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Wild Horse Trail Scenic Byway

Wild Horse Trail Scenic Byway map

The Wild Horse Trail Scenic Byway, part of the International Selkirk Loop, starts on the northwestern shores of Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint. Heading north along the eastern side of the Selkirk Mountains the roadway follows the Kootenai Tribe’s historic path to fishing grounds at Lake Pend Oreille. In 1808 the first white explorer David Thompson also utilized this trail. The “Wild Horse Trail” became more than a path in 1863, when gold was discovered in “Wild Horse Creek,” 120 miles to the north of Bonners Ferry in British Columbia. There was a large movement of men and pack animals along the trail until the gold rush ceased around 1880. Upon arrival of the Northern Pacific railroad to this region, David Thompson’s old route became a main freight line for the railroad.

Just south of Bonners Ferry, a stunning wide glacial valley comes into view. Carved by massive glaciers during the last Ice Age, the rich soil deposits left behind as the glaciers receded formed fertile lands which even today support a wide variety of agriculture throughout the Kootenai Valley.

Details: Length is 59.2 miles, allow 1.5 hours

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Wild Horse Trail Scenic Byway (Visit Idaho)

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Backcountry Trail Rides

For riders with their own animals and equipment, Panhandle Back Country Horsemen is the clearinghouse for information and connections on the suitable horse packing trials of northern Idaho.

Information with maps and trail details to 11 rides is available on their website. Those rides include:

Marie Creek Trail
Red Ives
Liberty Lake Park
Squaw Valley
Pee Wee Creek
Bernard Peak Trail h
Canfield Mountain
Escure Ranch
4th of July Pass
Heyburn State Park
Farragut State Park

Panhandle Back Country Horsemen Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s backcountry and wilderness.

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Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage

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The Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage begins at the Washington state line and follows the northern shore of the Pend Oreille River through Oldtown, Priest River, and ends in Sandpoint. This byway is the southern leg of the International Selkirk Loop, which extends into Washington on the west and heads into British Columbia on the Wild Horse Trail Scenic Byway from Sandpoint on the east.

Enjoy driving along miles of soothing river scenery that reflects the pastoral beauty of surrounding forests and farms. Pull over and be entertained by varying seasonal wildlife, birds of prey, and waterfowl; or stop and absorb the history of northern Idaho in three different museums along the byway. This history extends back to the ice age and the Great Missoula Floods. Convenient access to the Pend Oreille River at four recreation areas provides opportunities to swim or boat along spacious, gently flowing waters. Winter recreation includes snow sports on state and federal lands, ice fishing when it is cold enough, and downhill skiing at Schweitzer.

Details: Length is 28.5 miles, allow 40 minutes

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International Selkirk Loop

Explore the International Selkirk Loop, designated one of only 32 All-American Road National Scenic Byways in the U.S., and discover the wonderful surprises that await you around every corner!

SelkirkLoop-MapThis 280-mile scenic drive is a grand loop through the Selkirk Mountains that takes travelers across the border into Canada, and The rewards are rich for those that do. Nearly the entire Loop follows rivers and lakeshores, which historically were used for transportation, by native tribes, explorer David Thompson, gold seekers on the Wild Horse Trail, and early settlers. Today the scenic Loop’s lakes, rivers and trails are a vast uncrowded playground with a myriad of opportunities for year-round recreation, scenic beauty and unique cultures in charming and authentic small towns. The main Loop includes a ferry ride across Kootenay Lake – the longest free ferry ride on the continent.

Among other distinctions, The Loop is the only National Scenic Byway that crosses an international border; it is also designated as one of the Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies.

More information:
SelkirkLoop.org
208-267-0822