Stanley, Idaho Belongs on Your Summer Bucket List

The gateway to the Sawtooth Mountains.

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With endless trails, lakes, and gorgeous scenic vistas, Stanley is your quintessential mountain town destination. Whether you’re craving a few nights in the backcountry, a family-friendly day hike, or a good spot to set up your tripod and shoot the sunset, Stanley is the place for any adventure seeker. Plus, you're never too far from delicious eats and lodging. Check out some of our favorite adventures near town and plan your summer trip today!

1. Backpack to Cramer Lakes


Photo: Amanda Solomon

2. Paddle Stanley Lake


Photo: George Manlove

3. Backpack to Sawtooth Lake


Photo: Dusty Klein

4. Photograph Redfish Lake at Dawn


Photo: Madison Sankovitz

5. Hike Fishhook Creek


Photo: Ross Miller

6. Hike to Thompson Peak


Photo: Dusty Klein

7. Camp at Redfish Lake


Photo: Matt O’Connor

8. Photograph the Sawtooth Mountains


Photo: Dusty Klein

9. Hike to Bench Lakes


Photo: Madison Sankovitz

10. Backpack to Saddleback Lakes


Photo: Fudo Jahic

Discover more adventures around the Gem State at Visit Idaho.

Cover photo: George Manlove

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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