Main Oregon Trail Back Country Byway
The Idaho chapter in cooperation with the BLM has created the Main Oregon Trail
Back Country Byway. As Idaho's 30th officially approved byway, the MOTBCB
closely follows the route of the Oregon Trail from the crossing of the Snake River at
Three Island Crossing near Glenns Ferry to Bonneville Point southeast of Boise.
Mapboard signs describing the route will be placed in Glenns Ferry overlooking the
Snake River, in Mountain Home at the visitors center, and on Highway 20 at the
Rattlesnake Creek historical marker. Interpretive signs will be placed where the
traveler has access to hike on the trail. Posters advertising the byway will be
displayed in the Blacks Creek and Bliss rest areas on I-84. Byway marker signs will be
installed to guide the traveller along the byway route.
A booklet providing details of the route and interesting diary quotes for the various
locations can be obtained from the BLM offices in Boise. It may also be available at
the Heart Of Idaho Gourmet Foods Fudge Factory on Commercial Street in Glenns
Ferry. Stop and say hello to Becky who is the head of the Glenns Ferry Chamber of
Commerce and very supportive of the byway. The booklet will be reprinted this
winter and the new copies will be available at many stores in Glenns Ferry and
The Idaho Scenic Byways website now contains a link for this byway which provides
pictures and information about many of the sites along the route. For more
information about the Main Oregon Trail Back Country Byway, please see the
documents and websites listed below or contact Jerry Eichhorst.