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“Bayhorse Ghost Town near Challis Idaho”

Bayhorse Ghost Town and Trails System
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Challis
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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 non motorized boats. The fly fishing is fantastic and you are sure to catch a limit of good pan-sized rainbow trout. Also, the country side has numerous trails to ride motorcycles and ATV’s. Some of which will take you to some of the old mine sites and buildings. Some may be interested in the historic Bayhorse Ghost Town that can now be accessed through the Idaho Parks and Recreation Services. The town has several old buildings including a mill, hotels, and the stone Wells Fargo Building. This town site is located about 4 miles from the highway. The campgrounds at the Upper Lake are free, but only have 7!sites. There is a picnic area at the upper lake too. You can access this area with a camper or fifth wheel trailer, but be advised, the upper four miles of road are steep and will put a tow vehicle through its paces to get you there. The lower lake is accessable to 4x4 vehicles but not recommended for trailers. It is a rugged road. But the camping there is ideal for the more outdoorsy types who prefer to “tent” it. We have spent many days in this area over the years. The views are breath-taking and worth the effort. (Hint: be sure to bring insect repellant...the mosquitoes will carry you off earlier in the year). Evenings can be a bit chilly as you are at an elevation of about 8,600 feet.

Thank INSKBL1952
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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, dry day probably worth a visit. Bring a picnic, water.

1  Thank Tom M
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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

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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 for a couple of hours.

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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 recommend it.

Thank rjbranz60
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