Payette River
Scenic Byway

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From the junction of U.S. 95 at New Meadows along Idaho 55 south to Idaho 44 west of Boise.


111.7 miles. Allow 2 hours, 15 minutes.


Narrow, winding, two-lane road with occasional passing lanes and slow vehicle turnouts.


When to see it
Year round. The McCall Winter Carnival takes place the last weekend in January through the first weekend in February.


Special attractions
Guided float trips on the Payette River; Cascade Reservoir; snowmobiling and cross-country skiing at Smiths Ferry; Ponderosa State Park on Payette Lake; Brundage Mountain Ski Area; Boise and Payette National Forests.

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