Visit Hasotino Village Site

Archaeologists working in Nez Perce country have uncovered evidence that the Nez Perce have lived in the Pacific Northwest for close to 11,000 years. One of the largest villages on the Snake River was Hesutiin or Hasotino. The village was located near an important lamprey fishery which provided the jawless fish, a delicacy among the Nez Perce.

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

 
A hiking trail on a grassy hillside with a river in the background.
Hasotino Village Site is part of Hells Gate State Park.

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Getting to Hasotino Village Site

The Hasotino Village Site is located about 6 miles southwest of Lewiston, Idaho, in Hells Gate State Park.

Location

  • Latitude/Longitude:
    46°21'11.05"N 117°3'34.40"W

Driving to Hasotino Village Site

From Lewiston, Idaho, head northwest on 21st St toward 19th Ave. Then turn left onto 16th Ave. Continue onto Southway Ave for 0.7 miles. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Snake River Ave. Continue on Snake River Ave for 2 miles and then turn right onto Hells Gate Rd. Continue on Hells Gate Road until you hit Hells Gate State Park.

Things to Do at Hasotino Village Site

Explore the Site

The Hasotino Village Site is now owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, and is incorporated into Hells Gate State Park. Little is left of the village, but depressions south of the campground are the remnants of pit houses used for years by the Nez Perce as they fished for lamprey near Astoin Creek.

Nearby Amenities

Hells Gate State Park is a popular recreation area located just outside of Lewiston, Idaho. Possible recreational activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, swimming, and other water sports.

The Hasotino Village Site is located approximately 17 miles southwest of the Nez Perce National Historical Park's visitor center where further information is available.

In addition, the Idaho Department of Commerce has a trip planning website that will help you locate hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, and other amenities near the Hasotino Village Site

 
A steep rocky mountain side along a river.

Learn more about Hasotino Village Site

By studying the remnants of ancient sites like Hasotino, we attempt to understand the traditions of the Nez Perce ancestors.

Last updated: January 13, 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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