9:00 - 15.4 miles / 30 minutes - 9:30
Nez Perce National Historical Park
The Nez Perce National Historical Park consists of 38 sites scattered across the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana. Travel through the park and commemorate the stories and history of the Nimiipuu or Nez Perce and their interaction with explorers, fur traders, missionaries, soldiers, settlers, gold miners, and farmers who moved through or into the area.
10:30 - 27.4 miles / 54 minutes - 11:25
In 1805, Lewis and Clark stopped at this spot alongside the Clearwater River in Orofino to build five dugout canoes for their journey down the Clearwater, Snake, and Columbia Rivers. Visitors can still pause at this National Park Service site to build memories. Fish for steelhead at the Steelhead National Fish Hatchery or go bird-watching for glimpses of osprey, herons, and bald eagles.
For visitors wanting to spend more time in the area, take advantage of an RV Park located just across the highway.
11:55 - 27.8 miles / 55 minutes - 12:51
Lochsa Historical Ranger Station
Located 48 miles east of Kooskia on US Highway 12, the seasonally-staffed US Forest Service site interprets life at remote forest service ranger stations during the 1920s and 1930s. The Visitor Center has interpretive exhibits, public fishing pond, and walking tour.
12:51 - 5.5 miles / 10 minutes - 13:02
See what Lewis and Clark saw along Clearwater and Lochsa Rivers
The road parallels the Lochsa Wild and Scenic River. The actual Lewis and Clark National
Historical Trail, which is on a tree-lined ridge just north of the Lochsa River, represents the
most difficult part of the Corps of Discovery's trek across the western territory to discover a
passage to the Pacific Ocean. After Lowell, the road begins to narrow as the river canyon
deepens and the speed limit is reduced to 50 mph. This portion of the highway is relatively
young having been completed just 50 years ago in 1962, finally providing a connection
between Idaho and Montana. Portions of this section of highway were constructed with
manual labor from the World War II Japanese Internment Camp that was located at Canyon
Creek. The road is narrow and winding but suitable for all vehicle types. Because
the road shoulders are narrow, bicycling this section of the byway is not recommended.
Services: Seasonal lodging and food at Syringa and Lowell, Year round lodging and food at
Powell. Numerous tent and RV camping opportunities.
13:32 - 126.3 miles / 4 hours 12 minutes - 17:44
Northwest Passage Scenic Byway - end