Western Heritage Historic Byway

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Offering a panoramic, breathtaking view of the Owyhee Mountains, the Western Heritage Historic Byway encompasses vast sagebrush lands and canyon rims of the Snake River. Birds of prey are often spotted in this area, but the best time to spot them soaring through the skies is March to late June.
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  • Length: 47 miles. Allow 1 1/2 hours for travel.
  • Location: From exit 44 in Meridian, take Highway 69 south for 8 miles to East Avalon Avenue in Kuna. Turn south on Swan Falls Road and continue for 21 miles through the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area to Swan Falls Dam.
  • Roadway: Idaho 69 is a multi-lane paved road. Swan Falls Road to Swan Falls Dam is a paved two-lane road. The final mile is a steep grade from the Snake River Canyon rim to the dam. Ice patches may occur during winter weather.
  • When to Visit: Throughout the year. Birds of prey migrate in and are active March to late June.
  • Attractions: The Kuna Visitor Center, Silver Trail at Indian Creek, Pioneer Cemetery, Initial Point, Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Dedication Point, Snake River Canyon Rim, Swan Falls Dam Historic Powerhouse and Museum, Celebration Park and Owyhee County Museum.
  • Places to Stop: Full services in Kuna and Melba.