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Boise, Idaho - Scenic Drives

Byways, Backways, Historic Routes,...

Scenic drives to consider in the Boise area are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • From Boise, it is an all-day trip.
  • 103 miles (165 km)

The Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway is 103 miles of gravel andpaved roads which are suitable for passenger cars. This route providesaccess to one of the best remaining examples of the sagebrush-steppeecosystem. Visitors will also enjoy seeing the habitat of more than 180species of birds and mammals...

  • 2.5 hours to drive or 2 days to experience the entire Byway
  • 112 miles (180 km)

A drive along the Payette River Scenic Byway can be very distracting for motorists. Rather than watching the road, you may be more inclined to watch the river as it crashes and tumbles its way over the rocks through the narrow river valley. The best thing to do is take advantage of the occasional ...

  • Allow 3 hours.
  • 131 miles (210 km)

Traveling through the shaded roads of the Salmon-Challis National Forest, the Ponderosa Pines Scenic Byway offers adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery. From gold rush towns to rushing waters, there are hundreds of things to explore.Start the byway in Boise, which was named by French Explorer...

  • 2 1/2 hours to drive the byway
  • 130 miles (209 km)

Drive along the river canyons, through aspen lined meadows, over flowered basins, and into the timbered mountains. The Snake River/Mormon Basin Back Country Byway is scattered with wildlife and habitat projects. The wooded areas are the sites of timber harvests and reforestation projects, so watch o...

  • One hour to drive the Byway
  • 40 miles (64 km)

From urban areas to small-town rural communities, through high deserts and deep canyons, the Western Heritage Historic Byway traverses some of the most impressive terrain in the state of Idaho. With the densest population of breeding raptors in North America, dramatically sculpted landscapes, recre...

  • Allow one hour. Allow 3 hours for the loop from Boise and back.
  • 33 miles (53 km)

With the wild turbulent force of the South Fork of the Payette River leading the way, visitors revel not only in the beauty of the canyon formed by the powerful river, but also in the roaming wildlife that call this area home.Herds of elk numbering near one hundred are not an unusual sight when trav...

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