Fun Things To Do in Stanley, Idaho

Stanley Idaho mountains

If you have never experienced the majesty of Stanley, Idaho, you're missing out on fun activities, outdoor adventures, and stunning views. The beauty that encompasses you is outstanding, between the Sawtooth Mountains, Redfish Lake, and the Salmon River. Plus, you are never left wondering, “What is there to do?”

Best Things to Do While Visiting Stanley

Head to Redfish Lake

Besides the uniquely icy water, the redfish and the fantastic camping there are so many activities to do while visiting Redfish. Outdoor enthusiasts adore this spot, and it's one of the most famous destinations for camping in the state. Make it a day trip or set up camp in a campground, or make a reservation for one of the beautiful cabins at the Redfish Lake Lodge

The Lodge at Redfish offers bike rentals, boat rentals, lake shuttle, paddleboats renting, Boche Ball, and a great General Store, so you’re always stocked up on your Redfish gear. The boating and cliff jumping are two of the most favorite activities for people who come to Redfish Lake.  

Go Horseback Riding

A family-owned horseback outfitting business, Mystic Saddle Ranch has been open since 1969. All-day rides, fishing trips, hunting excursions, multi-day pack trips, trail rides, wagon rides, and cookouts are some of the activities you can do while horseback riding through the wilderness.  

Whether you want to take a day trip on the trails or book at pack trip or guided hunt, horseback riding in Stanley and the surrounding area is an adventure you won't soon forget. 

Enjoy the Sawtooth Mountains

There are hundreds of miles of trails in the Sawtooths and White Cloud Wilderness areas. Several intriguing day hikes begin at various locations, including Redfish Lake Lodge. If hiking isn't your thing, you can take a scenic drive in any directions for some breathtaking views. Photographers love the Sawtooths -- there's no shortage of amazing photo ops at any time of day!

Pop Over to Historic Galena Summit

Get out of your car and enjoy the panoramic views of the Sawtooth Mountains at this beautiful overlook. This historic point looks out to the original road finished in 1881 to serve the mines located in Vienna and Sawtooth City near present-day Smiley Creek. You can still see some of the original roads today.

Drive to Sun Valley, Idaho 

Located about 45 min from Stanley, ID it is well worth the drive. The rich culture, biking trails, succulent restaurants, alpine skiing, and blue skies the activities are truly limitless. If you're staying in the Stanley area, a day trip over to world famous Sun Valley is  a fantastic option. Visit the Sun Valley Lodge, experience excellent dining, or participate in any of the endless shopping and outdoor adventures the Sun Valley/Ketchum area offers. 

Ride the Salmon River 

Kayaking and rafting this whitewater experience is truly one of a kind. It is Idaho’s longest undammed, free-flowing river contained in a single state in the lower 48. People come from all over the world the raft the Salmon! There are also a number of hot springs off the Salmon River and very close to Stanley. 

Contact us us to set up a visit to Stanley, Idaho and have the opportunity to experience one of America’s hidden treasures.

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