Bear Paw Battlefield
Nez Perce National Historical Park
PO Box 1000
Lapwai, ID 83540
WELCOME to Bear Paw
Located 15 miles south of Chinook, MT on
Highway 240, the Bear Paw Battlefield commemorates the final battle
of the Nez Perce War of 1877.
Following the breakout of war in Idaho, nearly
800 Nez Perce spent a long and arduous summer fleeing U.S. Army
troops first toward Crow allies and then toward refuge in
Forty miles short of the Canadian border and
following a five-day battle and siege, the Nez Perce ceased fighting
at Bear Paw on October 5th, 1877, in which Chief Joseph gave his
immortal speech: �From where the sun now stands, I will fight no
Visiting the Battlefield
The battlefield is open daily, year-round,
during daylight hours.
The first stop should be the visitor center
located at the Blaine County Museum, 501 Indiana Street in Chinook.
(406) 357-2590 The museum offers the audio/visual presentation, �40
Miles to Freedom,� which depicts the battle and siege at Bear
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the museum is
open Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed noon to 1
pm) and on Sunday from Noon to 5:00 pm.
A brochure/trail map is available at either
the museum or the battlefield. A self-guided 1 � mile interpretive
trail winds through the battlefield.
The trail is moderate in difficulty. Please
bring a hat and plenty of water during the hotter summer months.
Picnic tables and vault toilets are available on site.
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