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This Sept. 6, 2017 photo shows Big Hole National Battlefield in Wisdom, Montana. The park tells the story of how the U.S. Cavalry chased the Nez Perce tribe in a running battle over 1,500 miles as the Indians tried to flee to Canada in the late 1800s. The tribe camped here by a river and was massacred by soldiers who fired into tipis as they slept. A field of tipis stripped of their covers marks the haunting site. (AP Photos/Beth J. Harpaz)

WISDOM - Big Hole National Battlefield Visitor Center will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays beginning Nov.19 and ending March 26.

The Big Hole National Battlefield site, along with the 37 other Nez Perce National Historical Park sites, will remain open 7 days a week, year round, for public visitation.

A visitation analysis was conducted and found that visitation to the Big Hole National Battlefield Visitor Center is exceptionally low between November and March. Visitation on Mondays and Tuesdays during this time would average about 7 visitors per day.

The new winter Visitor Center schedule will provide park staff with the ability to conduct outreach and school classroom visits, coordinate special events, and reach a broader audience through website and social media efforts. Public access to the battlefield will remain open throughout the year.

Moving forward the park will continue to evaluate its operations with open dialogue from the public to ensure the most efficient use of park resources.

Big Hole National Battlefield is located 10 miles west of Wisdom on Highway 43. The Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., in the winter. Admission is free year round. For more information, call 406-689-3155.