• 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

Things To Know Before You Come

Nez Perce National Historical Park has sites that encompass ten thousand years of Nez Perce history and culture. Whether you plan to visit all thirty-eight sites or just drop in to the park's visitor centers, there are some things to consider when you plan you your trip. If there are questions and concerns that require more information than this website provides, please contact the park's visitor center at (208) 843-7001 for more information.

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.