• 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

A Park About a People For all People

Enfolding the traditional homeland of the Nez Perce, scenic river vistas and rolling mountains with ancient rock art speak to the creation of the Nez Perce. Wander the battlefields of the 1877 war and feel the sadness in the wind. Beginning in January, 2015 the park will be commemorating the 50 anniversary of its establishment. Stay tuned for special program information starting in January, 2015.

Did You Know?

The great Nez Perce rodeo rider Jackson Sundown on his horse, circa 1920. NPS photo NEPE-HI-1922

Horses came into Nez Perce country about the 1730s and the Nez Perce became well known for their large herds of fine horses. The Nez Perce practiced selective breeding to obtain the traits of intelligence, endurance, and speed.