The Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway winds through the Boise National Forest, passing through dense forests of pine, across high mountain valleys, and along portions of the Boise River, Lucky Peak Lake, and the South Fork of the Payette River.
Location: From Boise on Idaho 21 northeast to the junction of Idaho 75 at Stanley. .
Special Attractions: Lucky Peak and Arrow Rock Reservoirs; Lucky Peak State Park; Idaho City; Sawtooth Wilderness; Granite Creek Interpretive Trail; Kirkham Hot Springs; Stanley Lake; and Boise, Salmon-Challis; and Sawtooth National Forest
Length: 130.9 miles. Allow three hours.
Roadway: A two-lane, winding, paved road with some steep grades and some passing lanes. There is a snow floor north of Lowman during winter. Severe avalanche conditions exist in the Banner Summit area, and road closures can be frequent.
When to Visit: Throughout the year. May be closed in winter.
Full services in Boise and Idaho City. Limited services in Lowman and Stanley.
Plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip (fill up on gas, pack water and food, etc.).