Nature Viewing

Choose from the following to find a site: Photo taken while looking up the canyon at the arch.


   

 

Scenic Driving:

The Salmon-Challis National Forest is home to four designated scenic byways and numerous other drives that are very enjoyable.  These routes have been selected to preserve or enhance the natural, scenic, historical, cultural, recreational or archeological qualities of the byways.  Links to full description of these drives is on the Idaho Scenic Byways website.

The Salmon River Scenic Byway:  Spend 3 to 4 hours (or longer) exploring the Salmon river from the Montana State line through the town of Salmon and along the Salmon river to Stanley.

The Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway:  Over the course of 140 miles you can experience the highest peaks in Idaho, extensive lava flows and ghost towns all beckoning you to explore further.

The Sacajawea Scenic Byway:  This passage through the high country of eastern Idaho takes you through many eras of history and pre-history. 

Lewis and Clark Backcountry Byway:  The historic sense of place is still intact along this byway, where you can visit the homeland of the Shoshone, spot a wide variety of wildlife and soak in the views.

Nature Viewing:

Nature viewing happens constantly as you travel around the Salmon-Challis National Forest since elevations vary greatly from 2,800 feet in the Salmon River Canyon to nearly 12,000 feet atop Mount Borah.

The wide range of landforms, elevation, and climate support a variety of vegetative conditions and watersheds provide a continuous supply of water to the Snake and Salmon River Basins.

The Forest provides habitat for close to 300 terrestrial species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as 28 species of fish.

The forested areas include pure or mixed stands of ponderosa pine, grand fir, Douglas-fir, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine and subalpine fir.  Wildflowers abound in the spring.

Areas & Activities