We spent between 4 & 6 hours here on a hot day in July. We arrived early because we heard the parking lot fills up fast with tour buses, and this is correct. By the time of the first ranger battle talk at 9AM, the bleacher seats were almost full. The ranger presentation was riveting, and couldn't have been better. Probably one of the best we have ever heard. We also took the Apsaalooke Reno-Benteen battlefield tour, which was enjoyable, but not nearly as informational as the ranger presentation. Our tour guide seemed really distracted and unfocused, and seemed to be having trouble remembering what she was supposed to say. I don't know if she was just having a bad day or what. We ended up driving back up to that portion of the battlefield and doing the cell phone tour and reading the interpretive boards, because we didn't feel like we really got the story. We also did the Monument walk with the ranger to the Last Stand Hill monument and the Indian Monument. Indian Monument is beautifully done, very impressive. Ranger talk was good. I did the Jr. Ranger program there, it was very interesting and comprehensive, but the ranger that gave me my badge didn't really look at what I had written in the pages, just checked to see that it was filled in. Had an interesting talk with him though, about a few other things, so very worthwhile. We saw the movie, and explored the exhibits. Both were good. I think there needs to be more bathrooms. There was always a line for the ladies room. For the amount of people that come here, I think they need a bigger Visitor Center. The movie was full, and there wasn't that much seating. The battlefield is scenery is beautiful, and its hard to imagine blood and gore and people killing each other in such a beautiful place. The history here is amazing. I have read a few books about this battle, and it seems like the full story will never been known. The ranger said they gained a lot of info about the battle from an archeological dig that took place here in the 80's after a grass fire. Interesting day here, glad we planned to do this.
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