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.

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Nez Perce Trail in the News

Please click the News & Events link on the left hand side of this page to view and subscribe to news and upcoming event information for the Nez Perce National Historic Trail.

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

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National Scenic, Historic, and Recreation Trails

National Trails System: Connecting History, Cultures and Landscapes

The 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.

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Comprehensive Plan Revision

The staff of the NPNHT invites you to participate in a series of public meetings to revise the Trail’s Comprehensive Plan (CP). Please share your ideas about the future administration of the Trail and learn more about the CP Revision process.

NEWEST Publications in the Auto Tour Series Available!

Auto Tour guides have been created for eight segments of the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail. Canyon Creek to Bear Paw and Through Yellowstone National Park are the newest addition and complete the series. The guides are available as pamphlets, with maps and graphics. Visit our Auto Tours page to download your copy today!

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NEW: Agents of Discovery App Mission sites now

Girl Coyote

Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana. An educational mobile gaming platform that uses augmented reality to motivate youth and their families to get outdoors, moving, and learning.

Schedule of 50th Anniversary of the National Trail System Events

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In 2018, America will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our National Trails System.  The following is a list of events, exhibits, and presentations happening this year along the Trail.


New Poster Now Available:

Remembering the 1877 War and Flight Image

A poster entitled “Remembering the 1877 War and Flight” which commemorates 140 years since the events of the summer of 1877 is now available at a number of locations along NPNHT.

Updated Nez Perce National Historic Trail Map Now Available

An updated map of the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) Image

An updated map of the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT) is now available for sale.

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Key Contacts

  • Sandra Broncheau-McFarland, Administrator  NPNHT
    North Fork Ranger District-Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest
    12730 Hwy 12
    Orofino, Idaho 83544
    (208) 476-8334
  • Roger Peterson, Public Affairs Specialist
    Building 26 Fort Missoula Road
    Missoula, MT 59804
    (406) 329-3540
  • Ryan Domsalla, CP Revision Coordinator
    Building 26 Fort Missoula Road
    Missoula, MT 59804
    (406) 329-3288
Nez Perce Creek, Yellowstone National Park

Images from the Trail, Summer 2010