Northwest Passage
Scenic Byway

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Begins at the junction of U.S. 12 & U.S. 95 at Spalding, Idaho and follows U.S. 12 northeast to the Idaho-Montana border, also follows Idaho 13 from Kooskia to Grangeville and the junction of U.S. 95.


191 miles. Allow 4.5 hours.


Idaho 13 and U.S. 12 above Kooskia, Idaho are winding, two lane roads with occasional passing lanes and stow vehicle turnouts. During winter months drivers may experience some snow covered roads as one nears Lolo Pass at the Montana border.


When to see it
Year round. Whitewater rafting and kayaking is popular during the months of May, June and July


Special attractions
US 12, from Kooskia to the Montana border, parallels the largest wilderness area found in the lower contiguous 48 states; it has limited services for approximately 85 miles. Other attractions are: Canoe Camp at Orofino, Kamiah, Kooskia Crossing Kiosk, Heart of the Monster Park Site, Selway River, Lochsa Historic Ranger Station, Powell Ranger Station, guided horseback rides available, DeVoto Grove, Loto Pass Visitor Center, guided whitewater raft trips, Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail sites (i. e. Whitehouse Pond and Glade Creek Camp), winter play at the Lolo Pass, and Clearwater Battlefield; Frontier Music Festival in Kooskia.

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