Escape the hustle and bustle of Idaho’s capital city and create one of the most wonderful weekend trips from Boise to Stanley, ID. Roll down the windows, listen to the music, and feel the wind blowing through your hair as you drive 3 hours through the Sawtooth Mountains. Once you’ve completed your travels, your accommodation awaits at Redfish Lake Lodge along with our many resort activities and restaurants!
In the heart of Central Idaho, our rustic lodge is ideal for weekend trips from Boise. No matter what time of year you visit us, request 24-hour access to our free Online Vacation Guide! This carefully curated travel planner can be conveniently accessed from your smartphone with directions to our favorite things to do. It also includes our choices for places to eat on the Redfish Lake and in the surrounding areas. You’ll also find a selection of our featured accommodations at Redfish Lake Lodge!
How to Make the Most of Your Weekend Trips from Boise
As you drive down Highway 21 South, you’ll be captivated by the rugged Boise National Forest and Sawtooth Mountains composing the rocky landscape on either side of your car. Read over our local insights to discover how to enjoy this scenic drive!
When you need to stretch your legs, grab your swimming gear and experience the natural occurring pools in Lowman, ID, just 79 miles from Boise. Whether you visit the Kirkham Hot Springs or Haven Hot Springs, feel the soothing energy as you enter the water. These natural phenomena are the perfect addition to road trips in Idaho and the ideal way to spend an hour relaxing with the picturesque mountains in the background.
Quintessential Idaho Towns
By the time you reach Horseshoe Bend, you are ready for something to eat or drink after 27 miles in the car. Stop for coffee at the Wired Bean or grab a light bite at Corner Cafe Bar & Grill when you pass through Horseshoe Bend. After you refuel, the next leg of your drive includes a view of the Payette River, which flows parallel to the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Route on the right-hand side of the road!
A little further down the road is the quaint community of Garden Valley. It’s home to Idaho Sleigh Rides, a wonderful deer-drawn carriage activity, and the versatile River Canyon Retreat meeting center. Natural wonders of this town include open fields where wildlife can graze and the intersection of South Fork and Middle Fork Payette River.
Grimes Pass is halfway into your journey and one of the best day trips from Boise. In the fall, the foliage dramatically changes our landscape, this is the idyllic time to capture the beauty of Grimes Pass with the mountains and towering trees. Before you reach the pass, you’ll see Ward’s Greenhouse on the left, so stop in and learn more about the sustainability efforts and maybe purchase a plant or two!
Romantic Cabin Getaways in Idaho Are at Redfish Lake Lodge!
Once you’ve completed the 3-hour drive from Boise to Redfish Lake Lodge, your relaxation can officially begin. With three on-site dining establishments, you’re sure to find the perfect meal for fueling your daily adventures. Enhance your fun-filled vacation by participating in one of our many water sports at the Marina or go horseback riding on the Redfish Lake Corrals. You can also spend your time lounging on the white sand beaches lining the turquoise waters of the Redfish Lake.
After your day of exploring, unwind in one of our accommodations! Each of our log cabins showcases views of our rugged area and features comfortable bedding and a stone-face fireplace. To top off your perfect day at the Lodge, delight in our Sunset Appetizer Cruise. All aboard one of our pontoons with a bottle of wine, and say “Cheers,” to another day of relaxation. It’s yet another reason why best weekend trips from Boise become even better when you book your stay at our rustic property. We can’t wait to host you and your special someone this year!