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Planning a vacation in Stanley, Idaho?

The holidays seem to bring a fury of questions about the river, visiting Stanley and exploring the Sawtooths. I felt it was a prime opportunity to help. After 20 years of helping friends, family and guests plan summer vacations in the Sawtooths here are a few recommendations.

Adventure awaits…

 

 

Photo By Lee Cohen

Stanley, Idaho Vacation Tips & Hints

1. Plan early, lodging is your crux. Stanley’s saving grace to staying the small, chill mountain town Mecca…a limited amount of lodging. Stanley is a stunning place and as Boise grows (fastest growing city in the US!) finding lodging in Stanley will only get more difficult. Many places, once your in…your in and they will include you in any early booking opportunities.  You can find a complete listings of ALL Stanley, Idaho lodging here

2. We joke….Do you know there are only 2 seasons in Stanley? Winter and July.

No doubt July is a breathtaking month in Stanley.   June, August and September are also amazing and offer the same number of amenities and SIGNIFICANTLY less people. Planning your vacation outside of the month of July will significianly open up your lodging options, WAY less people at Redfish beach and a much shorter line at the Bakery.

3. Rule of thumb…June is Whitewater & hot springs. August and September means lake living, Mountain Biking & Fly Fishing.

4. If you have visited Redfish Lake Lodge you understand why it is our favorite place in the valley. At the same time, it gets very, very busy. Weekends are exceptionally buzzing as the weekenders escape the heat of Boise and fill out campgrounds to capacity. If you want stay at Redfish you will need to make reservations in early September for the following summer. Campgrounds reserve out 6 months in advance.

5. All this talk about avoiding July, I feel a little guilty. Why… Because 4th of July in Stanley is AMAZING!  The whitewater is pumping, trails are in prime condition, the valley is GREEN and nightly live music at Stanley’s  Velvet Falls Dance Hall.   Not to mention, our favorite little town throws a BIG birthday party for America!.  Stanley Idaho’s 4th of July  is world-class and  should be on everyone’s bucket list.    Old fire engines, horse drawn wagons, kids on bikes and a HUGE water fight between rafts companies, all  topped off with an amazing firework show under the Sawtooths.    

Happy Holidays from the SAC family

Happy Holidays From Your River Family

Hard to believe that 2012 is all but in the books!  2013 will celebrate Sawtooth Adventure Company’s 13th season on the Salmon River.   Every summer we get the opportunity to share this amazing corner of our country and  expand our river family.  Thank you, we are extremely grateful.  We wish you all Healthy & Happy New Year!

 

This past September, during Andy and Vanessa’s (two SAC guides) wedding we were able to gather more past SAC employees than at any point in history. Picture Proof that SAC guides are the best!

Middle Fork of the Salmon River- 2012 SAC Employee Training Trip

Sawtooth Adventure Co’s annual training trip is a tradition.  Every spring the SAC crew enters the lottery to pick up an early season middle fork permit.  Considering SAC operates day trips on the Upper Salmon and the Main Salmon wilderness section, people ask why the Middle Fork?   The MF is the perfect mix of technical rapids (similar to the Upper Salmon) and the components of a  multi-day Idaho wilderness river trip like our Main Salmon Adventure.   Not to mention tons of hot-springs and  the opportunity to explore our own backyard.

Middle Fork of the Salmon
Guide Training on the Middle Fork of the Salmon

Well trained, quality guides make all the difference .    SAC’s  training trip not only helps the crew sharpen their whitewater skills,  but it is also a 5-day  social experiment.   There is not a better way to get to know your co-workers than on a wilderness river in Idaho.    SAC’s new employee orientation occurs around a campfire while we hold our HR  and  marketing meetings between rapids on a raft.  Senior guide staff has the opportunity to shape the rookie guides, while constantly learning tricks of the trade from each other.  Guides refresh their swift-water rescue, wilderness medicine and culinary expertise in the middle of the largest wilderness in the US.  The crew quickly gets to know one another on a personal level,  that only  5-days on a river can offer.  The teamwork and camaraderie gained through this experience benefits SAC every day, all summer long.  Great guide teams are the #1 ingredient for great adventures!

Middle Fork of the Salmon
Middle Fork of the Salmon