Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho/Montana state line, has a busy month planned for July. Lots of fun–filled, family–friendly activities will be taking place at the visitor center over the next several weeks.
Lolo Pass Visitor Center will be open on the Fourth of July, so stop by to enjoy some outdoor fun with the family and spend the night at one of the numerous Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests campgrounds located along the U.S. Highway 12 corridor. Remember to leave your fireworks at home, though, as they are prohibited at all times on National Forest System lands.
On July 4 - 5, visitors to Lolo Pass will be treated to traditional Nez Perce oral stories being told by Nez Perce tribal member Bessie Walker. Walker has an Indian Language Certification from the State of Idaho as well as the Nez Perce Language Tribal Certification. As a lifetime student and a teacher of the Nimiipuutimtki dialect on the Nez Perce Reservation, she has been an active proponent of promoting and preserving the Nez Perce language and culture. Walker’s programs will take place at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. (PDT) on July 4, and at 10 am (PDT) on July 5.
The visitor center will be welcoming Gayle Bear to Lolo Pass on July 6, 7, and 8 as part of the center’s Artist in Residence program. Bear is a Nez Perce Tribal elder well–versed in the traditional art forms of the Nez Perce people. She specializes in corn husk weaving, basket weaving, and beading. At Lolo Pass, she will be demonstrating corn husk weaving and interacting with visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PDT) each day. In addition to her demonstrations, Bear will also have some of her beautiful artwork available for purchase.
On July 12, 13, and 14, Nez Perce tribal member Kevin Peters will be the Lolo Pass Visitor Center’s Artist in Residence. Peters will be demonstrating the art of elderberry flute carving. He will be starting with a raw stick of elderberry and demonstrating the process of hollowing and carving the wood to create his beautiful masterpieces.
Peters is well–known across the nation for his flute carving and playing, as well as his painting and work with rawhide. Peters’ programs will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (PDT) each day.
If you have questions about Lolo Pass Visitor Center programming or hours of operation, please call (208) 942-3113. The visitor center is currently open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (PDT), Thursday through Monday.