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Bayhorse Ghost Town and Trails System

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We drove out to Challis for the day. We went to the Bayhorse Ghost town. In 1864 prospectors met a... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Vancouver, Canada
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Interesting and sanitary

The town is almost in a state of arrested decay. Fences keep you on the gravel that was hauled in... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
Twin Falls, Idaho
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Junction of Hwys 75 and 93, Challis, ID 83226
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We drove out to Challis for the day. We went to the Bayhorse Ghost town. In 1864 prospectors met a man with 2 bay horses who told of a rich mining ground. The rich silver and copper mines drew hundreds of people in search of...More

Thank Bugqueen
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

The town is almost in a state of arrested decay. Fences keep you on the gravel that was hauled in to cover the contaminated topsoil. You can't enter any of the buildings, but it's still pretty interesting to see the construction and read the history....More

2  Thank windstarID
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

We had the good fortune to drive to the Upper Bayhorse Lake for fishing and camping fun. There are two lakes located 8 miles from the highway, Upper Bayhorse And Lower Bayhorse lakes. Bring your canoes, kayaks, float tubes, pontoon boats and any other small...More

Thank INSKBL1952
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Not a trip for vehicles without high clearance. Road rough, lots of fallen rock ready to slice open tires. Found the narrow twisting valley a bit claustrophobic. Road ascends rapidly. Few pullouts or turnarounds. Interesting site, state maintained collection of old buildings. On a good,...More

1  Thank Tom M
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We rode the trails up there and then ended up roaming around bayhorse for a few hours. There is soo much to see and learn there. Great experience we would go again

Thank bigdavejohn73
Reviewed 31 August 2017

We decided on the spur of the moment to head to this ghost town. I'm glad we did. Such an interesting view of the history of mining in the area. Cost was $5 per car. We got a great history lesson and then wandered around...More

1  Thank asSYSter
Reviewed 30 August 2017

This attraction a rather short drive from town can really take you back to the gold rush days. You're surrounded by history. It's an amazing step back to what it was like in the late 1800's in a mining community. If visiting I would highly...More

Thank rjbranz60
Reviewed 25 August 2017

drove up to ghost town and big bay horse lake. fascinating mining history and the lake is a perfect picnic spot!

1  Thank mjane174
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

I had wanted to visit this site for 50 years and finally got to go! It was well worth the trip. I wouldn't take a passenger vehicle, but we met several going in. We were in our Jeep. The old town and mill site has...More

Thank Selway M
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Driving on Highway 75, we saw the sign for the ghost town, and decided to go. The Idaho state parks have taken over management of the ghost town, and have done an excellent job. There were park employees there to give some history and information,...More

1  Thank MARY H
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9 August 2016|
Response from RonS2766 | Reviewed this property |
unfortunately no, you have to walk along the marked trails to see every thing, but its pretty easy walking.
Diane S
1 August 2016|
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Response from RonS2766 | Reviewed this property |
you can take a small RV but the road in is kind of rough in spots , wouldn't attempt to take a large RV my advice is that if your towing a car behind your RV , take that.