Traveling north out of Wyoming our first stop was Garryowen on the Crow Nation reservation close by the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument. We stayed at 7th Ranch RV Park, nice campground on a hillside with incredible sunsets and sunrises. There are trails that lead to the hilltop where there is an American flag and you can see for miles around. From here the southern end of the Battlefield is easily seen and the point of Custer’s Last Stand is visible off in the distance.
The monument and national cemetery are well worth the visit. From the Battlefield Monument you can look down the hillside at the markers and picture how the fight took place. Reading the inscriptions of the participants describing the activities yields insights to the flow and end of the battle. Standing there you can visualize the frantic efforts of Custer and his men as they made their initial raid toward the Indian encampment discovering they were outnumbered and beginning to retreat up the hill. It is instructive to take the time to read through the Indian monument inscriptions. This is a great trip through history.
The night skies here are incredible. Star filled and planet rich, I stayed up late a couple of nights to take in comet Neowise. It was a sight; however, not quite as clear as I had expected from some of the images seen on the internet. Garryowen is about half way between Sheridan, Wyoming and Billings, Montana and it is fair to say remote. The nearest town of any size, Hardin, was 15 miles north on I90. In this part of the state you can certainly easy to see how Montana came to be called “Big Sky Country”.
Our next Montana stop is north around Great Falls and we are looking forward to seeing the Missouri River and surrounding country. Enjoy the images linked below.