Category: Byways

Travel our Idaho Byways and History Tours. The National Pioneer  Historic Byway and Oregon/California Trail Scenic Byway have beautiful scenery and amazing pioneer and early settler stories.  Also explore The Gold Road History Tour!

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Gold Road History Tour

Travel the Idaho Gold Road Tour and learn about gold prospectors, the railroad, fur trappers and the Oregon Trail emigrants. The gold road through eastern Idaho was born during the Civil War years when John White and his party discovered gold on Grasshopper Creek in Montana in 1862. Soon a boom-town of 500 persons were running short of supplies. They sent Mr. Woodmanse on a difficult journey of 400 miles to Salt Lake City for winter supplies. Then in 1883 gold was discovered in Virginia City and thousand of persons came and the need for supplies exploded. The Gold Road from Montana to Utah through 200 miles of eastern Idaho became a lifeline for the mines-gold on one end and food and supplies on the other. 

Oregon Trail Bear Lake Scenic Byway

Southeast Idaho, from the Utah border, through Soda Springs and west to McCammon, has been traversed by travelers since before recorded history. First by various tribes of natives on their way to “Po-Ha-Ba,” the healing waters of the hot springs at Lava Hot Springs, later by fur trappers, then emigrants on the Oregon Trail.  This scenic drive passes by beautiful Bear Lake, which straddles the Idaho-Utah border and continues through Oregon Trail country. The lake is known for its turquoise-blue water, especially when viewed from Hwy. 89 summit (7,800 feet) high above Garden City. View the National Oregon Trail/Bear Lake Scenic Byway Brochure.  Download a printable Map and Itinerary.  

Pioneer Historic Byway

The National Pioneer Historic Byway abounds with undiscovered recreational opportunities, scenic and historic sites for families and travelers to discover and enjoy.  Geological formations combine with mountain passes providing a beautiful journey. There are over ten reservoirs which offer boating, fishing, and camping. The Pioneer Historic Byway begins on US 91 at the Utah/Idaho border. It then continues north to Idaho 34 ending at the Idaho/Wyoming border. So hitch up your wagon and learn more about Southeast Idaho’s Native American, Mormon Pioneer, and Oregon Trail heritage on the Pioneer Historic Byway! Printable Map and Itinerary.