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 about the Nez Perce National Historic Trail.

Scene of Woodhawk Bottom Recreation Area in Central Montana Image of the informational signs at Fort Fizzle Interpretation near Lolo, Montana Image of Camp Howard sign along the 500 Road View of Missouri River Breaks Image of Interpretation at eastern end of Chief Joseph Scenic Highway Image of Indian Post Office on Lolo Motorway Tamkaliks Celebration, Wallowa, Oregon Yellowstone National Park North Entrance, Roosevelt Arch by Jacob Frank, NPS photo

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. Learn more about trail ethics and safety

National Scenic, Historic, and Recreation Trails

National Trails System: Connecting History, Cultures and LandscapesThe Forest Service manages and cares for many National Scenic, Historic, and Recreation Trails with the help of countless volunteers and partners.

For additional information, refer to the Partnership for the National Trail System, American Trails, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management national trail websites.