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Quick Facts
Designation: Idaho State Scenic Byway
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Fees: Only at the attractions along the way.
Length, One-Way: 111 Miles (185.0 Kilometers)
Time: Allow 2.5 Hours

General Information

Description -
The Oregon Trail
Take a closer look at one of the Nation's most historic pathways while traveling the byway. The Oregon Trail passed through this area and the pioneers who traveled it sometimes decided to stop here for good. It seems that the area could not have changed much since the first settlers arrived as drivers pass small communities and wheat fields that lead up to the foot of the mountains.

Bear Lake
The southern end of the Oregon Trail-Bear Lake Scenic Byway winds its way along the turquoise-blue waters of Bear Lake the gem of Southeast Idaho. Bear Lake straddles the Idaho-Utah border and boasts sandy beaches, great water sports, fishing, boating, and the famous Bear Lake State Park. The Lake has been a popular recreation area for generations.

Places Along the Way
Along the drive, visitors will pass many historic towns, some nearly forgotten. Nevertheless, the buildings erected by the earliest settlers of this territory still stand as a monument to the culture of an expanding country. Architecture from a different age can be found in buildings throughout the byway. Often, travelers will find displays that retell the stories of sites and the people who made them signficant.

Attractions - The Oregon Trail-Bear Lake Scenic Byway is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : This byway follows Bear Lake north on U.S. 89 to Montpelier, then north on U.S. 30, where travelers leave the Cache National Forest and enter the Caribou National Forest. At Soda Springs, this byway meets the Pioneer Historic Byway. From there the two byways share Idaho 34 north and east to the Wyoming border, passing Blackfoot Reservoir along the way.

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Additional Information:
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.

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


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