Spalding, ID 83540
Since time immemorial, the Nimiipuu or Nez Perce have lived among the rivers, canyons and prairies of the inland northwest. Despite the cataclysmic change of the past two centuries, the Nez Perce are still here. Experience the story of a people who are still part of this landscape.
Hours + Fees
The Visitor Center at Spalding, Idaho, is open all year. In the winter months from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and until 5:00 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The Visitor Center at Big Hole National Battlefield in Wisdom, Montana is open all year. From Memorial Day to September 10. The park is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. In the winter from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Bear Paw Battlefield is open year round from dawn to dusk. The Blaine County Museum in Chinook has exhibits and an audiovisual program on the battle at Bear Paw. In the summer the museum is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They are closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. For the remainder of the year, it is open on weekdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. They are closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.
Map + Directions
Given the distances between certain sites, an automobile provides the greatest flexibility in visiting Nez Perce National Historical Park. Nearly all of the sites are located on or near state highways and are identified by prominent signs.
Spalding Visitor Center, Nez Perce National Historical Park
The Spalding Visitor Center is 11 miles east of Lewison of U.S. Hwy 95.
Big Hole National Battlefield is located ten miles west of Wisdom, Montana on state highway 43.
Bear Paw Battlefield is located sixteen miles south of Chinook, Montana on Route 240.