RV Trip on Idaho’s Salmon River Scenic Byway

Are the pressures of daily life getting you down? Would you like to simply get in your RV and drive? Idaho’s Salmon River Scenic Byway, from the Montana border along the wild and beautiful Salmon River to Stanley, Idaho, may be just what you need to recuperate.

Salmon River Scenic Byway – The Route
Even if you’re not from the region, getting to Idaho’s backcountry isn’t all that difficult. Salt Lake City is only about six hours south of our starting point in Stanley, Idaho. Reno, Nevada is a ten hour drive across the Northeast corner of Nevada. Even from the West Coast, the Salmon River Scenic Byway is just a twelve hour drive from either Sacramento, CA or Seattle, WA.

Here’s the lowdown on the actual Scenic Byway route, once you get to Stanley, ID. Follow the Salmon River north and then east through the Salmon-Challis National Forest on Hwy 75. You’ll pass over Sunbeam Dam and link to Hwy 93 North about fifty miles into your drive. After one hundred sixty unbelievably scenic miles across the high ridges of the Northern Rockies, you’ll arrive at Lost Trail Pass on the Montana Border. You’ll begin and end your drive at about 7000 ft. elevation, so the opportunities for mountain photos and stirring memories are endless.

Salmon River Scenic Byway – The Attractions
It may be only one hundred sixty miles long, but plan to slow down and enjoy the many historical and natural attractions along the way. Your starting point at Stanley, Idaho is surrounded not only by three rugged mountain ranges, but also by the same number of national forests.

You’ll be traveling along the Salmon River’s untamed route, crossing numerous mountain creeks and streams. One of the natural attractions you’ll want to save time to visit is Salmon-Challis National Forest, home to Borah Peak, Idaho’s highest mountain.

Explore the Salmon and Middle Fork Salmon Rivers, world famous for their whitewater rafting opportunities and the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness, the largest pristine wilderness area in the continental US. At the end of the trail, you’ll find Lost Trail Pass, where hiking and horseback riding trails challenge outdoor adventurers.

Northern and Central Idaho are also Lewis & Clark and Sacajawea country, providing abundant history lessons for the kids.

Salmon River Scenic Byway RV Camping!
Here are just a few suggestions for comfortable RV camping along the Salmon River Scenic Byway. Twenty miles south of Salmon, Idaho, right on Hwy 93, RV campers will find Salmon River RV Park. It’s surrounded by mountains, right on the river and prime wildlife watching territory.

Also plan to make a stop at Challis Hot Springs to swim in the natural mineral springs pool and camp at one of their RV campsites on the Salmon River. One more area park that’s highly recommended is Wagonhammer RV Park and Campground near the Montana border. Not only will you find modern campground amenities, you can also fish for trout, hike canyon trails or follow Lewis & Clark’s footsteps to Thompson Gulch.

Put the Salmon River Scenic Byway on your “must see” list. The history, beauty and prime RV camping you’ll find there will linger in your memory.

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3 Responses to RV Trip on Idaho’s Salmon River Scenic Byway

  1. Charles Newbold says:

    I would like to make the salmon river trip. Are there places to fuel up on the trip. I would be driving in a 35′ motorhome coming from caldwell idaho

  2. Monty says:

    Here is a link to Google Maps with the route from Caldwell, ID: http://bit.ly/1FrIV8a

    There is gas in Stanley
    Mountain Village Service Station
    3 Eva Falls Ave
    Stanley, ID 83278

    The next station I see on the map is:
    Stinker Stations
    Highway 93 S
    Challis, ID 83226

    After this I see several stations in Salmon including:
    1110 Main St
    Salmon, ID 83467

    All of these are about an hour apart on the route.

    Have a great trip!

  3. Charlie Newbold says:

    Thank you for the info, looking forward to the trip.

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