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Part of our in-depth series exploring Sioux Nation Forts

Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks
P.O. Box 100
Pryor, MT 59066
Phone: 406-252-1289
Fax: 406-252-6668
https://fwp.mt.gov/

Picture of Plenty Coups State Park

Situated within the Crow Reservation in south central Montana, this park was the home of Plenty Coups, last chief of the Crow. Plenty Coups' log home and store remain as evidence of the chief's efforts to lead his people in adopting the lifestyle of the white man. The park is 4,033 feet in elevation and encompasses 195 acres. The museum on site offers disabled accessibility and flush toilets. The park has vault toilets, grills/fire rings, picnic tables, trash cans, and drinking water. There is no overnight camping allowed, and day use fees of $8.00 per vehicle (or $4.00 walk-in) are charged. Montana residents go free. There are several golf courses and museums nearby in Billings, and the town of Pryor is less than one mile away which can provide some amenities to visitors.

Directions

Chief Plenty Coups State Park from Billings: Follow signs on I-90, Exit 452. 35 miles south on Highway 416, then 1 mile west of Pryor on county (Edgar) road.

Summer Season

mid-May to mid-September

Hours of Operation

Park: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (summer) and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed-Sun (winter). Meanwhile, the museum (visitor center and chief's house) are open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed on all federal and state holidays with exception of Memorial Day, Labour Day, and Independence Day.

Payment Methods

Personal Check (In State)
Personal Check (Out of State)
Travelers Checks

Services and Amenities

Handicapped Accessible
Books
Maps
Pets Allowed
Gift Shop
Parking
Public Restroom
Registered Historic Site

Activities

Picnicking
Fishing
Hiking
Historic
Museum
Photography
Wildlife Viewing
Cultural
Archaeology
Exhibit
Heritage
Nature

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