Nez Perce NHP Visitor Center

The Spalding area is home to the Nez Perce National Historical Park's visitor center and park headquarters along with several historic sites, including the Watson's Store, the Spalding Presbyterian Church, the Northern Idaho Indian Agency's cabin and agent's residence, remnants of the Spalding Mission, the Lawpai Mission cemetery where Henry and Eliza Spalding are buried, and archelogical remains of the gristmill, sawmill, and associated millraces.

This page provides the information you need to plan your trip.

 
A brown colored sign that has 'Nez Perce National Historical Park' on it.
This is the sign at the entrance of the park's visitor center off of U.S. Highway 95 South.

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Getting to Nez Perce National Historical Park's Visitor Center

Nez Perce National Historical Park's Visitor Center is located 10 miles east of Lewiston, ID on U.S. Highway 95 and 3 miles north of Lapwai, ID on U.S. Highway 95.

Location:

  • Latitude/Longitude:
    46°26'50.51"N 116°49'23.78"W
  • Physical address for the visitor center
    39063 US Hwy 95
    Lapwai, ID 83540-9715

Driving to Nez Perce NHP Visitor Center

  • From Highway 128 in Lewiston, ID take U.S. Highway 12 E/ Route 95 seven miles east. When the highway splits, turn right onto U.S. Route 95 S and continue for 2 miles. The entrance to the visitor center will be on your left.
  • From 1-90 in Coeur d'Alene, ID take U.S. Route 95 south one-hundred twenty-three miles south, passing through Lewiston, ID before reaching the park.
  • From I-90 in in Missoula, MT take Highway 93 U.S thirteen miles south (you will drive through Missoula). At Lolo, MT take highway 12 one-hundred ninety-six miles east. When the highway splits, keep left onto U.S. Route 95 S and continue for 2 miles. The entrance to the visitor center will be on your left.
  • From I-84 in Boise, ID take the exit for I-184 north, then Route 44 west to Highway 55. Follow Highway 55 one-hundred ten miles north to U.S. Route 95 in New Meadows, ID. Follow U.S. Route 95 one-hundred thirty-seven miles north. The entrance to the visitor center will be on your right.

Nearby Airports

  • Lewiston, Idaho has a regional airport that is located 11 miles west of the park's visitor center.
  • The communities of Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington are both served by a regional airport that is approximately 40 miles north of the park's visitor center.
  • Spokane International Airport is approximately 115 miles north of the park and is the largest airport in the region.

Nearby Bus Stations

A Greyhound Bus Station is located in Lewiston, ID 10 miles west of the park.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is not available; however, car rentals are available in each of the nearby communities with greyhound stations and airports.

Operating Hours and Seasons

The historic district at the site is open from sunrise to sunset daily year-round.

The visitor center for Nez Perce National Historical Park at Spalding, Idaho, is open all year. The hours of operation are:

  • Winter Hours: From Labor Day to the day before Memorial Day the Visitor Center will be open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday. From December through the end of February the Visitor Center will be closed on Sunday and Monday.
  • Summer Hours: From Memorial Day to the day before Labor Day the Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
  • The visitor center is closed each year on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.

Things to Do

The Visitor Center

Throughout the year, the park film, Of One Heart, is shown. It provides an introduction to the Nez Perce story and is also available for purchase. Museum exhibits feature an outstanding collection of clothing, tools, weapons, and ceremonial objects. The cooperating association, Discover Your Northwest, has a sales outlet where you can purchase items about the Nez Perce and the National Park Service.

Ranger Programs

Generally, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the park staff provides walks and talks that include museum tours and tipi pitching demonstrations.

Exploring the Historic District

There are four short interpretive trails that run through the historic area. A map is available of the trail system and a guide for the river trail. Along the hiking trails you can see these other historical sites: the Watson's Store, the Spalding Presbyterian Church, the Northern Idaho Indian Agency's cabin and agent's residence, remnants of the Spalding Mission, the Lawpai Mission Cemetery where Henry and Eliza Spalding and many Nez Perce people are buried, and archeological remains of the gristmill, sawmill, and associated millraces.

Picnicking

Restrooms and picnic tables are available.

Fees, Permits, and Reservations

Recreational Activities

The general public does not need to pay entrance fees for any recreational activities at including hiking or picnicking. However, reservations are needed for the group picnic area in some cases. Please call (208) 843-7009 or email us to request your reservation.

School and Tour Groups

Primary, secondary, and home-school teachers interested in educational programs can visit our education page for more details about what the park offers. Other groups, including Road Scholar, scout troops, etc.., who would like to interact with a park ranger should contact us ahead of time by calling (208) 843-7009 or email us.

First Amendment Activities

As in all units of the National Park Service, First Amendment Activities are welcome here. There are two designated First Amendment areas at the Spalding site. The first is located on the lawn near the visitor center. The second area is located in the former ballfield / current Spalding picnic area.

First Amendment activities must not interfere with other permitted activities or regular park programing. Groups of less than 25 people are exempt from filing a permit request. Groups of 25 or more must contact the park to obtain a permit:
Phone: (208) 843-7009
e-mail us

Respecting Sacred Ground

Burial sites are sacred to the Nez Perce. Please help us protect and respect the Lapwai Mission Cemetery.

  • Walk or stand on pathways or between graves, not directly atop of them.
  • Eat and prepare food and drinks outside the boundaries of the cemetery.
  • Resist taking rubbings or markings from headstones.
  • Avoid handling the headstones.
  • Leave all items on the graves in place and undisturbed.
  • Recreate outside the boundaries of the cemetery.
  • Adults, please accompany your children into the cemetery.
  • Pay homage to those buried here between dawn and dusk. The park is closed after dark.
  • Report any damage or suspected violation to the National Park Service at (208) 843-7009.

Last updated: December 4, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Nez Perce National Historical Park
39063 US Hwy 95

Lapwai, ID 83540-9715

Phone:

(208) 843-7009

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