• Nez Perce National Historical Park. Front Page banner photograph is of Heart of the Monster, an ancient place where the Nez Perce creation story originates. The secondary page photograph is of Nez Perce beadwork.

    Nez Perce

    National Historical Park ID,MT,OR,WA

While At The Park

When you visit the park, the staff wants everyone to have a good time. Please review the following rules with those who will be attending a program at the park:

  • Please do not consume food, drink and chewing gum in the museum.
  • Please enter the building quietly as not to disturb other visitors.
  • Please do not touch objects unless directed by the park staff.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the building.
  • Rest rooms and a drinking fountain are available.

If you eat lunch in the picnic area, there are specific rules that govern behavior around the cemetery. Burial sites are sacred to the Nez Perce therefore all visitors are expected to respect the cemetery as sacred ground. PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING RULES:

  • Please do not walk or stand on the graves.
  • Please do not take food or drinks into the cemetery.
  • Please do not take rubbings or markings from headstones.
  • Please do not handle the headstones.
  • Please do not touch or bother any items on the graves.
  • Please do not engage in any type of recreational activity.
  • Adults please accompany children if they decide to walk through the cemetery.

Did You Know?

Josiah Redwolf, the last survivor of the 1877 Nez Perce War in 1968 with the Big Hole Superintendent. NPS Photo NEPE-HI-3044.

Josiah Red Wolf was five years old when the 1877 war began. His parents were killed at the Battle of Big Hole in Montana. He returned to Big Hole at the age of 91 to help dedicate the new visitor center in 1968.