DescriptionIn south-central Idaho, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area comprises 756,000 acres of the northern division of the Sawtooth National Forest. The recreation area features three mountain ranges of peaks exceeding 11,000 feet, deep forests and high mountain lakes. The recreation area includes the Sawtooth Wilderness, the White Cloud-Boulder Mountains, portions of the Smokey Mountains, the Salmon River and five major lakes. The backcountry has 750 miles of hiking trails and more than 300 lakes.
Nature trails in the forest include the Fishhook Creek Nature Trail, adjacent to Redfish Lake Visitor Center, and the Wood River Adventure Trail, bordering the Wood River Campground.
The Stanley Ranger Station is open Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30. A visitor center on the northern shore of Redfish Lake, 5 miles south of Stanley on SR 75, is open daily 10-5, mid-June to mid-Sept. The North Fork visitor center and national recreation area headquarters is open Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5 (also Sat., Memorial Day-late Dec.).
A free audio tour explaining the area's history and features can be borrowed at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters, Stanley Ranger Station or the Ketchum Ranger District. For more information write Sawtooth National Recreation Headquarters, 5 North Fork Canyon Rd., Ketchum, ID 83340; phone (208) 727-5000 for headquarters, (208) 774-3000 for the Stanley Ranger Station or (208) 774-3376 for the Redfish Lake Visitors Center.