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Central Idaho

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.

Take the Road Less Traveled

Central Idaho is brimming with unexpected discoveries … Start your journey in Sun Valley, and venture off the beaten path to uncover a treasure trove of nearby adventures.

Ready to Plan Your Next Vacation?

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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Getting to
Central Idaho

Maps & Guides

Planning your Idaho getaway couldn’t be easier with our free travel guides and maps. Inspiration and information at your fingertips.

Head in the Clouds

Flying to Idaho? Check out Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls, or the Boise Airport in Boise for the most convenient access.

Places to Stay

From camping under the stars to cozy cabins, vacation rentals and hotels, find the accommodation that fits your every need.

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