In 1877 a few members of the Nez Perce tribe killed some white settlers in Idaho as retribution for earlier killings by whites. Fearing that the U.S. Army would punish the guilty and innocent alike, hundreds of Nez Perce fled on a five-month journey toward Canada along what came to be known as the Nez Perce Trail. On the way they passed through what is now Yellowstone National Park, across the Sunlight Basin area north of Cody, and along the Clarks Fork of the Shoshone
River before turning north into Montana. To see the rugged mountain area they traveled through, follow Highway 120 north 17 mi to Highway 296, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. The highway eventually leads to the charming hamlet of Cooke City, Montana, and the northeast entrance to Yellowstone. Along the way you'll see open meadows, pine forests, and a sweeping vista of the region from the top of Dead Indian Pass.
Cody, Wyoming, USA