Elk River Back Country Byway

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Elk River Back Country Byway is an all natural, no frills, individualistic and unpretentious pathway through rural north central Idaho. The 57-mile route offers rugged backcountry adventure to travelers of all types.


The Nature Seeker

Orofino Chamber of Commerce

Things To Know

  • Location: The byway begins in Orofino at Idaho 7 and the junction of Wells Bench Road, crosses the North Fork of the Clearwater at Dent Bridge, then to Elk River where it joins Idaho 8 to Boville.
  • Summer attractions include camping, boating, and fishing. Winter provides 300 miles of snowmobiling trails and 20 miles of groomed trails for skiing along the byway.
  • Attractions include the Dent Bridge, Mill Pond, and Elk Creek Falls.
  • Drive Time: 57 miles.  Allow 2 hours one way.
  • Forest lands along the byway are open to unimproved camping, so visitors can chose their site. Remember to "Pack it in, Pack it out".
  • Plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip (fill up on gas, pack water and food, etc.).