and is included in the tour package.
  • Lunch is provided for you on 2 of the 5 tour days.
  • If you have special dietary needs, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Tour guests are responsible for transportation costs to Billings, MT, where the tour begins on July 22 and ends on July 27. (Please note: tour ends in Rapid City, SD on July 27th. Transportation will be provided on the tour bus back to Billings, MT, on July 27th. Bus will arrive back in Billings approx 3:00 pm on July 27th). If you would like to book your outbound flights or other transportation from Rapid City, the hotel will provide a shuttle to the airport, train or bus station.
  • Sorry, no children under the age of 12.
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  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call me (Dave) at 406.209.9945 or email me thru the contact page.