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This scenic view was taken By Eric Skinner in July 20th 2008 from Baldy Mountain in Sandpoint Idaho.  The view is looking east towards Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille with Hope and Clark Fork Idaho in the distance.

Scenic Drives around Sandpoint, Idaho

Sandpoint offers adventurers breathtaking views of surrounding mountains and lakes, as well as many varieties of wildlife and native flora. Vast sunsets which stretch for miles as well as scenic overlooks of lands left virtually unchanged for centuries are within easy driving distance.

The photograph above was taken on July 20th 2008 from the top of Baldy Mountain in Sandpoint.  The view is to the east looking at Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille.  In the distance is Hope and Clark Fork, Idaho. The best part is, these drives could hardly be considered difficult. Just hop on your four-wheeler (or motorcycle) and find a hill to climb!

Scenic Drives Around Sandpoint

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge is located in Idaho's Panhandle approximately 20 miles south of the Canadian border and 5 miles west of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. This 2,774 acre refuge was established in 1965, primarily to provide an important habitat as well as resting area for migrating waterfowl.

Over 300 different species of wildlife can be found on Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, indicating the richness and diversity this area holds. The refuge not only serves as valuable habitat for resident and
migratory wildlife, but provides a nice stopping point for visitors to get out and enjoy some of the vast natural beauty Boundary County has to offer.

Selkirk Loop

The International Selkirk Loop offers four seasons of adventure. It is a 280 mile scenic drive exploring Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia with two dozen vibrant towns and art communities along the way. The loop encircles the Selkirk Mountain Range and offers the longest and shortest free ferry rides in the world. In addition, there are many recreational, cultural, and historical attractions and events.

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Sam Owen Park

Enjoy breathtaking scenery, beautiful forests, and friendly wildlife. Sam Owen Park offers picnic areas and Lake Pend Oreille waterfront. From Sandpoint, take State Highway 200 east 21 miles. Turn right on Peninsula road and travel one mile to reach the recreation area.

Pend Oreille Scenic Byway

North Idaho's Pend Oreille Scenic Byway is located on State Highway 200 along the towns of Hope and Clark Fork, Idaho. Experience four seasons of beauty and thousands of acres of recreation on public land and open water. For more information, contact the Hope-Clark Fork-Trestle Creek Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 159, Clark Fork, Idaho 83811.

Schweitzer Mountain

Take a drive up to Schweitzer Mountain Resort and experience breathtaking beauty from the road, lodge, chairlift, or mountain.

Hunt for Garnets

Idaho and India are the two places in the world where Star Garnets are found. From St. Maries, Idaho, follow Highway 3 south 24 miles to road #447. Proceed southwest 8 miles on road #447 to the parking area. Permits, information, and digging areas are a 1/2 mile hike up 281 Gulch. Carry your equipment with you.


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take time on your next vacation to north idaho to get off the beaten path and see what really makes north idaho so special.
Sandpoint Idaho offers so much to do on your vacation here.  In winter you can cross country ski, down hill ski at Schweitzer Mountain, or simple take a scenic drive.  The spectacular views you'll see will make your entire vacation to Sandpoint worth it!