Maps & Publications
The new 2016 official map of the Trail, produced on a “plastic paper,” can be purchased at Forest Service and National Park Service offices along the Trail and online through Discover Your Northwest and the U.S. Geological Survey Store. Click the map cover to see an image of the map.
Click here for the NEW Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) visitor tear sheet map.
Click here to see the Historic Poster Map.
The Nez Perce Trail Foundation has built an interactive map. Click here for the link to the Google Map version.
The content can be viewed in a virtual environment using Google Earth.
Click the map image for a larger version.
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.
Quarterly Progress Reports
The Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) staff with assistance from the Nez Perce Tribe, Center for Design and Interpretation and other partners for a number of years produced an annual educational Desk Planner.
We are currently not producing these but hope that we’d might be able to again in the future.
We know that educators and others have made excellent use of these desk planners in past. We will work with staff and hopefully be able to post some planners from past years online in the coming months.
2017 Desk Planner Nez Perce Legends:
On October 6, 2016, the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) entered our 30th year as a National Historic Trail. The staff of the NPNHT in partnership with the Bitterroot Cultural Heritage has produced the following Infographic. The infographic points out features of the NPNHT including current points of interest which help visitors explore our public lands as well as the living Nez Perce culture.
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 Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail Traveling Displays are available for loan. If you would like additional information on how to reserve the displays please visit this site: Nez Perce (Nee-Mee-Poo) National Historic Trail Traveling Displays
In 2011, staff from the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) and other visitor locations along the NPNHT noticed a growing trend. More and more visitors are seeking “Passport Stamp” cancellations for National Parks, National Forests, National Monuments, and National Historic Trails they have visited.
In 2012 the first of several NPNHT Passport Stamps were placed at visitor centers along the Trail. The stamp displays the NPNHT logo, and has the location of the facility where the stamp was obtained and rotating date wheel, so visitors will know the date when they visited that site.
Now in 2018 these stamps are available at 14 locations along the NPNHT (see list below).
The Passport to Your National Parks was created to help visitors explore their National Parks, and has become a popular way for people to document their travels. The program has expanded to include a number of USDA Forest Service locations, like the NPNHT. More information, including purchasing a Passport or retail opportunities, can be found from Eastern National Parks Association, www.eparks.com.
- Remembering the 1877 War and Flight
- Reflections of 1877-The Legacy
- Nez Perce Leaders on the Flight of 1877
- This Land is My Body - Nez Perce Seasonal Round
- Chief Joseph
- Nez Perce Homeland
- People Traveling
- Prelude to War: Lapwai Council May 3, 1877
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.
We have two videos featuring the Nez Perce and the sacred lands of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. A Landscape of History is featured below. View videos.
Landscape of History
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. .
This historical resource bibliography (annotated and non-annotated) has been compiled to aid the trail manager, interpreter, or novice researcher in the quest for quality information on Nez Perce history, culture, and involvement with the U.S. military during the conflict of 1877.