Washita Battlefield

National Historic Site


November 27, 1868. Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer led the 7th US Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack on a Cheyenne village led by Peace Chief Black Kettle. This site of a tragic clash of cultures during the Great Plains Wars is a place of remembrance for those who died here.

Stories from Washita Battlefield

Nineteenth Century Southern Cheyenne Drawings: Documenting Tsistsistas History and Culture
Since our founding in 1938

WNPA has provided more than

$120 million

in aid to our partner parks to fund educational programs, initiatives, and scientific research

Kids in Parks

National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

What’s Happening at This Park?

2021-10-21 Elk City Carnegie Library 221 W Broadway Elk City, OK 73644 Elk City Reading Ranger
2021-11-09 The Minnie R. Slief Library 201 Cearlock Ave Cheyenne, OK 73628 Reading Ranger Cheyenne
2021-11-11 Sayre Public Library 113 E Poplar Sayre, OK 73662 Reading Ranger Sayre Library
2021-11-13 Gallery @112 112 W Main St Sayre, OK 73662 Reading Ranger Sayre Gallery @112

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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Bring the Parks Home

When you can’t get to a national park for a visit, experience it from the comfort of your home. WNPA’s online store is packed with ranger-approved park collectibles, books, toys, and clothing. Shop for a special item.