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Stanley (Idaho)

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Stanley [9] is the perfect Rocky Mountain Town, in Central Idaho. This picturesque community is squeezed between the Salmon River of No Return and the Sawtooth Mountains, often referred to as the American Alps. The towering Sawtooth Mountains create the most impressive skyline in the west. Stanley has a vibrant community offering everything needed for the traveling visitor. Stanley has a variety of lodging, restaurants, shops, outfitters and other services.

Get in[edit]

By car Located at the intersection of Hwy 75 and Hwy 21, Stanley is the only spot in the US where three national scenic byways intersect.

By air Stanley Airport is open during the summer months with charter air-taxi service to Boise and Hailey, Idaho.

Get around[edit]

No public transit here. Stanley is the perfect town to park the car, lose the keys and walk or ride a bike.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Sawtooth National Forest, [1]. 2.1 million acres of incredible alpine beauty showcases the best of Central Idaho. Fish, hike, camp, and spot abundant wildlife here.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Rafting Experience 1-Day family-style river trips on the Salmon River. Stanley is also the jumping off point for week-long trips down the Middle and Main Forks of the Salmon River. Both are designated Wild and Scenic rivers and trip leaders must hold permits that are distributed via lottery.

Climbing World class climbing in the Sawtooth Mountains.

Hiking Trails to hundreds of high mountain lakes and scores of mountain summits in the several wild areas that encircle the Stanley Valley. To the southwest is the Sawtooth Wilderness Area. To the southeast are the White Cloud and Boulder Mountains, currently being considered for status as federally protected wilderness under legislation sponsored by Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson (Rep.). To the north are myriad mountains, lakes, rivers and high meadows comprising the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return, the largest expanse of contiguous wilderness in the lower 48 states.

Mountain Biking Everything from smooth single track loops to technical trails. So many options it can be confusing. Pick up a map or hire a guide to find the best trails in the area.

Fly Fishing The headwaters of the Salmon River, Valley Creek, and the Middle Fork of the Salmon are all popular destinations for world-class fly fishing.

Trailrides Great trailrides through the Sawtooth Mountains

Music During the summer Stanley is the host to several music festivals. The Sawtooth Music Festival is a one-day event staged on the grounds of the city's Pioneer Park. The 2009 event was held July 25. Music From Stanley is a concert series that happens every Sunday during the summer at the Lodge at Redfish Lake, a few miles south of Stanley. The broadcasts are recorded for broadcast on a number of public radio stations, including Boise State Radio.

  • Sawtooth Mountain Guides, 250 Niece Ave (On Highway 21 in Stanley, turn south on Niece Ave. Go through the 4-way stop at Ace of Diamonds Road. Located in the Stanley Town Square), 208-774-3324, [2]. This outfitter offers guided hiking, climbing, and skiing in the majestic Sawtooth Mountains. In addition, it offers mountaineering and backcountry safety courses.  edit
  • White Cloud Rafting Adventures, 635 Edna McGown Ave, 800-571-7238, [3]. This outfitter specializes in half and full-day rafting, kayaking, and fishing trips on the Salmon River.  edit
  • The River Company, 1150 Eva Falls Ave, 208-788-5775, [4]. This outfitter runs 3-5 hour rafting trips with up to Class IV rapids, scenic floats, and fishing expeditions.  edit
  • Rocky Mountain River Tours, 67 ID-75, 208-345-2400, [5]. This outfitter offers overnight trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and the River of No Return.  edit
  • Sawtooth Adventure Company, 67 ID-75, 866-774-4644, [6]. This outfitter specializes in one day whitewater rafting, multi-day wilderness rafting trips, guided fly fishing and mountain biking, and stand up paddle board instruction.  edit
  • Mystic Saddle Ranch, (Located off of Redfish Lake Rd), 208-774-3591, [7]. This company runs one day trail rides as well as multi-day wilderness pack trips, hunting trips, and fishing trips.  edit
  • Fish Hook Creek, (From ID-75, turn onto Redfish Lake Road from Highway 75 and drive three miles to the large dirt parking lot.). This easy 2-mile hike meanders along Fish Hook Creek and leads to stunning views of the Sawtooths. (44.14744,-114.91995) edit
  • Redfish Lake Loop, (From ID-75, turn onto Redfish Lake Road from Highway 75 and drive three miles to the large dirt parking lot), [8]. This trail for hikers and mountain bikers follows the western shore of Redfish Lake offering great views.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There is a grocery store in Stanley. There is also a very cool and helpful country store on Hwy 75 in lower Stanley. There are a number of outdoor gear and apparel shops along with a tackle shop and a handful of boutique shops.

Eat[edit][add listing]

8 restauraunts, 3 coffee shops, and 2 ice cream stores and 2 bars

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There's everything from riverside cabins and motels to backcountry yurts and private cabins.

Stay safe[edit]

Stanley can get extremely cold in the winter months - even by Idaho mountain standards - with temperatures dipping well below zero Fahrenheit. Indeed the city has a well-deserved reputation for being the coldest place in Idaho. Make sure you're well-prepared if you're here during that time.


Stanley Chamber of Commerce [10]

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