• 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

Picnic Area Reservations

Nestled among the trees of the Spalding Memorial Arborteum, there is a site than can be reserved for wedding receptions, family reunions, or large gatherings. Reservations are available on a first come/first serve basis for groups of 40 or more people.

There is no fee or deposit required to use the site. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance of the event. Please call the park at (208) 843-7009 to see what dates are available. You can also send an inquiry through e-mail.

Other considerations:

  • Barbeque grills are provided. If you use your stoves, please take care to avoid damaging the picnic table tops.
  • There are are recycling containers located in the reservation area. Please separate your trash and recycle what you can in the appropriate containers.
  • Electricity is not available.
  • Large vehicles such as recreational vehicles or buses are cautioned to carefully use the limited turn around space that is available.
  • Digging and the use of metal detectors is not allowed anywhere in the park.
 

Spalding Cemetery

The National Park Service cooperates with the Nez Perce Tribe in the maintenance and care of this cemetery.

Burial sites are sacred to the Nez Perce, therefore all visitors are expected to respect the cemeteries within Park boundaries. Visitation is allowed at the Spalding Cemetery but you are asked by the Nez Perce not to stand on marked graves, take rubbings from headstones or touch memorial items left on the graves. Eating, drinking, or any type of recreational activity within the cemetery is considered inappropriate behavior.

Did You Know?

Original art work by Roy Anderson depicting Lewis and Clark meeting the Nez Perce for the first time.

In September of 1805 Lewis and Clark crossed into Nez Perce country. A debate ensued among the Nez Perce. Should they assist these strangers or attack them? A female Nez Perce elder, Wetxuuwíis (Wet-k'hoo-wees)urged her people to do them no harm. Her words were heeded; the expedition was welcomed.