Nez Perce National Historical Trail

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Nez Perce National Historic Trail is more than 415 square miles and has 114 named peaks over 10,000 feet. Longs' Peak. At 14,255 feet, Longs' Peak is the highest peak in the New Perce National Historical Trail and the fifteen tallest in Montana.

The park contains three distinct ecosystems which correspond to elevation: the montane, which is 7,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level; the subalpine ecosystem which is 9,000 to 11,500 feet and spans the tree line; and the alpine tundra, at the top, which is over 11,500 feet

 

Bighorn sheep are one of the more commom animals seen along the trial. The male bighorn is called a ram. It easily is recognized by its massive curled horns, which can wiegh more than 30 pounds. The females, called ewes, have smaller horns. They can have from one to two kids every spring. The bighorn can live to be 10-15 years old.

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Birds and animals ad color and interest to the landscape. The park contains 65 species of mammals, 260 species of birds, and 900 species of plants. Black bears, mountain lions, and bobcats live in the park, but seldom are seen. Moose and mule deer are more visible. In autumn, herd of American elk roam the park and frequantly are visible, even at the lower elevations.

Interesting facts: a) In the summer of 2005, a dinasuar footpront was found. The print was identiified as belonging to a three-toed foot of a Cretaceous Theropod. b) The park contains over 650 species of flowering plants as well as many species of mosses, lichens, fungi, algae, and other plant life.

 

The park is open 24 hours a day year round.
Park Service Information Office:
Nez Perce National Historical Trail
12730 Highway 12
Orofino, ID 83544
E-mail:nez_perce_trail@fs.fed.us

The Nez Perce National Historical Trail is managed by the U.S.
Forestry Service

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