• 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

Operating Hours & Seasons

The visitor center for Nez Perce National Historical Park at Spalding, Idaho, is open all year. The hours of operation are:

Winter Hours:
From late November to mid-March the visitor center will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Spring Hours: From mid-March to Memorial Day weekend, the visitor center will be open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Summer Hours: From Memorial Day Weekend (May 26, 2014) to Labor Day (September 1, 2014) the visitor center will be open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Fall Hours: From Labor Day to late November, the visitor center will be open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.


The Visitor Center at Big Hole National Battlefield in Wisdom, Montana is open all year. The hours of operation are:

Spring and Summer Hours: From mid-May to mid-September the park is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Winter Hours: In November, the park's winter hours will be - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call the park for current conditions - 406-689-3155.

Fall Hours: Early September to mid-November, the park is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please Note: Early winter weather can have an effect on hours. Call the park for current conditions: 406-689-3155.

The visitor center is closed Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Martin Luther King Day, and President's Day.


Bear Paw Battlefield is open year round from dawn to dusk. The Blaine County Museum in Chinook has exhibits and an audiovisual program on the battle at Bear Paw. In the summer the museum is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They are closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. For the remainder of the year, it is open on weekdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. They are closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

Did You Know?

Nez Perce male fishing from a canoe. NPS Photo NEPE-HI-783

The Nez Perce often travelled great distances to fish with family and friends. They fished as far away as present day Willamette Falls, near Oregon City as well as Celilo and Kettle Falls to the north.