Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway

Beginning in Boise, the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway meanders through historic Idaho City, up to Lowman and on to the mountain town of Stanley at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains. This route is packed with outdoor adventure and stunning natural scenery, following a portion of the South Fork of the Payette River and passing the Sawtooth wilderness, Boise, Salmon-Challis and Sawtooth National Forests.


131 miles
211 km

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3 hours

When to Visit


Portions of the route may be closed in the winter.

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Road Trip Tips

Turn-by-Turn Directions: From Boise on Idaho 21 northeast to the junction of Idaho 75 at Stanley

Road Conditions: Check conditions before traveling in the winter. Avalanche conditions exist in the Banner Summit area, and road closures may occur.

Full Services in: Boise, Idaho City, Lowman and Stanley

Motorcycle Route: Yes

Full Services: When gas, food and lodging are available

Nearby Adventures

Hike your way through stunning forests or learn about the local Gold Rush history. The Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway awaits.

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