Salmon River Scenic Byway

Explore Idaho’s wild and scenic side along the Salmon River Scenic Byway. This 161-mile route follows the Salmon River providing access to jaw-dropping outdoor opportunities as well as a chance to visit ghost towns and other historical sites. Add in wonderful views of the rugged Sawtooth Mountains, and it’s easy to understand why this is a must-see scenic byway.


161.7 miles

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3 hours, 30 minutes


Central Idaho

When to Visit


31 Byways. 31 Ways to Be Inspired.

A variety of scenic, natural, historic, recreational, archeological 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: From the Montana state line south on U.S. 93 to Challis, then west to Stanley on Idaho 75.

Full services in: Stanley, Challis, Salmon and North Fork

Partial Services in: Clayton and Gibbonsville

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

Nearby Adventures

Discover pristine forests, wild whitewater, historic trails and more during your road trip along the Salmon River Scenic Byway.

  • Salmon River
  • Middle Fork of the Salmon River
  • Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
  • Salmon-Challis National Forest
  • Sawtooth National Forest
  • Land of the Yankee Fork State Park & Interpretive Center
  • Redfish Lake
  • Bayhorse, Bonanza and Custer
  • Nez Perce (Nee-Mee-Poo) National Historic Trail
  • Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 
  • Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center
  • Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

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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