Bennett Mountain Road

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Bennett Mountain Road goes over the top of the Bennett Mountain range north of Mountain Home, Idaho. On the north, it starts from Highway 20 on the south side of Cat Creek Summit. The road sign along 20 actually calls it Cat Creek Road, but the forest service calls it Bennett Mountain Road and National Forest Development Road 156. At the south end of the designated route, the road becomes paved and can be followed to near Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho.

Roads crossing mountain ranges tend to have spectacular views; Bennett Mountain Road is no exception. The views of the peaks above the road, the Sawtooth Mountains to the north, and the Snake River Plain to the Owyhee Mountains in the south make this a spectacularly beautiful road to travel! The road itself goes through stands of aspen and birch mixed with open grassy meadows and areas of sagebrush, making the roadside scenic and interesting to complement the longer views.

It is a seasonally well-maintained gravel road that can be driven in any vehicle. It is minimally maintained in winter and is often blocked by snow. Wash-boarding of the road surface is likely to become a problem later in the summer. Dispersed camping is allowed along the road where it crosses public land. Please be aware that there are in-holdings of private land that must be respected.