At a number of park sites there are short trails that allow visitors to interact with the park's resources:
There are four short interpretive trails that run through the historic area. We have a map available of the trail system and a guide for the river trail. Restrooms and picnic tables are available.
There is a short interpretive trail that provides a Nez Perce and English language interpretation of the story of Coyote's battle with a monster. Restrooms and picnic tables are available.
A short interpretive trail meanders through the site where the Lewis and Clark expedition built canoes in 1805. Restrooms are available.
A short interpretive trail leads visitors to the petrogylphs and pictographs. No facilities.
Walk on the site of the first clash of the Nez Perce War of 1877. Round trip is approximately 1.5 miles and a trail guide is available. The battlefield can be very hot in the summer months. Please bring plenty of water. There are no facilities.
On August 9, the U.S. Army attacked the Nez Perce camp at Big Hole, resulting in heavy losses for the Nez Perce. They rallied and besieged the troops, allowing the Nez Perce families to escape. The battlefield has a series of trails that run through the battlefield. For more information, please visit the park's website. Restrooms and visitor center.
The last battle of the 1877 war occurred here. A one mile trail allows access to the battlefield. Vault toilets are available on the battlefield.
Did You Know?
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.