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Equestrian Trails

Looking to explore the country on horseback? Look no further. We have stables to accommodate your stock onsite, with acres of fenced pastures and corals. Saddle up and begin your adventure directly from the property.



The East Fork of the Salmon River and the Salmon River proper offer some of the best fishing in Idaho. Steelhead and trout are in abundance for both the fly fisherman and the spinning rod angler. Step off the Lodge porch straight to the river, or book a guided trip. Jimmy Smith Lake is a high-desert lake great for family fishing, and a favorite ice-fishing destination, as are Bayhorse Lakes.

Man with salmon

Star Gazing

Connect with the universe and marvel at the vastness and beauty of the night sky from the lodge or visit the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve (CIDSR). Sporting some of the darkest skies in the lower 48, you have the opportunity to see the sky in a way most of the U.S. cannot.

Night Sky with Stars

Mountain Biking

Explore the great outdoors and get your heart pumping on local mountain biking trails. Whether you are advanced or just a beginner, there are multiple trails nearby, all of which offer breathtaking views and an exhilarating way to connect with nature.

Girl riding bike

Hot Springs

Looking for a way to relax and unwind? Sunbeam Hot Spring and Slate Creek Hot Spring are two of the many hot springs found nearby. These natural hot springs offer a unique and rejuvenating experience that can soothe tired muscles, calm the mind, and refresh the spirit. 

Man in hot springs


Hunting in Central Idaho offers a diverse opportunity for big and small game alike. The rugged terrain provides habitat for elk, mule- and white-tail deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, bears and mountain lions, as well as several varieties of birds such as chukars and quail. The area is a sought-after destination for outfitter-led hunts or for hunters fortunate enough to get tags on their own.

Mountains and Deer


Looking for some excitement? Include rafting the Salmon River in your western adventure. Whether you go through a guide service or are a seasoned rafter, this is a perfect way to create memories and bond with friends and family in a thrilling and unforgettable way.

River Rafters

ATV and Motorcycles

Looking for an adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure?Head up East Fork Road to challenging mountain trails in this off-road mecca. Or try nearby Spar Canyon or Road Creek for less technical riding on gravel roads that wind up the valleys into the wilderness.

Image by Vasile Valcan

Scenic Byways

  • Salmon River Gorge (Challis to Stanley)

  • Highway 93 (Mackay – Challis – Salmon)

  • Custer Motorway (Historic toll road Custer to Challis)

  • Trail Creek Road (backdoor to Sun Valley)

  • Road Creek Road (top 10 scenic geology drive)

  • Herd Creek Road (to Herd Lake and McClure-Peak Wilderness)

  • East Fork Road

  • Spar Canyon Road (Challis Herd, wild horses)


  • Custer County Museum, Challis

  • Museum of Mining, Challis

  • Clayton Museum

  • Mackay Museum

  • Stanley Museum

  • Salmon Museum

  • Arco Nuclear Energy Museum

Wilderness/Recreation Areas

  • River of No Return/Frank Church Wilderness

  • White Cloud Wilderness

  • Hemingway – Boulders Wilderness

  • McClure – Jerry Peak Wilderness

  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area

  • Salmon – Challis National Forest

  • Craters of the Moon Wilderness

  • Selway – Bitterroot Wilderness

  • Salmon River Gorge

  • Mackay Reservoir

  • Mt. Borah/Earthquake zone

  • Herd Creek (fishing, star gazing)


  • Commercial

    • Hailey/Sun Valley (SUN)

    • Idaho Falls (IDA)

  • Local

    • Challis

    • Stanley

    • Salmon

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