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Nez Perce

National Historical Park

In north-central Idaho, near Lewiston; and in Washington, Oregon, and Montana

 

Nez Perce culture, traditions, and history are commemorated and celebrated in this park's 38 sites, which are located in four states. Sites range from small roadside pullouts to village sites and battlefields. The Nez Perce National Historic Trail follows the route the Nez Perce took in the 1877 War and runs from the Wallowa Valley of northeast Oregon to Bear Paw Battlefield in north-central Montana. The park was authorized on May 15, 1965.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Fishing, picnicking, walking, watching film, wildlife viewing. Facilities: 2 visitor centers: in Spalding, ID, and at Big Hole National Battlefield {see separate entry), near Wisdom, MT; trails, museums, interpretive display boards. Book and map sales areas, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Tours and walks (by reservation, tel. 208/843-2261 Ext. 199). Guided hikes, interpretive talks, cultural demonstrations (mid-May-Sept., weekends). Commemorations of Nez Perce War of 1877 (White Bird, June 17; Big Hole, Aug. 6; Bear Paw, Oct. 5). Tips & Hints: Allow plenty of time to visit 38 sites that stretch 1,500 mi. Be prepared for extreme changes in climate and elevation. Busiest in May and Aug., least crowded in Nov. and Feb.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

Camping: None in park. In Harpster: Harpster Riverside RV Park (Off Rte. 13, 13 mi north of Grangeville, tel. 208/983-2312 or 800/983-1918; 25 sites; $22; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups),  Hotels: None in park. In Lewiston: Red Lion Hotel (621 21st St., tel. 208/799-1000; 136 rooms; $66-$99). X Restaurants: None in park. In Lapwai: Donalds Family Dining (U.S. 95, tel. 208/843-7273; $5-$8). In Lewiston: Bojacks Broiler Pit (311 Main St., tel. 208/746-9532; $9-$17; closed Sun.).  Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Lapwai: Valley Foods (204 U.S. 95 N, tel. 208/843-2070).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. Idaho state fishing license required. Nez Perce Reservation permit required for steelhead fishing. Leashed pets only. No hunting. Spalding unit open during daylight. Spalding visitor center open June-Sept., daily 8-5:30; Oct.-May, daily 8-4:30.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Spalding visitor center is 10 mi east of Lewiston on U.S. 12/95. Closest airport: Lewiston.

 

CONTACTS

Nez Perce National Historical Park (39063 U.S. 95 Spalding, ID, 83540, tel. 208/843-2261, fax 208/843-2001). Lewiston Chamber of Commerce (111 Main St., Suite 120, Lewiston, ID 83501, tel. 208/743-3531).

 

Nez Perce National Historical Park. How to get by car to the Nez Perce National Historical Park. How to book a room and its price in the Nez Perce National Historical Park