Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway


The Elkhorn Scenic Byway is an Oregon state and National Forest designated byway. The 106-mile loop takes you through the Elkhorn Mountains; a country rich in scenery, history, geology, and natural resources. Many recreational opportunities are available along the way, including hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, boating, skiing, and hiking.


Special points of interest are the varied gold mining operations and the historical narrow-gauge railroad grade.

Scenic Byway signs along the way mark special points of interest and road junctions; the entire route is paved. Allow 5-6 hours to enjoy this drive.  To add to your enjoyment of the trip you can choose from 2 guides;

"The Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway" (819 KB) driving guide is colorful 2 page overview of the byway areas of interest. This guide is available on line from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The second driving guide is also called the  "Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway" guide. This guide was originally produced by the local community in news print format. It has more details about history,  unique features and attractions by mileage or odometer readings from Baker City.Yellow larch trees in the fall along a river canyon on the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway


Traveler Advisory: The scenic byway route is not snowplowed between Granite, Oregon and Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort in the winter.

More information about the Elkhorn Scenic Byway can also be found at the National Scenic Byway Program website.