National Parks / Natural World
Sawtooth National Forest Twin Falls
Where is it at?
Sawtooth National Forest
Off Hwy 75
Where are we going today?
The Sawtooth National Forest is an amazing place right in the heart of Idaho. With 2.1 million acres of public land ready to be explored, you certainly have a fun filled and FULL family day out ahead of you!
Most of the forest is situated in south central Idaho, which means so are the 1,100 lakes and over 3,000 miles of streams and rivers which you can enjoy! Try and spot all the native trout and salmon as they embark on their annual runs!
With a forest like this, the opportunities for recreation and family fun are pretty much unlimited! There are undeveloped, primitive settings like the Sawtooth Wilderness, to the much more developed sites like the Redfish Lake. There are also nearly 1,500 heritage sites recorded, which are great to explore and learn from. You never know what the kids will learn about the archaeology and history of the area!
Want to know some of the fun activities you can do at Sawtooth National Forest? Good, because we'd LOVE to tell you! With all those lakes, it would be a shame not to utilize them! There are boating facilities that you can enjoy, and get out onto the waters.
Want something a bit closer to the solid ground? Well, in addition to the many hiking trails, there are also horse facilities where you can enjoy some horseback riding with your own horses.
The Visitor Center is a great place to start your experience, and get some knowledge of the area and places to visit, and if you feel you want to spend more than a day here, maybe check out the campsites - make it a family weekend out!
So grab those hats, sunglasses, and sense of adventure, because the entire Sawtooth National Forest is just waiting to be explored by you!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsCall for details
- ChildrenCall for details
When can we go?
Offices and stations open 8am - 4:30pm
All year around
There aren't any food outlets available within the forest so make sure you stock up before you arrive. .
Make sure you pack healthy snacks and plenty of water for those hikes! .
Any Top Tips?
Check out the Visitor Center first to really plan your day! .
Doing our bit
The national forest are trying to ensure they protect the land and forest for future generations, so help them out by taking your trash with you!.
Need a little extra help?
The park is handicap accessible. .
It's always best to take a hat and suncream especially during the summer months. .
What people are saying?
by Karen DeMattio
The most beautiful place on earth
We camped in the Saw Tooths, took a dip in the warm springs, rafted on the north fork, fished in Redfish Lake, and saw my first wild wolf stalk cattle. Can't beat that. Just remember, leave no trace behind.
Now go enjoy what mother nature gave us.
by Chris Khan
I drove from Boise to Stanley up Hwy 21 and then down 75 to Ketchum/Sun Valley. An amazing journey. Although the journey from Boise to Stanley is not many miles, make sure you allow lots of time (at least 4.5 to 5 hrs). The scenery is amazing all the way. We stopped in a small town (Idaho City)and had a swim in the hotsprings:)))). We stayed at REDLAKE just south of Stanley but also stayed in Stanley right on the riverside in a lovely cabin . We went out on Redlake, hiring a canoe and whilst we were there (June 22) Ospreys were diving in and taking...Read More
by Erin Landwehr
Its also home to the offspring of the sawtooth wolf pack which was a completely people tamed and raised wolf pack raised by Jim and Jamie Dutcher.
by Allen Smith
Its sucka butt!!
by Criscilla martinez
by Chris Khan
I drove from Boise to Stanley up Hwy 21 and then down 75 to Ketchum/Sun Valley. An amazing journey. Although the journey from Boise to Stanley is not many miles, make sure you allow lots of time (at least 4.5 to 5 hrs). The scenery is amazing all the way. We stopped in a small town (Idaho City)and had a swim in the hotsprings:)))). We stayed at REDLAKE just south of Stanley but also stayed in Stanley right on the riverside in a lovely cabin . We went out on Redlake, hiring a canoe and whilst we were there (June 22) Ospreys were diving in and taking the fish. You guys are so lucky to have so much wilderness to enjoy. Chris, Exeter, England, UK