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Some Facts About The Nez Perce Chief JosephTrail

  • Some 750 Nez Perce men, women, and children traveled 1,170 miles through Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana before they surrendered to the U.S. Army in 1877, just south of the Canadian border. The ordeal lasted from June to October 1877.
  • They were lead by Chief Joseph, Chief Looking Glass, Chief White Bird, Chief Ollokot, Chief Lean Elk, and others during the Nez Perce flight of 1877.
  • The Nez Perce National Historic Trail starts at Wallowa Lake, Oregon, then heads northeast and crosses the Snake River at Dug Bar. It enters Idaho at Lewiston and cuts across northcentral Idaho, entering Montana near Lolo Pass. It then travels through the Bitterroot Valley, re-entering Idaho at Bannock Pass before winding back into Montana at Targhee Pass to cross the Continental Divide. It bisects Yellowstone National Park and then follows the Clark Fork of the Yellowstone out of Wyoming into Montana. The trail heads north to the Bear's Paw Mountains, ending 40 miles from the Canadian border.
  • The trail was designated a National Historic Trail in 1986.

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Nez Perce National Historic Trail

Heroism, Courage, And Tragedy Combine On The Nez Perce Trail

Learn the story of the Nez Perce Trail. Follow in the footsteps of the 1,170-mile flight through Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana by 750 Nez Perce men, women, and children – led by several chiefs, including Chief Joseph – before they surrendered to the U.S. Army in 1877, just south of the Canadian border. The journey of the Nez Perce from their homelands is one of the most fascinating and sorrowful events in U.S. history. The Nez Perce chiefs saw flight to Canada as their last hope for peace. Their desperate and circuitous route is today called the Nez Perce National Historic Trail . It stretches from Wallowa Lake, Oregon, to the Bear Paw Battlefield near Chinook, Montana.

Follow The Nez Perce National Historic Trail Through Idaho, Wyoming, And Montana

Learn about one of America’s darkest chapters on the Nez Perce Trail. Use the Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies to plan a trip to this storied historical landmark.

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