Why Stanley, Idaho, Is One of the Best Weekend Trips From Boise

Sometimes the best vacations require some time in the car, which rings true if you want to get out and explore our beautiful Central Idaho wilderness. Our bounty of natural gems is here waiting for you to explore! Keep reading to discover why our mountain town is one of the best weekend trips from Boise!

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Stanley, Idaho is One of the Best Weekend Trips From Boise

How to Travel

Taking a weekend trip from Boise to the Sawtooth Mountains is easy! The 133-mile journey on Highway 17 is very straightforward and doesn’t require too much pre-trip planning. Just be careful and conscious of wildlife crossing on the winding mountain roads, especially at dusk! Here is a link to the route!

Where to Stay

Redfish Lake Lodge

If you want to be near the heart of the action on your weekend trip from Boise to the Sawtooth Mountains, look no further than the Redfish Lake Lodge. Unique accommodations, a marina, restaurants, and lake activities make this a family favorite in the summer.

Triangle C Cabins

Triangle C’s collection of 10 rustic cabins feature comfortable, modern furnishings that allow you to make the most of your authentic Sawtooth vacation. This central location in Stanley makes for a fantastic base camp for your many adventures.

Redfish Riverside Inn

Wake up to the soothing sounds of the Salmon River right outside of the Redfish Riverside Inn. Breathtaking views and an excellent location provide a unique stay for couples and families seeking an exciting mountain getaway.

Stanley High Country Inn

The Stanley High Country Inn is an incredible choice if you want a taste of rustic elegance and solitude in the heart of town. 

What to Do

Hiking and Biking

Hiking through the Sawtooths is one of our favorite activities. There are tons of incredible hiking trails that boast breathtaking views and provide plenty of family fun near Redfish Lake! You’ll also find more than a handful of mountain biking trails nearby. 


If you’re in the mood for some pulse-pounding excitement, make sure you check out one of the whitewater rafting tour companies in Stanley. They offer day trips and week-long excursions on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Lake Activities

Our incredible list of lake activities offers more reasons why Stanley is one of the best weekend trips from Boise. The Redfish Marina offers pontoon boat, kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals!

Plan Your Sawtooth GetawayLake view

A vacation at Redfish Lake Lodge is like no other. Our beautiful lakeside property features an array of lodging options, from cabins to guest rooms. We offer an incredible selection of fun and exciting family activities and things to do on the property that include fishing, hiking, biking, boating, and more!

Start planning the ultimate mountain adventure by booking one of our accommodations today! We look forward to welcoming you to the Redfish family.