Chief Joseph Pass

Chief Joseph Pass, a 5 stars road in the Rocky Mountains

Chief Joseph Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.218m (7,276ft) above the sea level, located on the Montana-Idaho border, in the northwestern United States.

Nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains on the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains, the pass links Lemhi County (in Idaho) and Beaverhead County (in Montana). The pass was named after Chief Joseph who traversed the pass in 1877 during the Nez Perce War. Chief Joseph Pass is a scenic thoroughfare surrounded by picturesque peaks and two national forests, providing excellent views and outdoor fun.

Surrounded by the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Bitterroot National Forests, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Montana State Highway 43. Open to traffic throughout the year, may be closed for short periods in winter when the weather is bad. The pass is 64km (39.8 miles) long running east-west from Wisdom (in Beaverhead County, Montana) towards Gibbonsville (in Lemhi County, Idaho). The road is steep, hitting a 8.62% through some of the ramps.



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