In the immediate aftermath of the battle at White Bird Canyon, the Nez Perce crossed the Salmon River twice and reappeared on the Camas Prairie. As they crossed the prairie, they fought with the U.S. Army and volunteers near Cottonwood, ID. From July 3rd to July 5th of 1877, skirmishes took place between the U.S. Army and the Nez Perce.
Getting to Cottonwood Skirmish Site
A historical marker with information about the Cottonwood Skirmish Site is located off of U.S. Highway 95, aprroximately 2 miles south of the town of Cottonwood, ID.
Driving to Cottonwood Skirmish Site
From Cottonwood, ID, continue south on U.S. Highway 95 South for 1.5 miles. The highway pullout will be on the left.
Things to Do at Cottonwood Skirmish Site
Explore the Site
The Cottonwood Skirmish Site is now privately owned and is not accessible to the public. Two historical markers at the highway pullout off of Highway 95 provides information about the battle.
The Cottonwood Skirmish Site is located approximately 48 miles southwest of the Nez Perce National Historical Park's visitor center where further information is available.
Last updated: December 30, 2022