• 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

Your Safety

You are responsible for knowing the park rules and regulations that help protect the unique cultural and natural resources of Nez Perce National Historical Park and Big Hole National Battlefield.

Hiking

  • For your safety, please stay on designated trails.
  • Park sites range from 700 feet to 6,300 feet in elevation. At the higher altitudes, even hiking a moderate trail may seem strenuous to those not accustomed to the elevation.
  • The summer months can be especially hot. If you choose to hike, please remember to bring plenty of water and protect yourself from sun exposure by wearing a hat and sunscreen.

Driving

When driving around park sites, please obey posted speed limits. In congested areas please be aware of pedestrians in the roadways.

Please be aware of your fuel level. Many of the park's sites are located in sparsely populated rural areas, in particular Highway 12. If you have an opportunity to fuel up, please do. The next gas station may be over fifty miles away.

Please Dial 911 in an Emergency

Did You Know?

In June 2005, this buffalo hide tipi was put up for the first time in fifty years.

In the museum collection of Nez Perce National Historical Park is a magnificent buffalo hide tipi made of eighteen separate hides. This tipi is one of only a few that are know to survive from the mid-nineteenth century. It was donated by the Lawyer family.