Nez Perce National Historical Park
PO Box 1000
Lapwai, ID 83540
WELCOME to Nez Perce National Historical Park
At this traditional crossing of the Snake River, Joseph and his band
crossed in May, 1877 as they left their homes in Oregon for the
reservation in Idaho. Located in Hell's Canyon National Recreation
Area, the site is accessible by either boat or a high clearance
Joseph Canyon Viewpoint
The canyon seen from the overlook was one of the winter homes of the
Nez Perce. Tradition holds that Chief Joseph was born in a cave along
the east bank of the creek. Restrooms are available.
Old Chief Joseph's Gravesite
The remains of the elder Chief Joseph were reburied here in 1926.
Nearby are the graves of other Nez Perce and some settlers.
At the junction of the Lostine and Wallowa Rivers is a traditional Nez
Perce summer campsite where Old Chief Joseph died in 1871. This
landscape has changed little from the days before the area was
settled. Not a developed site.
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