Idaho Nature August 20, 2018
The Breathtaking Overlook In Idaho That Lets You See For Miles And Miles
Sometimes you just get the urge to get in your car and drive—with absolutely no destination in mind. Lucky for us, Idaho is home to a plethora of scenic highways that boast stunning views and an endless amount of adventure. All you have to do is get in the car and go. The next time you get the urge to escape civilization for a bit, consider driving straight to this scenic overlook in the middle of one of the Gem State’s most beautiful mountain ranges. The view is unlike anything you’ve seen before. There’s almost something mesmerizing about it and you might find yourself losing track of time while gazing at it! Take a look at the overlook below and be sure to add it to your adventure bucket list.
If you're a longtime Idahoan, you're probably aware that our state contains immense, immeasurable beauty. Our scenic byways are the perfect way to experience the Gem State's beauty in just a few hours time. If you really want to see the best that Idaho has to offer, then we recommend the Sawtooth Scenic Byway.
The Sawtooth Scenic Byway can be found along Highway 75 and takes you from Stanley to Shoshone over 115 miles. There is an abundance of natural attractions that can be found along the highway and you'll be treated to some of the most awe-inspiring backcountry views. From looming mountain peaks to endless green valleys, there is not one dull moment along the highway.
However, there is one main highlight along the highway that you definitely don't want to miss: Galena Summit Overlook. This vista boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the Sawtooth. It's actual eye-candy and everybody should experience it.
The Galena Summit Overlook is also known as the Bethine and Frank Church Overlook. At a whopping height of 8,701, the view is simply unbeatable. You'll have an incredible panoramic view of the entire Sawtooth Valley with the Sawtooth Mountains providing the perfect dramatic backdrop.
All in all, the Sawtooth Valley is approximately 15 miles wide and 30 miles long...and you can see all of it from the overlook. Prepare to be mesmerized by the expansive view. When you're here, all of your worries and thoughts just seem to drift away. Instead, you'll feel at total peace.
From here, you'll also be able to spot the headwaters of the Salmon River. It's hard to believe that after the river leaves the Sawtooth Valley it will then travel 900 miles to reach the Pacific Ocean. It's these types of spots that remind us how truly lucky we are to live in such a gorgeous area.
The Galena Summit is actually considered the highest summit of a highway in the entire northwest. No wonder it feels like you're on top of the world!
Galena Summit is accessible all year-long and it's just as breathtaking when it's all covered in snow. Try to experience the overlook at least once every season so you can truly appreciate the transformative beauty of this magical spot.
The Galena Summit Overlook is located 30 miles north of Ketchum, right off of Highway 75.
Doesn’t this scenic overlook look downright breathtaking? The view really do seem to go on forever. Idaho is full of incredible spots that are unlike anywhere else in the world. Check out our list of the
10 Most Beautiful Spots In Idaho That Everyone Should See for more.