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Why go there?

Nez Perce National Historical Park protects a significant portion of the historic homeland of the Nez Perce tribe, as well as numerous sites that are important to the tribe's history and culture. The park encompasses more than three million acres of land in Idaho, Montana, and Oregon, and includes such features as the Big Hole National Battlefield, where the Nez Perce fought a battle against the US Army in 1877. Other notable sites in the park include the Bear Paw Battlefield, where the Nez Perce made their final stand against the US Army, and the Wallowa Lake State Park, which is sacred to the tribe. The park also provides opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and horseback riding. In addition to its natural and historical significance, the park is also an important cultural resource for the Nez Perce people

About the Park

  • Historical

  • Native-American history

  • Hiking

  • Camping

  • Fishing

  • Horseback riding

  • Bird and wildlife viewing

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