Bear Paw Battlefield
One of three sites of the Nez Perce National Historic Park in Montana, the Bear Paw Battlefield is located 16 miles south of Chinook on Highway 240. At this site, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce surrendered on October 5, 1877 after a 1,300 mile retreat. It was here that Chief Joseph made his eloquent speech of surrender, stating, From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever. A self guided trail, picnic tables, and restrooms are available. Overnight camping is not permitted. Interpretive signs and markers recount the events of this historical battle. NPS Park Ranger available.
Bear Paw Battlefield is the final stop on the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. The 1,300 mile trail starts in Joseph, Oregon, and follows the path of the non-treaty Nez Perce bands during the 1877 Campaign. The trail passes through federal, tribal, state, local and privately owned lands.
The Blaine County Museum, at 501 Indiana Ave., Chinook, is the interim Visitor Center for the National Park Service. The Museums presentation 40 Miles from Freedom describes the Battle and is shown on request. The museum also has a variety of exhibits on local history. The Museums hours are subject to change. Call 406-357-2590 for information.
Nez Perce National Historical Park
Bear Paw Battlefield is located 16 miles south of Chinook, on Highway 240 on US Highway 2. Full time park ranger, no fee.
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Hours of Operation
Staff hour vary March to November. On-site ranger daily late June to mid-August.
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