Sawtooth Scenic Byway

Sawtooth Mtns in distance in view of the Salmon River Valley from Galena OverlookOverview

  • Length:  116 mi./186 km.
  • Highlights:  Black Magic Canyon; lava deposits; Big Wood River and stunning mountain views.
  • Points of Interest:
    • Shoshone
    • Shoshone Ice Caves
    • Sculptured Canyon
    • Wood River Mines
    • Ernest Hemingway
    • Sun Valley Resort
    • Galena Summit
    • Pole Creek Ranger Station
    • Sawtooth Fish Hatchery
    • Redfish Lake



The Sawtooth Scenic Byway has the distinction of being the 100th National Forest Scenic Byway.

Beginning in Shoshone, the southern leg of the byway, one of the first features is the Black Magic Canyon geological attraction.  The route then rolls north through lava deposits and agricultural land to the resort towns of Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley.

From there, the road winds its way through the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, following the Big Wood River past the majestic Boulder and Smoky mountains to Galena Summit at 8,701 feet.  From Galena, the view showcases the stunning Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains and the spectacular Sawtooth Valley.

Along the way, wildlife watchers should stay alert for wildlife, including pronghorn antelope, deer, elk, sandhill cranes, and wolves.

The northern tip of the byway terminates in Stanley, where the Sawtooth meets the Ponderosa Pine and Salmon River Scenic Byways.