Central Idaho is home to some of Idaho’s most dramatic scenery. From Redfish Lake to the Salmon River, central Idaho has no shortage of thrilling whitewater, alpine lakes, jagged mountain peaks, wildflower-filled meadows and historic mountain towns. With the first and only International Dark Sky Reserve, the stargazing here is out of this world.
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Highlights of a Salmon River Scenic Byway Road Trip
Discover natural hot springs, mountain peaks, glacial lakes and starry skies on this road trip.
An Idaho Star-Studded Summer Adventure
Learn about central Idaho’s International Dark Sky Reserve, where to go, when and how to see the stars.
Trace Hemingway's Footsteps through Sun Valley
Celebrate one of the most famous writers in history with must-see spots around Sun Valley and Ketchum.
Explore the Wild Beauty of the Sawtooth Scenic Byway
Experience geological wonders and creature comforts along one of the most beautiful routes in Idaho.
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Check out these frequently asked questions about central Idaho.
- When can we see fall foliage in central Idaho? Typically September through the end of October.
- Can you ski in central Idaho? Yes. With an average yearly snowfall of 220 inches and bluebird days, spend your days skiing Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain in Sun Valley or exploring backcountry areas throughout central Idaho.
- Are there unique geological areas to explore? Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Sawtooth Mountains, Mt. Borah (Idaho’s tallest peak) and Pioneer Mountains.
- What wilderness areas are in central Idaho? Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness.
- When is the best time of year to visit? In spring find wildflowers; in summer try mountain biking, whitewater rafting and hiking. In the fall, find fall colors and visit historical sites and in winter enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
- What historical sites or monuments can I visit? Land of the Yankee Fork State Park & Interpretive Center, Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Education Center, Ernest Hemingway Memorial and ghost towns.
- Where can I fish in central Idaho? Lakes and rivers abound here. Try Silver Creek Preserve, Big Wood River, Salmon River, Magic Reservoir, Redfish Lake and Stanley Lake.
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