Nez Perce Trail

Only a small part of the route taken by the Nez Perce who fled from the U.S. Army in 1877 went through Yellowstone, and they largely eluded their pursuers while in the park. However, the two weeks that the Nez Perce spent in Yellowstone became part of the tragic story they continue to pass down to their children. Their route through the park is also part of the 1,170-mile Nez Perce National Historic Trail, which extends from Wallowa Lake, Oregon, to the Bear’s Paw Mountains in Montana. From there, some Nez Perce escaped to Canada, but most of the survivors surrendered and were sent to reservations.

(Painting on bottom of collage above by Nakia Williamson, cropped to fit.)

Updated 8/9/10