Two stretches of southeastern Idaho roads have been given special status for their scenic and historical value by the Idaho Transportation Board.
The board gave the state's ninth Scenic Highway designation to the 120-mile stretch from the Utah border near Fish Haven to the Wyoming border near Freedom. The route includes portions of U.S. 89, U.S. 30 and Idaho 34.A route about the same length received Pioneer Trail status. The route runs from the Utah border near Franklin to the Wyoming border near Freedom, following U.S. 91 and Idaho 34. Highway Department spokesmen said the routes will be marked with signs sometime this summer.
The Scenic Route will include pull-offs with wooden maps listing areas of beauty or historical significance such as Bear Lake, Grays Lake and the Blackfoot River.
Other scenic routes run along the Teton Mountains from Idaho Falls through Swan Valley, and through the Sawtooth Mountains near Hailey.
The Pioneer Trail designation is given to roads near historical areas. For example, the southern end of the new Pioneer Trail begins in Franklin, Idaho's oldest town.