Stanley, Idaho Belongs on Your Summer Bucket List

The gateway to the Sawtooth Mountains.

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

Published: April 13, 2017

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