Maps & Publications


Publications (Includes Desk Planners)

Brochures (Auto Tours)



Maps of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail

Official Map

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.

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.

Simple Map

Click the map image for a larger version.

Nez Perce National Historic trail 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.

Quarterly Progress Reports

Download progress reports from prior years


Desk Planners

Front Cover of the 2017 deskplanner.

This educational Desk Planner is produced annually by 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. A limited number of planners are printed each year. Contact us at to see if print copies are still available.

The 2017 Planner depicts wildlife along the NPNHT.  The Desk Planner is not only again filled with outstanding pictures from a variety of photographers but also includes information about the Nez Perce connections to the animals depicted, including connections to the events of 1877 as well as Niimíipuu stories and cultural significances associated with the animals.

The 2017 Planner also features excerpts from several Nez Perce legends, space for printing the full legends was limited in the planner but the full versions are here on our website for you to enjoy.

Also, on August 21, 2017, North America will experience a total solar eclipse and parts of the totality will be near the Auto Tour Route of the NPNHT.  For more information including safety information please visit:

The Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls (very near the NPNHT) is joining with NASA to observe and explain the Total Eclipse of 2017 for more information visit:

Please follow these links to the full legends:



Image of 30 year Nez Perce Infographic

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.

NPNHT 30th Infographic

Event Pow Wow Dates for 2017



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.

Auto Tours

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

Image: Of the four Nez Perce Postcards for 2016



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. Click here to view the video Walking on Sacred Ground.

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.


Lewis & Clark Go Adventuring

Lewis & Clark Go Adventuring Image

The Exploring  the Lewis & Clark Trail Partner program was recently funded as a Challenge Cost Share Project by the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (NPNHT)