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Bigfoot Pass Overlook

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Bigfoot Pass originally was a route utilized by Lakota leader, Spotted Elk, to elude the U.S. Army. After the murder of Sitting Bull on December 15, 1890, nearly 200 Hunkpapa Lakota fled to join Chief Spotted Elk, also known as Big Foot, and his band of Miniconjou Lakota at the Cheyenne Reservation. Days later, a 7th Cavalry detachment met the group and escorted them to Wounded Knee Creek. Tensions rose and the 7th Cavalry massacred an estimated 150-300 men, women, and children at Wounded Knee. Now, the Bigfoot Pass Overlook is an impressive geologic vista perfect for photos that show different vegetation types than the rest of the park.