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Quick Facts
Designation: Idaho State Scenic Byway
Fees: Expect to pay fees at the various attractions alon
Length, One-Way: 130 Miles (216.67 Kilometers)
Time: Allow 3 hours.

General Information

Description - The Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway starts in Boise, the "City of Trees" and Idaho's capital. From there it follows Idaho 21 north to the historic mining town of Idaho City, where you can still pan for gold in a nearby streambed. North of Lowman, before arriving in Stanley, the roadway squeezes between two of Idaho's wilderness areas. On the right, the Sawtooth Wilderness Area and its 217,000 pristine acres of ponderosa pine and steelhead fishing , to the left, the Challis National Forest, entryway to the 2.3-million-acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. There are more acres of road-less wilderness in this region than anywhere else in the lower 48 states.

Attractions - The Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : The route begins at Boise on SH-21 and follows a route northeasterly to a junction with SH-75 at Stanley.

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Filed By: Roger Early (Nampa, ID)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: For complete information on my trek down the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway, visit http://www.savannahmichaels.com/Idaho%20City_Lowman.htm

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Additional Information:
Central Idaho -
Idaho Scenic Byways - Idaho offers close to 20 state, National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated scenic, historic and backcountry byways. These byways travel through Idaho's diverse geography and lead to historic sites.
Southwest Idaho -

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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