THE BEST WAY TO STANLEY, IDAHO
From LAX, nonstop service to Boise is offered on United and Alaska, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on United, Delta and Frontier. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $312. The drive time from Boise is a little more than two scenic hours.
WHERE TO STAY
Redfish Lake Lodge, Highway 75, Stanley; (208) 774-3536, http://www.redfishlake.com. Rates start at $70 for a room with shared bath.
There are many campgrounds in the area for both RVs and tent campers. The Sawtooth Recreation Area Office, (208) 727-5000, and the Stanley Ranger Station, (208) 774-3000, have good information. Another good source is http://lodging.uptake.com/camping/idaho/stanley/739922475.html, which lists information on area campgrounds.
The Stanley Chamber of Commerce at http://www.stanleycc.org has lodging information for those who prefer not to camp.
WHERE TO EAT
Potbelly Cafe, Elk Mountain RV Resort, Highway 21, Stanley; (208) 774-2202. The best barbecued pork sandwich I've ever tasted, about $4.95. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
WHAT TO DO
Sawtooth Adventure Co.,Highway 75, Lower Stanley; (866) 774-4644, http://www.sawtoothadventure.com
River Co., 1150 Eva Falls Ave. (Highway 21), Stanley; (800) 398-0346, http://www.therivercompany.com. Half-day whitewater river-rafting trips are $75 for adults.
White Cloud Rafting Adventures, 635 Edna McGowen Ave., Stanley; (800) 571-7238, http://www.whitecloudrafting.com. Half-day float trips are $75 a person, $60 for children 12 and younger.
White Otter Outdoor Adventures, Sunbeam Village, 100 Yankee Fork Road and Highway 75, Stanley; (877) 788-5005, http://www.whiteotter.com. Guided river and float fishing trips.
Mystic Saddle Ranch, Stanley; (208) 774-3591, http://www.mysticsaddleranch.com. Private, one-day and multi-day pack trips available.
Pioneer Outfitters, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, Highway 75 (at mile marker 180), Stanley; (208) 774-3737, http://www.pioneermountain.com
White Cloud Outfitters, 1500 Upper Hot Springs Road, Challis, Idaho; (208) 879-4574, http://www.whitecloudoutfitters.com
TO LEARN MORE
Sawtooth National Recreation Area: http://www.lat.ms/9mHZhy