The Big Hole Battlefield starts its winter hours this weekend.

The visitor center is open (free to the public) 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.with new exhibits, a video presentation and literature.

Leslie Lula, in a news release, said the battlefield will be closed for federal holidays November 12, November 22, December 25, January 1, January 21 and February 18.

She urged caution on the battlefield trails, where winter weather can cause unexpected closures. To make sure you can access the trails before you come, call the battlefield at (406) 689-3155.

From the top of Lost Trail Pass, head east on MT 43 over Chief Joseph Pass. You'll reach the battlefield in 16 miles.

The Big Hole National Battlefield is the site of a battle between the Nez Perce Indians and the US 7th Cavalry and civilians. In two days, 31 soldiers and civilians and between 75-90 Nez Perce men, women and children lost their lives in the conflict. Chief Joseph was attempting to escape an Idaho reservation and find refuge in Canada.