Here Are 9 of the Best Summer Activities in Stanley, Idaho

Our mountain oasis is home to tons of things to do and places to see for families. Whether your loved ones want to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting or soak in the views of Redfish Lake, you’ll find a never-ending list of summer activities in Stanley, Idaho. 

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The Best Summer Activities in Stanley, Idaho 

Go for a Hike 

Hiking is one of our favorite summer activities in Stanley, Idaho. You can easily access over a half-dozen trails from the Redfish Lake Lodge and the Redfish Boat Shuttle. You’ll find trails for all levels of experience ranging from the easy Fishhook Creek Trail to the Marshall Lake Trail. You can’t miss out on exploring at least one of these pathways through our gorgeous wilderness.   

Enjoy Gourmet Idaho Cuisine 

There are tons of fantastic restaurants to choose from in town, from Sawtooth Luce’s to the Stanley Baking Company. Of course, our property also features three incredible places to eat, including the Lakeside Grill, The Rustic Lounge, and Limbert’s. 

Bike Through the Mountains 

While the Sawtooth Wilderness Area is off-limits to bikers, there are several fantastic trails worth exploring during your summer trip to Stanley. 

Rent a Boat or Kayak 

Getting out and enjoying the beauty of Redfish Lake is one of the best things to do during the summer in Stanley, Idaho. The Redfish Marina offers pontoon boat, kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals!  

Discover Redfish Lake’s History 

Robert Limbert officially created the Redfish Lake Lodge in the late 1920s with only a gas station, canvas tent cabins, a dining room, kitchen, small dock, and three cabins. The Rustic Cabins we offer our guests today (updated in 2006) were built in the early 30s. Since then, generations leading up to today helped shape Redfish Lake into the haven of family fun we know and love today. 

Go Whitewater Rafting Down the Salmon River 

Zipping down the Salmon River on a whitewater rafting trip is one of the best summer activities near Stanley, Idaho. There are many local tour companies like the Sawtooth Adventure Company and White Cloud Rafting that offer incredible experiences for all skill levels and abilities.  

Flex Your Photography Muscles 

You’ll find plenty of amazing places to snap pro-quality photos during a summer trip to Stanley, Idaho. Snow clinging to the Sawtooths adds depth and color to photographs, highlighting the mountains’ beauty 

Gape in Awe at Gorgeous Waterfalls 

Warming temperatures melt winter snow in summer, leading to roaring waterfalls and epic photo opportunities along many trails around Redfish Lake. Local highlights include Lady FaceBridal Veil Falls, and Goat Falls, the Sawtooth Mountain’s largest plunge. 

Watch Some Wildlife 

Summertime in Stanley is one of the best times to spot wildlife! The melting snow and warmer temperatures wake many animals from their winter slumber, while the snow keeps them down at lower elevations where food is available.  

Plan Your Summer Vacation to Our Historic Mountain OasisSpa Room Lg 

Make the most of your trip to the Sawtooth Mountains at the Redfish Lake Lodge. Our collection of unique accommodations combined with an assortment of resort-style amenities, on-site dining, and activities makes for the ultimate vacation experience. Whether you want to hike through the mountains, rent a boat on the lake, or relax on the beach, there’s no better place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Start planning your trip by booking one of our accommodations. You can also check out one of our three sister properties in Stanley if we don’t have availability. We look forward to welcoming you to the Redfish family.