The Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway serves as the gateway to the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Area and Ruby Mountain wilderness. To get there from Lamoille, head roughly 22 miles southeast on State Route 27. Turn right approximately one mile before you reach the town of Lamoille, following signs that read, “Lamoille Canyon Recreation Area.” Officially known as FS Road 660, the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway is paved, but watch for sudden changes in the weather if you’re not in an all-wheel drive vehicle.
Along the way, you will pass camping sites, fishing spots and plenty of areas to pull over and grab your camera. Keep an eye out for wildlife — elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and other inhabitants can often be spotted as you drive the byway.
The byway is generally open from May to October, but this is subject to change due to weather conditions.
Once in the canyon, a four-stop self guided auto tour with geology interpretive exhibits leads visitors past meadows full of flowers, quiet alpine lakes, abundant wildlife, waterfalls and avalanche chutes. Nature trails and picnic grounds are available for those looking to linger in the valley just a little longer.