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Northwest Passage Scenic Byway

Kara Westerlund
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The Northwest Passage Scenic Byway follows Highway 12, starting at Lolo Hot Springs, Montana, which sits at the base of the rugged Bitterroot Mountains. You’ll follow the same route that Lewis and Clark and their Nez Perce guides first took as you climb and cross over Lolo Pass, before dropping down to picturesque Kooskia and Kamiah. The route follows the crystal clear, rushing Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers as they make their way to a union with the Snake River in Lewiston. The drive is unbelievably scenic, with a high likelihood of spotting wildlife like bear and elk, and many spots to stop to fish or camp along the way. 

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There are many peaceful pull-offs along the way, including Lewis and Clark/Nez Perce historical sites. Fort Fizzle near Lolo has a great picnic area and features historical information regarding the Nez Perce Indian wars and Lewis and Clark. This drive is a fisherman’s dream!

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Laura Cornwell, Frederick Hess

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Road Runner, Visit Idaho

Important Note:

As indicated above, this scenic drive was submitted by an independent third party and has not been verified by Triple E Recreational Vehicles. Please do your own research on suitability, road conditions and road safety before attempting to drive this route.

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