Located at the northernmost end of the Sawtooth National Forest, SNRA comprises one of the largest and most magnificent National Recreation Areas in the United States. Four mountain ranges: the Sawtooths, Boulders, White Clouds, and Smokies provide scenic landscapes in every direction, with more than 50 major peaks over 10,000 feet, 300 lakes, and 250 miles of trails. There are more than 1,000 high mountain lakes here, as well as the headwaters of four of Idaho’s major rivers: the Salmon, South Fork of the Payette, the Boise, and the Big Wood.
Summer and fall activities within SNRA include fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, nature trails, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking, and whitewater float boating.SNRA Vehicle & Trail Map
Most trails within the Sawtooth NRA are open to mountain bike users, with the exclusion of wilderness trails. Other trails are open to motorized off-road vehicles. Many of the lakes on the SNRA are open to motorized boating. The SNRA also contains the headwaters of the Salmon River, which is a float boater’s paradise. Redfish Lake is a wonderful place for sail boating. Other warm-weather activities include water-skiing, horseback riding, picnicking, hunting, airplane tours, llama trekking, and swimming.
The Sawtooth NRA is heaven for those looking for scenic drives. Three National Scenic Byways—the Sawtooth, Salmon River and Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byways—converge in Stanley, Idaho, the largest settlement in the Sawtooth NRA.
Tape tours are available from the SNRA headquarters, the Stanley Ranger Station, and the Ketchum Ranger Station. This tape tour describes the Forest Service management of the SNRA, geology, history, and natural history. The tape tour and cassette players are available on loan free of charge for area visitors. Evening campfire programs and interpretive activities are available at the Wood River Campground and Redfish Lake Amphitheaters Wednesday through Saturday during the summer season.