Special Places - Scenic Drives

National Scenic Byways

There are about 45,000 miles of roads available within the Region's National Forests and Grasslands.  Some roads are high-standard paved routes and others are low-standard “jeep trails." Seasonal closures to protect resources, such as calving elk or water quality, may affect the use of certain roads. Information about motorized access and road restrictions for each National Forest is shown on forest visitor maps.

Scenic drives abound throughout the Northern Region. A few of the more popular routes include the drive around Hungry Horse Reservoir on the Flathead National Forest; the scenic loop around Lake Koocanusa behind Libby Dam on the Kootenai National Forest; and the route around Georgetown Lake on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. These roads take you through rugged, scenic country and provide access for fishing and boating as well as to camping and picnicking sites.

For other driving adventures, follow the trail of Lewis and Clark across the Bitterroot Mountains on the Lolo and Clearwater National Forests. Or follow 27 miles of Pioneer Mountains National Forest Scenic Byway, along the Pioneer Mountain Range on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Or visit Porphyry Peak Lookout on King’s Hill Pass on the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Travel the fabulous Beartooth Highway across 10,942 foot Beartooth Summit on the Custer, Shoshone, and Gallatin National Forests.

Whether you are seeking solitude or scenic splendor, a national forest road will take you there.

National Scenic Byways

Region One Scenic Byways:

Beartooth Highway, Montana
International Selkirk Loop, Idaho
Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, Idaho
Pend Oreille Scenic Byway, Idaho
Native American Scenic Byway, North Dakota
Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway, North Dakota

National Forest Scenic Byways

Kings Hill Scenic Byway, Montana
Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway, Montana
Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway, Montana
St. Regis - Paradise Scenic Byway, Montana