Nez Perce National Historical Park is a non-traditional National Park. It consists of 38 sites that together tell the story of the Nez Perce people. These sites are spread over much of the traditional homeland of the Nez Perce in present-day Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Staff are located at the visitor center in Spalding, ID, at the Big Hole National Battlefield, and at the Bear Paw Battlefield. To visit all of the park sites could take a substantial amount of time and cover many hundreds of miles.
General information is included below. For more specific details, please visit each site's trip planning page. A list of each can be found on the places to go page.
Given the distances between certain sites, an automobile provides the greatest flexibility in visiting Nez Perce National Historical Park. Nearly all of the sites are located on or near state highways and are identified by prominient signs.
There are many communities in the region that have airports, large and small, that provide acess to park sites.
- Idaho, Oregon, and Washington sites: Air service near the park sites in this tri-state area is available to Lewiston, Idaho, Moscow, Idaho and Spokane, Washington.
- Montana: Airports are available in Billings, Butte, Great Falls, and Missoula.
There is no direct rail service to any of the park's sites. The closest Amtrak rail stations are in Spokane, Washington and Havre, Montana.
There is no direct bus service to any of the park's sites. Communities with Greyhound bus staions include, but are not limited to:
- Idaho: Coeur d'Alene, Craigmont, Lewiston, and Moscow.
- Montana: Butte, Dillon, Great Falls, and Missoula.
- Oregon: Pendelton, Stanfield
- Washington: Colville, Pullman, Spokane, and Walla Walla.
Public transportation is not available near any of the park's 38 sites; however, car rentals are available in many of the nearby communities with bus stations, train stations, and airports.