Nez Perce National Historic Trail

Nez Perce National historic trail is more than 415 sqaure miles and has 114 names peaks over 10,000 feet. One of the more popular hiking trails in the keyhole route on long peaks. At 14,255 feet, longs' peak is the highest peak in the Nez perce National Historic trail and the fifteenth tallest in Montna.

The park contains three distant ecosystems which correspond to elevation: the montane, which is 7,000 to 9,000 feet sea level ; the subalpine ecosystem, which is 9000 to11,500 feet and spand the tree lione; and the alpine tundra , which is over 11,500 feet.

Bighorn sheep are one of the more common animals seen along the trail. The male bighorn is called a ram. It easily is recognized by its massive curled horns, which can weigh 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.

Birds and animals add colo and interest to the landscape. The park contains 65 specis of mammals, 260 species of birds, and 900 species of plants. Black bears, mountain lions and bobcats live in the park seldon are seen. Moose and mule deer are more visible. In autumn herds of American elk roam the park and frequenlty are visible, even at the lower elevations.

Interesting facts: a) In the summer of 2005, a dinosaur foot print was found. The print eas identified as belonging to a three toed foot of cretaceous Theropod. b) The park contains over 650 species of flowering plants as well as many species of mosses, lichen fungi and other plant life.

The park is open 24 hours a day year round.
Park service information Office:
Nez Perce National Historic Trail
12730 Highway 12
Orofino, ID 83544


The Nez Perce National Historic Trail is managed by the U.S Foretsry service

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