Places to Visit: Sawtooth Mountains

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Sawtooth Mountains

Ernest Hemingway thought of the Sawtooth Mountains as a very special place, and you will see why when you make it a point to travel to lovely Idaho on your vacation. Study up on information about the area before you arrive so you can take advantage of the many outdoor activities. Read More

The Sawtooth National Forest is a forestland full of surprises. As you will see, the Sawtooth Mountains are appropriately named, as their serrated silhouettes show against the sky. The sunsets are the most spectacular you will witness, and with over 1,000 lakes and over 3,000 miles of rivers, you won't ever want to leave once you arrive.

In this wonderland in south central Idaho, activities abound, from fishing for salmon to rafting or kayaking the pristine rivers. See the headwaters of the "River of No Return," which is what the Salmon River was dubbed by Lewis and Clark. You can go hiking over beautiful trails with gorgeous scenery or take incredible scenic drives through the forests.

Rent a log cabin, stay at a guest lodge or simply camp out at your choice of campsites. Whichever you decide, you will find whatever you need.

To get to the Sawtooth Mountains from the McCall area, simply take the Payette River Scenic Byway (ID-55) for 105 miles, then get on I-84 East toward Boise. Taking exit 57 you will get on ID-21 and follow the signs. You will be so glad you made this short trip to the Sawtooth.