When you travel to Idaho, both visitors and locals alike love the natural beauty of our area. In fact, one of the best ways to enjoy views of our region is by hopping in your car and just taking a drive. Peaceful meadows, towering mountains, and views of rolling rivers enhance the drive down the Sawtooth Scenic Byway. Stretching 115.7 miles from Shoshone to Stanley, this two-lane road gives you the driver’s seat to piloting your adventure through the Sawtooth National Forest. This section of Idaho 75-N will make a wonderful addition to your vacation to Redfish Lake Lodge, Riverside Inn, or Triangle C Cabins!
Discover activities to enjoy, things to do, and the wonder of the Sawtooth Scenic Byway when you request unlimited access to our free Travel Guide. With directions and ratings, you’ll know the best places to stop in the region!
Sawtooth Scenic Byway: What You’ll See
Before you hit the road, consult the Sawtooth Scenic Byway map and get directions from our free Vacation Guide (link above). We also recommend packing a bag of refreshments, which you can buy from the General Store, before your departure. We hope you enjoy this winding road as much as we do!
Black Magic Canyon
This unusual canyon was carved over the years by the rushing Big Wood River in Shoshone. The remnants of this natural event are surreal, lava-rock sculptures. These create a magical, supernatural appearance for the eye and are a feature in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Bring your camera and capture the beauty of this place on your drive down the Sawtooth Scenic Byway.
The Ski Destination: Sun Valley Resort
During the winter months, the Sun Valley Resort along with other locations in the area receive over 200 inches of powder. Visitors to this outdoor enthusiast’s destination enjoy activities such as backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Participate in these pastimes or visit during the spring and summer for more fun adventures!
Ernest Hemingway: Past and Present
One of the most influential and most-read authors of the 20th century remains Ernest Hemingway. This literary figure spent much of his time exploring, hunting, hiking, and ultimately passed away here. The Sawtooths and other parts of Southern Idaho inspired his works, especially during the fall months. On your trip down the Sawtooth Scenic Byway, make a stop at the Ernest Hemingway Memorial off of Trail Creek Road in Sun Valley and even visit his grave in the Ketchum Cemetery. Discover just how much he loved his time in our region on your drive!
On the drive from Sun Valley to Stanley, enjoy the natural beauty of our area at the Galena Summit. This overlook is situated at 8,700 feet, which makes it the highest summit stretch of highway in the Midwest and offers views of the Sawtooth Range and the headwaters of Salmon River. Park in the small lot off the side of the road, and you can enjoy this place in every season!
The final stop on your journey is the stunning Redfish Lake. With a plethora of on-the-water activities at the marina at Redfish Lake Lodge, there are so many ways to spend your time outdoors. Whether you’re boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, or on the pontoon, delight in the breathtaking views of the mountains reflecting on the water below. After your aquatic adventure, refuel at the many Redfish dining establishments or in the comfort of your accommodation!
Other Breathtaking Drives in Idaho
The Sawtooth Scenic Highway is not the only place to enjoy the wonder of the Gem State. With the surrounding mountains, the mighty rivers, and the many destinations to explore, you can hop in your car to enjoy a trip down these following highways:
Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway
Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway
Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway
Salmon River Scenic Byway
Book Your Stay at Redfish Lake Lodge or A Sister Property
After your Sawtooth Scenic Byway experience, park your car at Redfish Lake Lodge. Our mountainside resort offers the perfect place for outdoor adventures, some of the best food in the area, a full-service marina, and comfortable places to stay. Together, these characteristics make up your next Central Idaho vacation. Since Redfish is only open from Memorial Day to the middle of October, you may make a reservation at either Redfish Riverside Inn or Triangle C Cabins. These two properties are close to the Lodge, and you’ll receive full access to the various amenities offered there. Start planning your trip to Stanley today!