Spectacular waterfalls that fall from the sky. Fish for big trout in ice clear blue streams. Enjoy our legendary resorts and rustic ranches. Nestled in pristine pine forests. Ski down mountains blanketed in powder snow. Climb the towering rocky mountains and enjoy the undisturbed wilderness of Idaho. Simply put, Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge (7,900 feet) in North America. In some places, the canyon walls plunge more than a mile deep to sandy river banks. Officially called the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, it is accessible by one- to six-day jet boat or float trips.
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Lake Coeur d’Alene (Northern Idaho) Glaciers created beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. This international resort destination is a spectacular place for all ages to enjoy sailing, water skiing, fishing and Mother Nature. Resorts and modern amenities are on the north shore in the city of Coeur d’Alene, a recent recipient of an “All American City” award. Snake River Birds of Prey Area (Southwest Idaho)
Established in 1971, this area is home to North America’s densest population of nesting raptors and covers 483,000 acres along 80 miles of the Snake River. Eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and vultures sail on the updrafts and wind currents and raise their young in the canyon.
Mountains dominate Central Idaho – the peaks of the Boulder, White Cloud, Lost River, Lemhi and Sawtooth ranges make the area the most mountainous of the state. Idaho’s highest peak, Mount Borah, rises 12,662 feet above the sweeping plains around it. The view of the Bitterroot Range from the town of Salmon is as evocative as that of Soldier Mountain from the alfalfa fields of the Camas Prairie or the Lost River Range from Mackay. You will relish the natural beauty all around you.
Nestled between the peaks there are literally thousands of creeks, alpine lakes and rivers. It is here that the mighty Salmon River is born. You can expect to see elk, deer, and moose grazing in the meadows or antelope in the open plains. In Central Idaho you can catch wild trout or dine in world-class restaurants.
The most spectacular vistas in Idaho are found in Stanley, which lies along the Salmon River in a land of high mountain meadows punctuated with cattle ranches, forests and guest ranches.
From the Stanley Basin you can venture into the Sawtooth Wilderness Area or the Sawtooth National Recreation Area with its countless streams and over 300 alpine lakes.
Nestled in the shadows between the Bitterroot Mountains and the Lemhi Range is a serene valley where Jim Bridger and Kit Carson would winter. Today, it’s the site of Salmon, the “whitewater capital of the world”. From Salmon, you can be outfitted to run the river that Lewis and Clark dubbed “The River of No Return”, the main Salmon River.
South of Salmon near Challis is the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park where the ghost towns of Custer and Bonanza remind us of the days when mining was king in Idaho. See an historic gold dredge or peer into houses, shops and other buildings dating back to the 1800s.
Craters of the Moon National Monument, in the desert near Arco, lives up to its name – an unimaginable landscape of volcanic rock formations, craters and caves. There is a campground, a seven mile loop road into the monument and numerous trails that lead into craters and caves.
On the edge of the lush wilderness of Central Idaho, Sun Valley glistens with cosmopolitan sophistication. Railroad tycoon Averell Harriman founded Sun Valley in 1936 to create America’s first destination ski resort. Sun Valley quickly became a second home to international celebrities. It has become a year-round vacation destination with activities for the entire family.
The old-world charm of a cozy European alpine village is at the heart of the Sun Valley Resort. A championship tennis club, an award-winning golf course, an ice rink, an opera house and shopping plaza make Sun Valley truly a complete resort experience. During the summer don’t miss the ice shows at the outdoor rink behind the Sun Valley Lodge where you can see the world’s best skaters perform. Sun Valley combines the finest elements of tradition, ambiance and luxury.
Over the saddle from Sun Valley is the Elkhorn Resort at Sun Valley with its own 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, olympic-sized pool and charming hotel and condominium accommodations.