• 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

Scenic Vistas

From many places in their traditional homeland, the Nimiipuu could see grand vistas of land that had been created for them. Today, the management of natural resources on private lands and also within the park directly affects, and has the potential to impact, other significant resources such as cultural landscapes and scenic vistas. Many have come to hold the landscapes and views of park lands as one of the its most valuable assets. These include scenes of early exploration, fur trade, missionary zeal, mining and agriculture, westward expansion of the nation, Nez Perce/United States conflict, and a continuation of the culture of the Nez Perce country.
Smoking Place is a site along the Lewis and Clark trail, near the 500 road above the Lochsa River. Wildfire smoke may block views during the summer season.
NPS Photo

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.