Two maker panels are located at this kiosk Land of the Yankee Fork Historic Area
The Keystone Road splits from the Toll Road near here. Teamsters and supplies headed for Bayhorse Mining District followed the Keystone Road to Bayhorse, Crystal and Clayton. In 1889, the Salmon River Road between Clayton and the Yankee Fork replaced the Keystone Road.
During its production history, Bayhorse was one of the richest mining districts in Idaho. The harsh terrain, dramatic elevation change and difficult winters allowed only the most determined and hardy prospectors to mine. Bayhorse stands as a silent witness to the test and will of Idaho's mining heritage.
Today the Land of Yankee Fork Historic Area teems with recreational activities. Visitors may explore the many historic sites, discover scenic vistas and follow along the Custer Motorway Adventure Road. This road follows the route of the original Toll Road between Challis and the Yankee Fork Mining District and offers a fascinating historic trip through the backcountry. Discover your adventure today.
Welcome to the Custer Motorway Adventure Road. Pioneered as a trail to provide a supply route from Challis to the mining camps and towns of the Yankee Fork Mining District, it later served for ten years as the only freight
wagon and stage access to the area after the Toll Road was completed in 1879. Road reconstruction and realignment efforts by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933 opened the road to motorized traffic.
Remnants of rich history wait along this adventure road. Take time to stop and reflect upon the stories of hardy souls who lived, worked and died in this rugged landscape; they are waiting to be discovered. We ask that you show respect and think not only of those who came before you, but also of those who will follow. Please do not disturb the artifacts, wildlife, or any structures that you encounter along the way.
The Land of the Yankee Fork Historic Area preserves Idaho's frontier mining heritage by telling the unique story of people and place. Created as Idaho's Centennial Park in 1990, this area is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Park and Recreation, and the Bureau of Land Management. Together, this partnership provides stewardship, interprets numerous historic sites, and offers outstanding recreational opportunities.