Craters of the Moon National Monument
This unusual scenic landscape located ¬†in Central Idaho, 18 mi. SW of Arco on Hwy. 20/26/93. The 750,000 acre monument was established in 1924 in order to preserve the volcanic features of the enormous lava field. ¬†As the monument is managed by the BLM and the National Park Service, there are several activities open to visitors including guided cave walks and Winter Ecology Workshops. The site is also excellent for backpacking, hiking and bird watching.
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
The SNRA consists of over 750,000 acres of the best Idaho has to offer. ¬†With 5 rivers, hundreds of lakes and four mountain ranges, the sky is quite literally the limit for outdoor activities. ¬†Visitors can mountain bike, hike, fish, hunt as well as camp and ride horses all the while surrounded by the beauty of the Idaho back country. ¬†Winter time offers just much outdoor fun with cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling. ¬†Just travel the scenic byway on Highway 75 north from Ketchum.
Named for the prominent U.S. Senator William Borah, Mount Borah is the highest mountain in the State of Idaho at 12,662 ft., and located within the Challis National Forest. ¬†It is located approximately 45 miles north of Arco ¬†on US 93. ¬†There are campgrounds located near the trail head. ¬†This is truly the ‚Äúpride of Idaho.
Silver Creek Preserve
Located at the base of the Picabo Hills, Silver Creek is a world class and world renowned fly fishing destination.¬† It is just 20 minutes south east of Hailey.¬† Owned and protected by the Nature Conservancy, Silver Creek is not just about fishing.¬† Whether you are a photographer, artist or sightseer, there is an abundance of birds and other wildlife to view.¬† From Ernest Hemingway to Gary Cooper, “the Creek” has provided a sanctuary to anyone who loves the outdoors.
Land of the Yankee Fork State Park
The Land of the Yankee Fork State Park brings to life Idaho‚Äôs frontier mining history. This State Park is part of the larger Land of the Yankee Fork Historic Area located in scenic central Idaho. Managed by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Challis District of the Bureau of Land Management this historic area provides unique historical interpretation and many recreational opportunities. At the Yankee Fork Visitor Center near Challis there are museum exhibits, a gold panning station, audiovisual programs, and friendly personnel to provide information on local mining history and area attractions. Also of interest are the ghost towns of Bonanza, Custer and Bayhorse, the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, the Custer Motorway and the Challis Bison Jump.
Salmon Challis National Forest
The Salmon-Challis National Forest covers over 4.3 million acres in east-central Idaho. Included within the boundaries of the Forest is 1.3 million acres of the Frank Church– River of No Return Wilderness Area, the largest wilderness area in the Continental United States. Rugged and remote, this country offers adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery. The Forest also contains Borah Peak, Idaho’s tallest peak, the Wild & Scenic Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The area is a highly desired destination for hunting, fishing, white-water rafting and many other popular recreational pursuits.