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.


42.5 miles
68.4 km

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2 hours, 30 minutes


North Central

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

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