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5 Reasons to Fall in Love with the Selkirk Loop

Explore the 280 miles of golden autumn mountain landscapes and diverse wildlife wandering about while winding through the three states and two nations as you travel the International Selkirk Loop. Whether you choose to bike, drive, or hike along the scenic route, you can look forward to an unforgettable experience!

Plus, when you visit during the fall, expect warm days, cool evenings, and dry weather while surrounded by the signature turning leaves of the evergreen and golden larch trees.

A Trip to the Mountains & the Beach

Find gorgeous views of the majestic Selkirk Mountain Range following the main road, or try a scenic byway for a stop at one of the deep blue alpine lakes that hide within the forested range. Some even feature public beaches accessible by well-trodden trails. 

Challenging Cycling Adventure

Whether on a motorcycle or a non-motorized bicycle, cyclists of all types love to come out and explore the leisurely pace of the country back roads and two-lane highways. Expect light traffic in the fall when peak season is over and still be able to enjoy a warm day with evenings perfect for spending around a fire. For the real adventurer, The International Selkirk Loop site offers a ten-day cycling tour with camping suggestions and totals 400 miles of striking scenery the entire way. For less seasoned riders, book a supported journey with a guide and hotels included.

Leisurely Hikes

Hiking is always a great option in the Selkirk Loop region, with plenty of opportunities for short-day hikes to rushing waterfalls or even multiday backpacking trips through the forests. Access areas where your car can’t go to admire the scenery up close. 

With wildlife refuges included in the range, there’s no shortage of animals to run into, elk, moose, bears, and, if you look overhead, some of the migrating bird species. There’s plenty of spots to camp overnight, but it’s also easy enough to head to one of the towns for a hot meal and night at a hotel.

An Easy Scenic Drive

Don’t have much time, but still want to experience the magic of the region? Choose to take a road trip, bring your vehicle or RV for a day trip around the main loop, or a weekend getaway traveling the side trips and exploring even more of the area around the Selkirk Mountain Range. Pack some snacks, your favorite people, and your road trip playlist for an exciting day admiring the changing colors of autumn. Stop at one of the local shops for a unique souvenir of your travels in Selkirk.

Travel to Priest Lake

With a short 20-miles off of the main loop, you have to visit the Crown Jewel of Idaho, Priest Lake. Watersports lovers find the pristine lake a must-visit destination with plenty of space for canoes, kayaks, boating, and more. Just want to relax?  You’ve got 72 miles of sandy shoreline to choose from.

Book a Scenic Stay at Priest Lake

As you’re planning your Selkirk Loop adventure, book a stay at Elkins Resort on Priest Lake for scenic views and the perfect year-round accommodations right in the heart of the Selkirk Mountain Range. 

Browse our cabins to find the right one for your say. Whether you want a cabin on the lake or a creek-side cabin, we offer the comfort and tranquility you are looking for, no matter the season. Each accommodation provides a full kitchen, bathroom, and living area, with some equipped with a fireplace and views of the lake. Book well in advance, as there are only 30 cabins to choose from.