Billings, Little Big Horn, and the Montana Plains Sights

Chief Plenty Coups State Park

  • Native American Site

Published 01/19/2016

Fodor's Review

Although many Plains Indian tribes opposed the intrusion of whites into their lands, the Crow did not. Hoping that U.S. troops would keep the rival Cheyenne and Lakota off their lands, the Crow allied themselves with the U.S. government. Ultimately, the army protected Crow territory from the other tribes—but only so it could be settled by whites. Despite the betrayal, the last traditional chief of the Crow, Plenty Coups, strongly encouraged his people to adopt modern ways and cooperate with the U.S. government. At his request, his home and general store in the town of Pryor were preserved as a state park after his death. Note the blending of modern and traditional ways, such as the room of honor in the rear of his log home, meant to parallel the place of honor along the back wall of a tepee. Parks Passports are not valid here.

Sight Information


1 mi west of Pryor on county road, Pryor, Montana, 59066, United States



Sight Details:

  • Free to Montana residents, $5 per vehicle for others
  • May–Sept., daily 8–8

Published 01/19/2016


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