"The road is rough and if you want to enjoy the scenery you don’t want to be in a hurry, this road was not built for being in a hurry. It takes eight to ten hours to make the trip, so plan on spending the night to really enjoy it."
–Jo Ellis—Nez Perce National Forest
Around the middle of the state you’ll find the Magruder Road. It’s a remote corridor between Idaho’s two largest wilderness areas, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. For over a hundred miles the road twists and turns through vast tracts of undeveloped land. It connects the rustic community of Elk City, Idaho with the small town of Darby in Montana. Between them about all you’ll find are lookouts, ranger stations and campgrounds. The road originated along the southern trail used historically by the Nez Perce to reach the buffalo country to the east. It is named after Lloyd Magruder, a well known Lewiston merchant who was murdered along the route over one hundred forty years ago by companions who wanted his gold.