Custer Motorway - This 46-mile drive is a backcountry adventure on gravel and unimproved dirt roads, following a historic wagon road from Challis to the gold mining towns of Custer and Bonanza over an 8,800-foot mountain pass. The road is rough and narrow, with no services available along its entire length. Special attractions: The Custer Motorway itself; backcountry forest scenery; ghost towns of Custer and Bonanza; historical exhibits at Custer; the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge; and the possibility of sighting mountain goats on the slopes above Bonanza. Location: Route ends at Sunbeam, approximately 10 miles downstream of Stanley on Highway 75.
Morgan Creek: Shrub steppe, riparian areas and timbered uplands along this 19-mile stretch provides a diverse environment that supports a variety of songbirds including yellow and MacGillicray’s warblers, warbling vireo, veery, song sparrow, Brewer’s and red-winged blackbirds, rock wren and Clark’s Nutcracker. From November to May, you are likely to see mule deer, pronghorn, elk and bighorn sheep. Location: Morgan Creek Summit is 19.4 miles west of Highway 93 and approximately 30 miles northwest of Challis.
Sacajawea - Sacajawea, an "Agaidika" Shoshone woman born around 1788, is known around the world as a trusted and valuable member of the famed Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery. A lesser-known fact, however, is her historical tie to Idaho's Lemhi Valley where she was born and raised until the age of twelve. Captured by the Arikira Indians and forced to live among them in the Mandan Villages of North Dakota, Sacajawea would not see her home again until becoming part of the Corps of Discovery in 1805. It was during this expedition that she would help Lewis and Clark find the Salmon River and revisit her people...
Teton - The jagged teeth of the Teton Mountain Range are actually in Wyoming, but Idahoans prefer “the quiet side” on the western slopes, along the Teton Scenic Byway. At nearly 10 million years young, the Tetons are the newest mountains in the Rockies. In fact, they continue to grow today at the snail-like pace of about an inch every hundred years. In fact, the largest peak on the range, Grand Teton, now stands at 13,772 feet.
Thousand Springs Valley - Numerous springs unite in this valley to form Chilley Slough and Mackay Reservoir. The area features impressive views of the Lost River Range, including geologic vistas of Mount Borah to the east and the White Knobs to the southwest. The resident wildlife of this area includes bald eagles, herons, ducks, mule deer, antelope and coyotes and sagebrush dominates the mid-elevation slopes. The over 1,000-acre Chilly Slough Wetland and Mackay Reservoir sit at the base of the 12,662-foot Mt. Borah and abound with many species of wildlife throughout the year. This birdwatcher's paradise comes alive in spring and fall when thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl, including cinnamon and green winged teal, mallards, shovelers, pintail, scaup and Canadian geese, flock to the area’s mudflats. It is also home to a variety of wildlife, including willets, sandhill cranes, sora rail, marsh wrens, red tailed hawks, golden eagles, northern harriers and tundra swans. A half-mile nature trail enables visitors to see the diversity of life found in the marsh up close. Location: 98 miles west of Idaho Falls; 5 miles north of Mackay, Idaho; If you continue driving about 10 miles north of Mackay Reservoir along Highway 93, you will find the Whiskey Springs Wildlife Viewing Site.