Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin
Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin area has 185 miles of groomed, marked trails against the backdrop of the spectacular Salmon River, White Clouds and Sawtooth Mountain ranges, with some elevations north of 10,000 feet. You can also expect alpine meadows, foothills and plenty of lodgepole pines, hushed glades above the tree line, and vast, snow-filled bowls. The town of Stanley, Idaho serves as a hub with trails fanning out in every direction, and many begin their winter adventure by heading out between the grocery store and the service station. There are plenty of trail options along the way, but you may want to be sure to see the scenic Little Redfish Lake, Smiley Creek and the frigid waters of the Salmon River and Elk Mountain overlook. If you’re a seasoned rider, you may want to consider experiencing the ungroomed snowmobiling opportunities around Pole Creek.