Today was another outstanding day in Idaho. We drove the famous Big Salmon Road Scenic 28 mile drive along the Salmon River. It was both beautiful and a bit scary at times. Parts of the road are not maintained in the winter months. We encountered many rocks in the road from rock slides, muddy wet areas and more, but it was worth every minute of the drive.
We saw hundreds of deer, including a dead one that had fallen from the high mountains, many birds, a dead animal hanging in a tree, we still don't know what it was, plus much more. I am adding pictures to show some of the ones I was able to capture fast enough.
The Big Salmon River Road is a 28-mile trip following the Salmon into the wilderness and ends at Vinegar Creek. Along the river corridor, rock hounds were checking the banks of the river for gems such as garnets at Ruby Rapids.
Further up the river you see why the Salmon is called the "River of No Return". Steep canyon walls and rushing green water rapids have turned back the bravest of expeditions. Up Allison Creek Road you can access the ghost town of Florence where it was believed that up to 10,000 people once lived in this gold mining metropolis. Only a few structures are left standing.
Few places in America, and nowhere outside of Alaska, provide a Wilderness experience to match the sheer magnitude of the Salmon River. It is the second largest unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System in the Lower 48 (second in size only to California's Death Valley Wilderness).
This area combines the old Idaho Primitive Area, the Salmon River Breaks Primitive Area, territory on six national forests, and a small swath of land managed by the BLM. Senator Frank Church played a key role in the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, and his name was added to the Wilderness in 1984, shortly before his death.
It was one of the most outstanding scenic drives we have ever driven. We HIGHLY recommend this one to all. More later from Montana.