About the Park

For thousands of years, the Nez Perce lived freely in the vast open spaces of the Northwest, among its rivers, mountains and valleys. Today, the tribe's ancient presence and its more recent, and tragic, history are preserved at Nez Perce National Historical Park.

The Park is a park about a people, for all people. It is not one place but many. It is not one story, but a multitude of stories. The stories are often emotional and sometimes controversial, but they bind us together in a common history and define us as a nation. The Park includes 38 sites scattered throughout the traditional Nimiipuu homeland in what is now Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana. These sites commemorate the legends and the history of the Nez Perce and their interaction with others. This includes other Indian peoples, as well as the explorers, fur traders, missionaries, soldiers, settlers, gold miners, loggers, and farmers who moved through and into the Nez Perce homeland.