Besides the 5 star rating we enjoy by guests posting to TripAdvisor.com there are a plethora of other reasons Adventure Sun Valley offers an experience that is a cut above the rest.
Unlike other rafting trips you may have been on in the past, you don’t have to lift a finger to load the rafts or do camp chores. We won’t serve you “camp food.” either! And we won’t make you ride in a hot, dusty bus to and from the river.
As an extension of its exclusive “Pampered Camping” amenities, Adventure Sun Valley offers complimentary shuttle service for Guests, in our very nice AIR CONDITIONED MOTOR COACH to and from the Boise Airport.
We will meet guests flying into the Boise Airport at 3:30 pm, on the day before the launch, for the drive to Stanley in time for you to settle into your hotel room, grab a bite for dinner and join us for an 8pm orientation meeting. [ More about our complimentary Motor Coach ]
By Car: The closest town to our launch site just happens to be charming Stanley, Idaho, located on Highway 75, off of Interstate 84, 140 miles north of Twin Falls. If you have time, the drive in from any direction is extremely scenic.
By Air and Rental car: Many guests fly into Boise or Sun Valley, rent a car for the week (starting around $240), and drive to and from Stanley.
By Air: Other guests choose to fly on a commercial airline into Boise or Sun Valley and then continue on with a two-way ticket on a small air taxi into Stanley and out of Salmon (near our beginning and ending points). The air taxi ticket costs around $360/person and must be booked well in advance. The air taxi will save you about 8 total hours on the road, as well as the cost of renting a car, and possibly even one night’s lodging at the end of the trip.
We hold an orientation meeting with guests the night before the launch at the River 1 Sporting Goods Store in Stanley Idaho at 8:00 p.m. to become acquainted, distribute our waterproof gear bags and help you prepare for your morning departure. River 1 is an EXCEPTIONAL place to get gear for your adventure.
Day one – Launching On Your River Trip
At the prescribed time that we share during the orientation meeting the evening before your river adventures begin, Adventure Sun Valley will pick you up at the Mountain Village Lodge in Stanley Idaho in our AIR CONDITIONED MOTOR COACH for a 1.5 hour scenic drive to the river launch site!
Alternately, when conditions require it later in the summer (usually but not always after late July), we will board a small air taxi in Stanley and fly to an airstrip downriver. The cost for this flight is approximately $150 per person.
At the launch location, your guides and rafts are waiting for your arrival at the river.
Thus begins your Middle Fork of the Salmon River wilderness river adventure!
Days 2 to 5 – Charmed Days on the River
Each day you will be served a hot breakfast around 8am and board the boats mid morning. Depending on the day and the camp site, highlights of shoreline activities may include Indian pictographs from the ancient Sheepeater Tribes that inhabited the area along this stretch of river long ago. Natural hot springs, wildlife sightings, exciting raids, trout fishing, trying out an inflatable kayak, stopping at the Flying B Ranch, hiking, swimming and swapping stories with new friends around the campfire are among some of the favorite pastimes enjoyed by guests. Photos and videos are also shot and can be shared with others in your launch group as of the 2017 season. Lunch and a hot dinner with appetizers and dessert are also prepared by the guides and served to guests.
Day 6 – The Last Day of your River Trip
One the final morning, you’ll be served breakfast an hour earlier than prior day and we will depart the shoreline earlier than previous day. When you arrive ashore around noon where the rafts are pulled out of the water, there is a reluctance to leave what has been an unimaginable experience for the past 5 nights and 6 days.
After lunch, our air-conditioned motor coach will be waiting for guests as you are transported the 2+ hours to Salmon Idaho. Guests who have booked air taxi flights or who will have their cars shuttled to Salmon will end the adventure here. We’ll drop you off at your motel or at the airstrip. Then the shuttle will continue another 2.5 hours to Stanley where our journey began.
We depart Stanley Idaho the next morning at 7am, to get guests back to Boise Airport. Plan on arriving back at the Boise Airport at approximately 11am.
For more information and a helpful resource, check our Frequently Asked Questions page where we have posted many helpful questions and the answers for guests preparing for a trip with Adventure Sun Valley.
Check our Trip Advisor reviews as well for wonderful comments from guests we’ve hosted over the years.