Sawtooth National Recreation Area

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Challis National Forest - With more than 2,516,191 acres, Challis is one of the larger National Forests in Idaho. Stretching nearly 125 miles east and west and 92 miles north and south in east-central Idaho, the Forest includes a diversity of landscapes ranging from the rugged exposed heights of Borah Peak in the Lost River Range (at 12,662 feet elevation, Idaho's tallest mountain) to the lower canyon of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River at 3,790 feet elevation.

Boise National Forest - Includes about 2,612,000 acres of National Forest land located north and east of the city of Boise, Idaho. Intermingled with the Forest are 348,000 acres owned or administered by private citizens or corporations, the State of Idaho, and other federal agencies.

The Payette National Forest - The Forest covers much of west-central Idaho, and is virtually surrounded by other National Forests and lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

Lucky Peak Lake - On the state highway route which connects the city of Boise and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project provides developed and primitive recreation sites in the scenic mountains of southeastern Idaho. From Boise, 10 miles SE on ID 21.

Middle Fork Salmon River - Idaho has more floatable whitewater than any other state. And the Middle Fork is one of its most legendary challenges

Boise River - An easy float down along a wooded area close to the highway, past Boise State University to Ann Morrison Park. A bus shuttle to the put-in is available at the park. Tubes and rafts are available to rent at Barber Park.

Craters of the Moon National Monument - Near Arco, ID, Craters of the Moon has been described as "The strangest 75 square miles on the North American Continent" by one early traveler. Others deem it "a weird lunar landscape," "an outdoor museum of volcanism," and "a desolate and awful waste." Virtually unknown until 1921, the area was made a national monument in 1924, and today it embraces 83 square miles.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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