Friday, October 5, 2012

Experience a tapestry of fall colors at Nez Perce National Historical Park

The Nez Perce National Historical Park is a collection of 38 sites that spread into four states: Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho. Beginning mid-month and continuing through the end of October, autumn leaf colors and golden landscapes are expected to dazzle.

The spectacle drapes the riverbanks and canyons, prairies and mountains, plateaus and plains of the park; two beautiful drives make for a picture-perfect fall foliage RV adventure: the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Nez Perce Trail. The open landscapes of White Bird Battlefield and Spalding (both in Idaho) turn tawny and scarlet, while stands of aspen and cottonwoods, along with the sagebrush steppe of Buffalo Eddy in Washington glitter in golden hues. If you visit this area, don’t miss the amazing petroglyphs.

Unique for its cultural significance the Park offers a multi-layered look at a culture that never arrived from somewhere else ... the Nez Perce have always inhabited this vast swatch of the central Northwest. Be sure to visit the two excellent museums within the Visitor Centers to learn about the traditions and lifestyle of the Nez Perce.

The Park Headquarters and Visitor Centers at both Spalding, ID and Wisdom, MT are open year-round. Click here to plan your visit and check hours.  

While there is no camping within the national park, dozens of campgrounds are located close by in all four states. Click here for camping information

There are no entrance fees to the Historical Park.

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