The new 2010 official map of the trail, produced on a “plastic paper,” sells for $10 at Forest Service and National Park Service offices and online through Discover Your Northwest and the National Forest Store. Click the map cover to see an image of the map.
Documents produced by the Nez Perce National Historic Trail can be found below. Some of these publications can be ordered in hard copy, some are available online, and some are available in both formats. The quarterly progress report online documents are provided in PDF or a text only, screen-reader accessible version (in progress). For further information on hard-copy publications, contact us.
This 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 limited number of planners are printed each year. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if print copies are still available.
The NPNHT Brochure includes an overview of the Trail, a map and photos, sources for hard-copy maps, local information contacts for sites along the Trail, and a short list of additional sources of information on the Nez Perce and the Trail.
Retrace the routes used by the Nez Perce Indians and U.S. military forces during the summer of 1877. With the cooperation of State Highway Departments and County Commissioners in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, over 1500 miles of federal, state and county roads have been designated as the Nez Perce National Historic Trail Auto Route. The route roughly parallels the course traveled by the Nez Perce bands during their historic 1877 flight beginning near Wallowa Lake, Oregon and ending at the Bear Paw Battlefield south of Chinook, Montana. The auto route consists of three-season, all weather roadways ranging from high-standard gravel segments to portions of Interstate 15 and 90. Nez Perce National Historic Trail signs have been erected along the primary auto route and two alternate segments.
The staff of the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) is pleased to announce that a third series of postcards is now available as free interpretive handouts. We are distributing copies to visitor locations along the NPNHT. These postcards feature several historical figures whose lives were impacted by the events of 1877: Waaya-Tonah-Toesits-Kahn (Jackson Sundown), Piyopyóot’alikt (Peo Peo Tholekt - Bird Alighting), Colonel Samuel Davis Sturgis, and Charles Erskine Scott Wood. If you cannot obtain them locally and would like copies, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail traverses a landscape of history and carries understanding to those who travel it. For thousands of years the Nez Perce, who call themselves Niimiipuu (The People), followed this trail across the mountains to visit friends and relatives on the plains, to trade and to hunt buffalo.
Then in 1877, it became a trail of sadness. More than 750 Nez Perce, mostly women, children and elderly, made a heroic yet futile flight seeking freedom and peace far from their homeland. They found only bloodshed and suffering as U.S. soldiers relentlessly pursued them.
Congress established the 1,170-mile Nez Perce route as a National Historic Trail in 1986 to ensure significant sites will be preserved for future generations.
As you stand in the exact places the combatants stood, you will realize what happened in 1877 -- when a group of people fought for and lost their homeland-- could be a story from today's headlines. But you may also feel hope in knowing the decedents of those who once met in battle now walk this trail together.