Nez Perce National Historic Trail LogoCongress passed the National Trails System Act in 1968, establishing a framework for a nationwide system of scenic, recreational, and historic trails. The Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail stretches from Wallowa Lake, Oregon, to the Bear Paw Battlefield near Chinook, Montana. It was added to this system by Congress as a National Historic Trail in 1986...learn more.

Tee Pee at Big Hole National Historic Battlefield Nez Perce dancers in traditional regailia at the Tamkaliks celebration Snowbanks line the icy waters of the Lochsa River. Camas flowers dot the green grass in Packers Meadows. A cyclist rides past the bluffs near Canyon Creek Battlefield. Horseback riders heading out on day one of the Chief Joseph Trail Ride. Rocky butte near canyon creek battlefield. The rugged landscape of the upper missouri river breaks

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Please click the News & Events link on the left hand side of this page to view and subscribe to news and upcoming event information for the Nez Perce National Historic Trail.

Trail Ethics and Safety

It is up to us to respectfully use the trail while remembering that it is part of our heritage. To the Nee-Me-Poo, the trail is part of their sacred land, land they still use. If we want those who come after us to have a sense of the trail history, it is up to us to preserve and protect it. Click here to learn more.

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Comprehensive Plan Revision

The staff of the NPNHT invites you to participate in a series of public meetings to revise the Trail’s Comprehensive Plan (CP). Please share your ideas about the future administration of the Trail and learn more about the CP Revision process.

NEWEST Publications in the Auto Tour Series Available!

Auto Tour guides have been created for eight segments of the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail. Canyon Creek to Bear Paw and Through Yellowstone National Park are the newest addition and complete the series. The guides are available as pamphlets, with maps and graphics. Visit our Auto Tours page to download your copy today!

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Nez Perce 2016 Desk Planner Available

The educational Desk Planner is produced annually by the Nez Perce National Historic Trail staff with assistance from the Nez Perce Tribe, Recreation Solutions and other partners.

A Landscape of History Video

This beautifully produced video takes you on the 1,170-mile journey taken by the Nez Perce tribe in 1877. It highlights the need to preserve and interpret this landscape of history. 20 min.


Updated Nez Perce National Historic Trail Map Now Available

An updated map of the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) Image

An updated map of the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) is now available for sale.

Nez Perce 2016 Postcards

2016 Nez Perce Postcard Thumb Image

These postcards feature several historical figures whose lives were impacted by the events of 1877.

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Key Contacts

  • Sandi McFarland, Administrator NPNHT
    Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest
    12730 Hwy 12
    Orofino, Idaho 83544
    (208) 476-8334
  • Roger Peterson, Public Affairs Specialist
    Building 26 Fort Missoula Road
    Missoula, MT 59804
    (406) 329-3540
  • Julie Molzahn, CP Revision Coordinator
    PO Box 429
    Plains, MT 59859
    (406) 826-4352