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Southwest Montana Scenic & Backcountry Drives

On this page are listings of the various scenic drives and backcountry byways found in the Southwest part of Montana, including the Missoula/Bitterroot Valley, along with two drives that cross into Idaho.

Other options to locate a scenic drive on this site include using the Scenic Drive Locator Map as well as browsing the A to Z Listings of All Montana Scenic & Rural Drives.

The Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Byway Anaconda-Pintler Scenic Route

A scenic 64-mile drive that is a scenic alternative to Interstate 90. The drive follows MT Highway 1 and provides wonderful views of the Anaconda Range, the Flint Range and Georgetown Lake.

The Big Hole Valley & River Scenic Drive Big Hole Valley & River Scenic Drive

A eighty-two mile, paved drive through the beautiful Big Hole Valley and along the clear waters of the Big Hole River.

Big Sheep Creek Backcountry Byway

A very remote fifty-five mile drive in Southwest Montana, along the Idaho border. Those seeking solitude will find it on this byway.

Lochsa River Scenic Byway Lochsa River Scenic Byway

A 134-mile remote drive that follows the Middle Fork Clearwater River and Lochsa River in Idaho, and crosses Lolo pass. The route runs between Kooskia, Idaho and Lolo, Montana.

The Mt. Haggin Scenic Drive Mt. Haggin Scenic Drive

A beautiful, paved 22-mile drive that passes through the Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management Area. Superb views of the Anaconda Range. Route connects MT Highway 1 to the Big Hole River area along MT Highway 43.

The Philipsburg Valley Scenic Loop Philipsburg Valley Scenic Loop

The Philipsburg Valley Scenic Loop is a forty-mile loop drive that passes in the shadow of the Sapphire, Anaconda and Flint Creek Mountain Ranges.

Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway

A forty-nine mile paved route through the heart of the Pioneer Mountains. Excellent views of the higher peaks of the Pioneer Mountains, plus the route provides easy access to the Coolidge Ghost Town.

Rock Creek Road Backcountry Drive Rock Creek Road Backcountry Drive

A 42-mile, remote drive that closely follows the famed Rock Creek. The drive runs between the Philipsburg Valley and Clinton, Montana.

Skalkaho Highway Scenic Byway Skalkaho Highway Scenic Byway

A forty-five miles paved and gravel drive that crosses Skalkaho Pass, one of the higher passes in Montana. The drive connects Hamilton to the Philipsburg Valley.

St. Joe River Scenic Byway St. Joe River Scenic Byway

A 106-mile paved/gravel drive that follows the St. Joe River in Idaho. The route runs between St. Maries, Idaho and St. Regis, Montana.