Following the old miner’s supply route from Banks to Lowman alongside the churning waters of the South Fork of the Payette River, Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway goes through a canyon cut deep into the heart of the Idaho mountains. This route is considered some of the most powerful canyon scenery offered in the state.
Things To Know
- Location: The route travels along the Banks-Lowman road. It can be accessed either at Banks along Idaho 55 or at Lowman along Idaho 21. Either point of access brings the traveler back to a route leading to Boise.
- Attractions include the South Fork of the Payette River, which offers world-class rafting and kayaking. The winter range for elk is located within a five-mile section in the middle of the route near the Danskin river-access point. In 2005 two turnouts with wildlife viewing scopes were added. Visitors are treated to large herds along this area during winter and spring months.
- Drive Time: 33 miles. Allow one hour. Allow 3 hours for the loop from Boise and back.
- The migratory and nesting route for Canada Geese is located here also. Commercial rafting companies offer trips down the river.
- Plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip (fill up on gas, pack water and food, etc.).
- Services are available in Garden Valley; limited services are available in Banks, Crouch, and Lowman. Plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip (fill up on gas, pack water and food, etc.).
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