Idaho photos from Tony Taylor's 2012 Wild West Tour
Fly and ride our 1200 mile loop.
Head north of Boise on Hwy 55 to Ponderosa State Park on Payette Lake near McCall. There's plenty of campsites, open year round.
At Chatcolet Lake, on the south end of Lake Coeur d' Alene, west of St. Maries on Hwy 5, Heyburn State Park, the oldest park in the northwest, has cabins, cottages, and campsites. Many buildings were built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp. The Trail of the Coeur d' Alene's bike trail crosses Chatcolet Lake.
East of Coeur d' Alene is the Sacred Heart Mission, the oldest building in Idaho.
Continuing north, in Sandpoint, 45 miles north of Coeru d' Alene, you'll find the Pend Oreille (pond-o-ray) Scenic Byway, Hwy 200, that runs SE to Montana following the Clark Fork River. It's 80 miles to Thompson Falls, ID and another 100 miles to Missoula, MT.
South Central Idaho has some serious twisties
Shoshone Falls is overlooked by a city park in northeast Twin Falls, as it plunges over 200 ft to the Snake River below. The falls are 1000 ft wide and even higher than the more famous Niagara Falls.
North of Twin Falls is Hwy 75, the Sawtooth Scenic Byway, running 115 miles between Shoshone and Stanley. Black Magic Canyon, 15 miles north of Shoshone might be of interest. 30 miles north of Ketchum is 5 miles of seriously twisty road (see map). Ketchum is also adjacent to Sun Valley ski area. In Stanley, following Hwy 75 northeast to Challis you encounter another challenging 60 mile stretch. Or head west and back to Boise 140 miles on Hwy 21, the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Route. Note the seriously twisty section just south of Lowman (see map).
70 miles northeast of Twin Falls on US 26/ US 93 you pass the Craters of the Moon National Monument area, named for it's moon-like volcanic terrain, as seen in this Wikipedia photo. Here's a 7 mile loop drive map, and the National Park Service has info for planning your visit.
12 miles east of the Idaho/Wyoming border, the Grand
Teton rises 6500 ft above the valley floor to nearly 14000 ft. The famous view is on the Wyoming side, on US26, but the Teton Scenic Byway offers it's own views
from Idaho, 15 miles away.
The National Park Service page can help you plan your visit.
Back in Idaho, 50 miles NE of Idaho Falls, the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway begins in Ashton, winding northward for 28 miles thru the Targhee National Forest, past upper and
lower Mesa Falls, and
again joins US20.