Payette River Scenic Byway

Find whitewater adventures and outdoor thrills along the Payette River Scenic Byway. Begin this route west of Boise (in Eagle) and follow the Payette River through the Boise and Payette National Forests. This drive is packed with stunning scenery year-round and plenty of opportunities to hop out for some fun in the fresh air.


111.7 miles

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2 hours, 15 minutes

When to Visit


31 Byways. 31 Ways to Be Inspired.

A variety of scenic, natural, historic, recreational, archaeological and cultural experiences can be found on Idaho’s 31 scenic byways. View the video to get a taste of the adventures that await you, and start planning your next road trip.

Road Trip Tips

Turn-by-Turn Directions: Beginning west of Boise, head north on Idaho 55 to the junction of U.S. 95 in New Meadows.

Full services in: Boise, Eagle, Cascade, Donnelly, McCall and New Meadows.

Partial Services in: Horseshoe Bend

Full services: When gas, food and lodging are available
Partial services: When gas and a few other facilities are available

Nearby Adventures

From picturesque state parks to vibrant local craft breweries, there’s plenty to discover along and around the Payette River Scenic Byway.

  • Boise National Forest
  • Payette National Forest
  • Ponderosa State Park
  • Payette River
  • Lake Cascade & Lake Cascade State Park
  • Brundage Mountain Resort
  • Kelly’s Whitewater Park
  • Jug Mountain Ranch
  • Tamarack Resort
  • Payette Lake
  • Whitewater rafting on the Payette River

Download Before You Hit the Road

Start planning your epic Idaho road trip with the help of these free travel publications.

Idaho Roadsider

State Highway Map

Travel Tips

Need some ideas for your next Idaho road trip? Check out these travel tips and start planning your adventure.

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Travelers on Idaho Hwy 55 will encounter road construction between the Rainbow Bridge north to Smiths Ferry. Delays and closures are expected. Check for current construction updates and more information here.