The Spalding area is home to the Nez Perce National Historical Park's visitor center, museum, 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.
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.
Driving to Nez Perce NHP Visitor Center
Nearby Bus Stations
A Greyhound Bus Station is located in Lewiston, ID 10 miles west of the park.
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, 7 days a week. The hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The visitor center is closed each year on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
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.
Generally, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the park staff provides walks and talks that include museum tours and tipi pitching demonstrations. Please call (208) 843-7001 or email us for more information on daily programs, or to request a program for your group.
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.
Restrooms and picnic tables are available.
Fees, Permits, and Reservations
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) 843-7001 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. should contact us ahead of time by calling (208) 843-7001 or email us.
First Amendment Activities
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:
Respecting Sacred Ground
Burial sites are sacred to the Nez Perce people; therefore visitors are asked to respect the tribal cemetaries within park boundaries. Please heed the following regulations:
Last updated: July 23, 2020