Travel & Lodging
Middle Fork Adventure ~ Travel to Stanley, Idaho
There is commercial air service to Boise, Idaho. Then you have 3 options to get to Stanley.
- Rent a car and drive (131 miles or 3 hours)
- Shuttle Service with Caldwell Transportation (131 miles or 3 hours)
- Fly (45 minutes) with small Cessna airplane
Drive: Rental cars - Budget, Payless, Alamo, Hertz, Avis. Cost around $300/week.?
Shuttle: Caldwell Transportation- 800-727-9925- departs at 4pm from Boise airport and 7am from Stanley. Reservation must be made 48 hours in advance. Cost is $80/one way or $155 roundtrip.
Fly: Sawtooth Flying Services- 800-798-6105 or 208-342-7888. ~$300 Boise/Stanley per person roundtrip.
Sun Valley Option: Another option is flying into Sun Valley (Hailey Airport) and take a taxi (~$150/van one-way) to Stanley, which is ~1 ½ hours north. It costs more to fly to Hailey than Boise but more convenient. WR Taxi in Hailey- 208-788-TAXI.
Lodging is needed before and after your trip.
We have 14 rooms reserved under “Middle Fork River Expeditions” at the Mountain Village Lodge (800) 843-5475 for the evening before your trip and on day 6 of your trip. Please call them right away after booking your trip as they release the room block 14 days before the date. We also recommend the Sawtooth Hotel at 208-721-2459.
Call them directly after you decide on a trip date.
Plan to arrive in Stanley, Idaho by early evening the day before your trip for our 7:30pm meeting at the MFRE warehouse, located ¼ mile west on hwy 21 from Mountain Village on the left hand side of the street, between the Triangle C Ranch and the Meadow Creek Spa. There are three wooden oars with MFRE on them at the driveway entrance. We will get acquainted and answer questions, and have a short orientation to show you how to pack the waterproof bags (one large for sleeping kit and camp clothes and one small one for on-river gear) we provide for your personal gear.
Main Salmon Adventure ~ Travel to Salmon, Idaho
This trip takes 5 days door to door. The easiest way to get to Salmon is to fly to Missoula and rent a car and drive 2 hours to Salmon the day before your trip begins. You need to arrive in Missoula by 3pm for the drive to Salmon for our 7:30pm pre-trip orientation at the Stagecoach Inn. On the last day of the trip, we will fly you back to Salmon ($200), arriving by 11:30am, so you can book your flights out of Missoula after 4pm.
There is also commercial air service to Boise, Idaho. You can then fly (1 hour) to Salmon, Idaho, where our trips begins. Flight Boise to Salmon: Sawtooth Flying Services- 800-798-6105 or 208-342-7888. The cost is ~$190 Boise/Salmon per person one way. You need to arrange this with them directly. On the last day of the trip, we will fly you back to Boise ($235), arriving by 11:30am, so you can book your flights out of Boise after 3pm.
Driving Option: You can also drive to Salmon (6 hours from Boise or 2 hours from Missoula) we can fly you back to Salmon from Mackay Bar Ranch ($200).
Lodging is needed before and after your trip. We recommend: Pre trip lodging - the Stage Coach Inn, Salmon, Idaho (208-756-2919) the day before your trip. Please call them directly after you decide on a trip date or call us for help.
Plan to arrive in Salmon, Idaho by early evening the day before your trip for our 7:30pm meeting at the Stagecoach Inn. We will get acquainted and answer questions, and have a short orientation to show you how to pack the waterproof bags (one large for sleeping kit and camp clothes and one small one for on-river gear) we provide for your personal gear. We depart for the river by bus at 7:30am the next morning.
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