Sports & Activities

The Sawtooth Mountains are famous for their majestic craggy peaks, alpine lakes, wildflower meadows, winding Salmon River, and hundreds of miles of trails, offering some of the best outdoor recreation on the planet.

In the area’s scenic, wide-open spaces you are free to choose from boundless outdoor adventures like hiking, horseback riding, world-class single-track mountain biking, fly or cast fishing, whitewater rafting, or boating and swimming on Redfish Lake. Guests create their own daily adventures, assisted by our knowledgeable staff. There is also a broad array of locally-offered guided activities, from rock climbing to fishing.

Or simply relax. Take in the Sawtooth Mountains from our famous front porch, read by the fire, play chess or cards with family and friends, stargaze, or soak in our natural hot springs pool. There is often live music and educational talks, and always friendly people to meet!


With hundreds of hiking paths winding through the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains, many to pristine alpine lakes, plus multiple meandering trails on the Ranch’s property, choices abound for trekkers of all ability levels.

Mountain Biking

The Sawtooth Valley and nearby Sun Valley is famous for its variety of single track and dirt road mountain bike trails.

Horseback Riding

The Ranch’s excellent riding program, catering specifically to Ranch guests, features small, quality trail rides into the White Cloud or Sawtooth Mountains, originating on the Ranch.


Whether you have never held a fly rod in your hand or fished your whole life – there is a fish with your name on it in the waters of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area surrounding the Ranch.

Rafting & Water Sports

Grab a paddle and your water shoes and get ready to take to the wild water of the Salmon or Payette River, both accessible from the Ranch.

Rock Climbing

Whether you want to do mountaineering or classic rock climbing, the Sawtooth Mountains offer almost limitless opportunities.

Kids Activities

Freedom to roam is what kids love best about the Ranch. They can fish the pond for trout, play ping-pong, hike up Knob Hill behind the lodge, saddle up on Bascoe and take a trail ride.

Area Attractions

In addition to abundant outdoor recreation, the area surrounding the Ranch is rich in opportunity to explore western natural and cultural history, and current attractions.

Summer Special Events

The porch will be the place to enjoy our local dinnertime musical talent, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings throughout the season.