The Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site
The Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site, pronounced “ee-weh-TEAM-lye-kin”, is an Oregon State Park adjacent to a Nez Perce National Historical Park, site of Old Chief Joseph Gravesite and Cemetery, all ancestral homes of the Chief Joseph Band of the Nez Perce.
Short trails with spectacular views of the Wallowa Mountains pass Knight’s Pond, a cool summer oasis and a peaceful respite for hikers. Look for spring and summer wildflowers during your walk. You also may catch glimpses of deer, fox, bear and raptors.
For an historic Oregon experience, consider spending a few days in Joseph, Oregon, and visiting the Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site at different times of day. In the early morning you’ll probably find wildlife there. During the day, watch the sun cast varying shadows on the Wallowa Mountains. In the afternoon, visit Wallowa Lake and the Old Chief Joseph Gravesite. Come back to Iwetemlaykin in the evening as the coolness descends.
Two Oregon bed and breakfasts welcome you to the Wallowa Valley and this Oregon State Treasure, Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site
- 1910 Historic Enterprise House, a short 10 minute drive to Iwetemlaykin offers premier lodging along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway.
- Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast is located nearby in Joseph. This 1920s period bungalow is restored in the European Arts & Crafts style. The inn’s library includes many books on local Oregon history to round out your geotourism experience.
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