The Sawtooth National Forest comprises more than 2.1 million acres of public land, most in south central Idaho with some in northern Utah.

The Sawtooth Forest includes areas around Twin Falls, Fairfield, Ketchum and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area near Stanley. The Forest’s 1,100 lakes and more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams provide native trout and annual runs of salmon and steelhead. The major rivers in the forest are the Salmon, South Fork of the Boise, South Fork of the Payette, and the Wood River. The congressionally designated 754,000-acre Sawtooth National Recreation Area is a part of the Sawtooth National Forest.

Opportunities for recreation are virtually unlimited, ranging from primitive, undeveloped settings like the Sawtooth Wilderness to highly developed recreation sites such as Redfish Lake. The Sawtooth Forest has nearly 1,500 heritage sites recorded and management values teaching and interpreting the archaeology of the area.

Trip Itineraries

Your 2018 Rodeo Roundup

There are few experiences more authentic than a Southern Idaho fair and rodeo. Here’s your guide to the best buckin’ ...

10 Summer Favorites to Add to Your Southern Idaho Bucket List

Every summer, it’s the same: You swear you’re going to get out more. Camp more. Hike more. Fish more. But then — boom! — it’s Labor Day, and summer is gone. Don’t make the same mistake this year! We’ve rounded up 10 bucket-list worthy summer activities.

5 Southern Idaho Music Fests You’ll Regret Missing

Southern Idaho is rocking out this summer. From megafests with classic rock legends on the banks of the Snake River to one of the West’s most respected cowboy music gatherings, this is the season to take in family-friendly concerts. There’s something for just about every type of music lover here — which one will you pick?

Make plans to visit Fairfield for Camas Lily Days June 2

When the time is right, the camas lily blooms in Southern Idaho's Camas Prairie are an amazing sight to behold. A sea of purple lilies punctuates an emerald-green landscape in the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area while songbirds and ducks sound off in the ponds and waterways.

Plan Your Trip for This Year’s Superbloom

This year’s unbelievable snowpack is receding slowly from the mountains and revealing an abundance of wildflowers throughout Southern Idaho.

Where to Find Southern Idaho’s Best Beers

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Skiing Is Still On In Southern Idaho

It’s been snowing in Southern Idaho! Pomerelle Mountain Resort and Magic Mountain Resort are keeping ski season going with fun ...

Southern Idaho Ski Season Is Here!

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Add a Little Luxury to Your Outdoor Weekend at the Willow Glamping Yurt

The Willow Glamping Yurt isn’t your typical hardscrabble backcountry lodging. This is outdoor living at its best, with a king-size bed and soft linens, a huge deck, electric heat, and amenities like a built-in fire ring and a propane grill. The yurt is situated in a grassy meadow, and nearby Almo Creek curves through stands of willows.

Barns Put Southern Idaho’s History In Plain Sight

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