Gold Rush Historic Byway
Steeped in mining history with an abundance of scenic views, the Gold Rush Historic Byway showcases the beauty of the north central Idaho. On this route, travelers will find panoramic views of the Clearwater Valley, resplendent rolling fields of grain, and flourishing forests full of wildlife. Spend time in Pierce, where gold was first found in Idaho, or visit historical sites of the Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark. There’s no shortage of history on this byway.
2 hours, 30 minutes
When to Visit
Portions of the route may be closed in the winter.
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Road Trip Tips
Turn-by-Turn Directions: The byway begins at the junction of U.S. 12 and Idaho 11 at Greer and continues north until it reaches the small town of Headquarters.
Road Conditions: Roads can be icy during the winter months
Full Services in: Weippe and Pierce
Partial Services in: Greer
Motorcycle Route: Yes, a portion of the route
Full Services: When gas, food and lodging are available
Partial Services: When gas and a few other facilities are available
Summertime along the byway means camping, fishing, riding and hiking, while winter activities include skiing and snowmobiling.
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