Sawtooth National Forest & Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Sawtooth National Forest & Sawtooth National Recreation Area

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Sawtooth National Forest & Sawtooth National Recreation Area


(208) 737-3200

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The Sawtooth National Forest is a place of remarkable beauty that has been providing goods and services to the American people since its eastablishment in 1905. This 2.1 million acre forest is situated in south central Idaho and extends into northern Utah. Jagged mountains rise above rustic ranches and rolling pastoral valleys connect to forested terrain. The 756,000 acre Sawtooth National Recreation Area is located at the northern most end of the Sawtooth National Forest and offers outstanding opportunities for recreation and viewing wildlife in a pastoral setting indicative of the old western way of life. Recreational opportunities on the Sawtooth National Forest are unlimited. Throughout the Forest, a wide variety of opportunities exist from the very primitive to highly developed recreation sites. The season of the year makes no difference as the Sawtooth is a "Forest for all Seasons." The spectacular 217,000 acre Sawtooth Wilderness features high granitic peaks that stand above glacially carved valleys--wild lands that provide solitude and sense of remoteness. Visitors can enjoy mountain biking, cross-country and downhill skiing, hunting, rafting, boating, horse-back riding, and wildlife viewing. The Forest boasts some 1,100 lakes and more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. Three National Scenic Byways; the Sawtooth, Salmon River and Ponderosa Pine; converge in Stanley, Idaho, and five mountain ranges; the Sawtooths, Boulders, White Clouds, Pioneer and Smokies, provide scenic landscapes in every direction. Winter offers outstanding experiences for cross-country skiing and downhill skiing is offered at four developed winter sports areas that provide some of the finest terrain and snow conditions. Snowmobiling is popular with marked and groomed trails and warming huts available. Springtime visitors are rewarded with snowcapped mountain peaks, rushing streams and meadows carpeted with hundreds of varieties of wildflowers. Summer visitors have developed camping and picnic areas at their disposal. Many of the campgrounds and facilities have been renovated to accommodate wheelchairs and walking aids. High quality summer recreational opportunities include swiming, fishing, scenic driving, camping, picnicking, backpacking, and horseback riding. Trail bike riding and two and four-wheel drive vehicle opportunities occur in many areas of the Forest. Visitor activities such as guided hikes, campfire programs, and exhibits are provided throughout the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The Sawtooth also offers outstanding opportunities for big game hunting and fishing.

Map of Sawtooth Nat'l Forest & Sawtooth NRA

Latitude, Longitude: 43.933626, -114.815701



  • Boating

    Opportunities for motorized boating, non-motorized boating, and swimming in the area.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain bike riding is a popular activity and a rider can cover 25 to 30 miles on a trip through beautiful mountain scenery in one day.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    There are a number of drives in the Ketchum District that provide visitors with a chance to see some beautiful country. The drive over Trail Creek Summit stretches from Sun Valley, over the Pioneer Mountains and into the Lost River drainage to Mackay, Idaho.

  • Camping

    All three districts offer camping opportunities to accommodate dispersed, modern, RV, and group camping. In addition many of the campgrounds and facilities have been renovated to accommodate wheelchairs and walking aids.

  • Climbing

    Climbing oppurtunities await you.

  • Fishing

    The Cassia Division within the Minidoka Ranger District, 40 miles south of Twin Falls, contains over 450 miles of streams, including the main Rock Creek drainage, popular with many anglers.

  • Hiking

    The Pioneer Cabin and The Lakes Trails are good examples of the popular day hikes available in the area.

  • Historic Sites

    The Sawtooth National Forest was created on May 29, 1905, by proclamation of President Theodore Roosevelt, with such a vast history and culture as this it is worth touring.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are 440 miles of inventoried trails in the Fairfield Ranger District, many of which top out in mountain lakes or circque basins.

  • Hunting

    Forested areas and rangeland provide habitat for wildlife species including mule deer, moose, elk, wild turkey, bobcat, cougar, many small mammals, and a wide variety of birds.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir

  • Picnicking

    Area has group picnicking sites.

  • RVing

    Minidoka Ranger District offers RV camping options.

  • Water Sports

    Water sports include windsurfing, swimming, tubing, boating (motorized and non-motorized), and waterskiing.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and snowboarding are some of the more popular winter activities in the area. There are about 50 miles of groomed snowmobile trails available north of Fairfield. Nordic skiing opportunities may be found in the backcountry through helicopter and cat ski guided trips into more remote areas.



From Twin Falls, travelling about 75 miles north on State highway 75 will lead you to the forest.

Phone Numbers


(208) 737-3200