10. Magruder Corridor

Directions:

Magruder Road, Forest Service road #468, runs 101 miles between Elk City, Idaho and Darby, Montana.


NOTE: This is a primitive, steep mountain road which is not maintained. Seasonal conditions may prevent through travel. Please contact the Red River Ranger District (208-842-2245) for road conditions.


About:

The primitive Magruder Corridor Road winds through a vast undeveloped area, offering solitude and pristine beauty as well as expansive mountain views. The landscape is much the same as when the Nez Perce Tribe and other early travelers crossed the area. The road has changed little since it was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.


Magruder Road winds between the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness to the north and the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness to the south. This makes for an incredible scenic drive as you make your way down the Magruder Corridor. Along the way, you will encounter several viewpoints and historic landmarks that make for an incredible trip.


While the Magruder Corridor is a spectacular drive, make sure you are prepared before heading out. This primitive, one-lane road is suitable for high-clearance vehicles, pickup trucks, motorcycles, and mountain bikes. Pulling a trailer along this road is not recommended, as there are few turnouts and many hairpin turns. Travel time varies, but it takes eight to ten hours to travel from Red River to Darby without rest stops. Average travel speed is 12-15 mph. A two day trip is ideal, with an overnight stay at one of the dispersed campsite locations along the route.


Brochure/Map: Magruder Road Corridor