• Nez Perce Camp Trail - Wisdom, Montana

      teepee art
      Photo by Peter Thody
      Big Hole National Battlefield is one of the most poignant of the 38 sites that make up the Nez Perce National Historical Park, being the location of a two day battle that left dozens of women and children dead alongside the many Nez Perce warriors and US Army casualties. Start off at the visitor center where a museum and theater tell the story of the battle, then drive down to the lower parking lot and follow the 1.2 round-trip trail to the site of the Nez Perce camp, memorialised by an extraordinarily beautiful village of skeleton tepees.

      If you go:
      There are other trails to the siege area (where army soldiers were besieged for nearly 24 hours) and the site where the army's howitzer was captured. Whichever trail you choose, keep an eye out for wildlife: coyote, elk, moose and deer are all native to this area.


      16425 Highway 43 West
      Wisdom, Montana 59761 USA

      Mailing address:
      Big Hole National Battlefield
      PO Box 237
      Wisdom, MT 59761 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (406) 689-3155