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Nez Perce National
Historic Trail
A Commemoration of the Journey

A Commemoration of the Journey

Explore the Nez Perce (Nimíipuu or Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail, running from Wallowa Lake, Oregon, to Bear Paw Battlefield near Chinook, Montana, and preserving the footsteps of the Nez Perce Indians. Covering 1,170 miles, this trail commemorates the 1877 journey of the Nez Perce tribe, led by Chief Joseph, as they evaded the U.S. army. In Western Montana, the trail traverses from Lolo through the Bitterroot Valley on U.S. Highway 93 S.

Please recreate responsibly on this sacred path, adhering to Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace principles.

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Educational Tours

Each summer, the Nez Perce Trail Foundation offers guided, week-long driving, hiking and camping educational tours of the trail throughout the year, visiting sites that include Wallowa Valley, Lolo Trail, Nez Perce National Historical Park, Big Hole Battlefield and Tamkaliks Celebration & Friendship Feast.

Auto Tours

Retrace the Nez Perce National Historical Trail by car along more than 1,500 miles of federal, state and county roads narrated by the Auto Route, with trail signs along the way. Read more about auto tours here, including a map and brochure, history, and points of interest along the entirety of the trail.

Hiking/Horseback Tours

Order a trail map with modern-day travel routes and sites to visit along the trail.

Read more about the Nez Perce National Historic trail from the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, including FAQs.

Recreate Responsibly Plan Ahead, Play it Safe, and Leave No Trace.
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