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Early morning writer09 Aug 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

Plan to have an hour or three in September to visit the Rosebud site and would like to know of some good maps for understanding what I'm looking at – mostly from the roads into the park and its minimal signage and restroom (which might be locked!). Will have wife with me and she won't be too keen on walking around in long grass with possible rattle snakes. Me, I can handle it – but she'd, well, freak out a bit.

So, good maps? And I understand I won't be able to see some of the key sites without either tackling a rougher road or doing some walking. Will spend the balance of the day at Little Big Horn so this is only going to be a cursory visit I'm afraid.

Thanks for any good advice.

11th ACR09 Aug 2017 10:52 p.m. PST
Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 5:38 a.m. PST

This Sioux Wars Atlas is very hard to beat. At least one of the maps I noticed in one of the links posted by 11th ACR. Maybe they are all there.

But at any rate this has them all and more from that campaign. It is a rather large pdf and takes a few minutes to download. Scroll down until you get to the Rosebud maps.

The link is to part 2. There is also a part 1 for earlier fights. Bu this is the link to what you asked for:

PDF link

THe Rosebud is a very fluid fight over a lot of ground. You definitely need good maps.


Early morning writer10 Aug 2017 8:33 p.m. PST

Thanks to both and to Garryowen – those maps and descriptions are very good. Should fill the bill nicely. And the link to the park manager will also be useful, can get some up to the minute information before heading out.

Again, thanks for the replies.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 6:23 a.m. PST

Have fun. It is a very cool battlefield. I have walked most of it and ridden a good bit of it on a horse.


Early morning writer11 Aug 2017 6:30 a.m. PST


Thanks. One more question, can you approximate where on the Rosebud map lies the parks restroom and minimal signage so I can orient myself when I arrive at the location?

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 5:30 a.m. PST

I can't remember a restroom. I usually operate out of a ranch owned by some friends along Rosebud Creek.

The signage is at the parking area just off the state highway that goes along Rosebud Creek north of the big bend. Maybe there is a bathroom there.


Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 5:38 a.m. PST

Thinking about your question further, I realized I read it too quickly and missed the whole point.

You will be on Montana 314 when you see the sign for the entrance to the state park. When you are at the entrance with a parking lot and the signs you will be on Map 19 where Rosebud Creek runs east and west, more or less where Crook was at the start of the fight.

In other words at the southernmost area of the battlefield.

I will try to remember to look here tomorrow in case this is not clear and you have more questions.

If you ask something and I don't reply, start a new thread so I will see it on my nearly daily visit to TMP.


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