Following the same path Lewis and Clark traveled over two centuries ago, Salmon River Scenic Byway follows the Salmon River through the Salmon-Challis National Forest, serving as a natural pathway into Idaho’s rugged backcountry.


Epic Idaho Roadtrip

Things To Know

  • Location: From the Montana state line south on U.S. 93 to Challis and then west to Stanley on Idaho 75.
  • Special Attractions: Sacajawea Interpretive Center; salmon spawning beds at Indian Riffles; Land of the Yankee Fork Interpretive Center; Tower Rock, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail; Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail; Nez Perce (Nee-Mee-Poo) National Historic Trail; Salmon Wild and Scenic River; Middle Fork Salmon Wild and Scenic River; Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness; Salmon-Challis and Sawtooth National Forests; natural hot springs; and ghost towns.
  • Length: 161.7 miles. Allow 3.5 hours.
  • Roadway: Two-lane, paved road with no passing lanes and some 25-mph curves.
  • When to Visit: Best weather for travel is April to November, although access to the backcountry is best from July to October.
  • Full services in Challis and Salmon. Partial services in Stanley and North Fork. Plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip (fill up on gas, pack water and food, etc.).

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