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Fort Henry Historic Byway
"It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Out in the middle of the sand with the buttes and the desert around it, the sagebrush. It's just captivating. It's magical. You can stop in the middle of a ride and just look for an hour or two, look around you and time just kind of slips away."
The Fort Henry Historic Byway begins near Rexburg, Idaho and runs north toward the Continental Divide. Just west of St. Anthony you can see a monument to the first European settlement in Idaho. It was a fur trapper's camp of two cabins that was dubbed Fort Henry. The structures were built in 1810 by Andrew Henry and other members of the Missouri Fur Company. Though the cabins are long gone, the site of the original fort is nearby.
North of fort site visitors can check out the impressive St. Anthony Sand Dunes. The dunes date back more than 10,000 years to the last Ice Age. They cover nearly 175 square miles with some dunes as tall as 400 feet. You'll find an assortment of sand cars, dune buggies and other vehicles taking on the challenging terrain of the area.
Another destination on the byway is the Camas Meadows Battleground where there was a skirmish between the U.S. Cavalry and the Nez Perce during the 1877 war. Further north travelers can access the Targhee-Caribou National Forest. It's nearly three million acres with landscapes ranging from semi-arid deserts to forests of aspen, lodgepole pine and Douglas fir. Here you'll find plenty of camping, fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities.