Guide to Stanley Idaho

Stanley is a town of 62 residents and is the population center of the state of Idaho. Regardless of its size, Stanley comes to life in the summer and has a good selection of lodging and dining. It is nestled between the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Frank Church Wilderness.   

Your orientation meeting will be at 6:00 PM at the Sawtooth Spirit. I recommend staying in Stanley on the night before your trip as well as the night of the last day of your trip, but if you do need to hit the road after your trip you will be able to get down to Boise that evening. (You will return to Stanley around 5:30 PM.)

Our trip will start and end at the Mountain Village Lodge, which holds rooms for our guests. So for hassle free lodging arrangements call them up and let them know you are floating the Middle Fork with Solitude. In case you want to browse some other Stanley lodging options, here are our recommendations.

This is what the 62 residents of Stanley do when the rivers are frozen!


The Sawtooth Hotel
(208) 721 – 2459

The High Country Inn 
(208) 774 – 7000

The Mountain Village Lodge
(800) 843 – 5475

Danner's Cabins 
(208) 774 – 3539



The Redd (Great Specials every night)

The Sawtooth Hotel (Since 1931)

The Stanley Baking Co (Best full breakfast in town)

The Kasino Club (Full bar, great steaks)

The High Country Inn

Peak's Perks


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504 Neyman St
Salmon, ID 83467
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