Starting west of Boise, the Payette River Scenic Byway heads north on Idaho 55 passing the Payette River and the Boise and Payette National Forests. Other great stops along this drive include Cascade Reservoir, Smiths Ferry, Roseberry (one mile east of the byway on Roseberry Road at Donnelly), the city of McCall, and Ponderosa State Park.

Things To Know

  • Location: From the junction of US 95 at New Meadows along Idaho 55 south to Idaho 44 west of Boise.
  • Drive Time: 111.7 miles. Allow about 2 hours.
  • Full services available in Boise, Cascade, Donnelly, and McCall; partial services in Horseshoe Bend.
  • Plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip (fill up on gas, pack water and food, etc.).