Wild West Adventure

Rafting the Salmon River and a Classic Western Ranch Stay

Trip Details

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What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Worry-free whitewater: Indulge in one of North America’s most spectacular whitewater rafting trips, and one of the very best for beginner to intermediate rafters of all ages! Expert guides ensure everything has been thought of, so you’re only prerogative is enjoying the splashy fun and stunning scenery.
  • Your own private Idaho: Okay, there will probably be a few others around, but it’s sure to feel like you have this stunning slice of outdoor heaven all to yourselves.
  • Hot pot heaven: Few places in the world offer such an abundance of natural hot springs ideal for a soothing soak – and none can boast the same combination of easy access and stellar mountain scenery! Partake in this most-quintessential Idaho activity anywhere along your route, as there are options near every stop!

Wild West Adventure

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory: North America

Region: Rocky Mountains

Trip Price: $4,990

Duration: 12 days/11 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: Boise, Idaho / Boise, Idaho

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

Wild West Adventure

Wild West Adventure - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Day 1: Boise, Idaho

Fly into Boise and check in to the Red Lion Downtowner, with easy access to both, the vibrant downtown area and the Boise River Greenbelt. Tonight, a river trip orientation prepares you – and gets you excited for – your Salmon River rafting adventure. Gear up and sleep well!

Days 2-5: Main Fork of the Salmon River

Soar over the Sawtooths in a small plane from Boise, landing in the tiny town of Salmon, Idaho. From there, meet your guides and fellow rafters and head for the put-in, where you’ll launch on a four-night, five-day whitewater wilderness adventure down the Main Fork of the Salmon River – the River of No Return!Your guides, the wilderness, the fresh air, and the Salmon River offer up pure, old-fashioned fun! The Main Salmon River is characterized by a perfect blend of fun whitewater, stunning scenery, remote wilderness, and picturesque white-sand beaches. The water is warm and excellent for swimming. Natural hot springs dot your way, and wildlife sightings are a given! Each day brings fun on and off the river, with opportunities for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, beach volleyball, hiking, and relaxing. Each evening, dine on incredible riverside meals, prepared by your guides, before crawling into your cozy tent – weary with fun in the sun and eager for more! 

Days 6-8: Sun Valley, Idaho

Glide along one last stretch of river before reaching the take-out and flying back to Boise. Pick up your rental vehicle, then make your way to the iconic ski town of Sun Valley, the nation’s first destination winter resort. Stay at the Sun Valley Resort, where it all started, as evidenced by the wall of black and white photographs depicting some of the first resort fans – Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Lucile Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and the Kennedy family – to name a few!Each day, choose from myriad activities – excellent hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, natural hot springs, trap shooting, and resort activities, such as golf, tennis, swimming, and even ice skating. There is a robust trail system along the Wood River, and the neighboring town of Ketchum is run to walk around. 

Days 9-11: Stanley, Idaho

Drive over Galena Summit to the tiny mountain enclave of Stanley, Idaho, situated near beautiful Redfish Lake and the headwaters of the Salmon River. Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is your wonderful retreat, offering rustic elegance in the wilds of Sawtooth National Forest. On the ranch property is a rustic swimming pool, horseback riding, and trails for hiking. Superior mountain guides can take you out for a day of rock climbing, or on a guided hike high up into the Sawtooths. Day’s end brings delicious meals, cozy common areas, a front porch with a view, and an inviting cabin to retreat to at day’s end. 

Day 12: Fly Home from Boise, Idaho

Travel along the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway en route to Boise, the perfect farewell before catching flights home. 

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