From LAX, nonstop service to Boise is offered on United and Alaska, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on United, Delta and Frontier. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $312. The drive time from Boise is a little more than two scenic hours.
Redfish Lake Lodge, Highway 75, Stanley; (208) 774-3536, http://www.redfishlake.com. Rates start at $70 for a room with shared bath.
There are many campgrounds in the area for both RVs and tent campers. The Sawtooth Recreation Area Office, (208) 727-5000, and the Stanley Ranger Station, (208) 774-3000, have good information. Another good source is http://lodging.uptake.com/camping/idaho/stanley/739922475.html, which lists information on area campgrounds.
The Stanley Chamber of Commerce at http://www.stanleycc.org has lodging information for those who prefer not to camp.
WHERE TO EAT
Potbelly Cafe, Elk Mountain RV Resort, Highway 21, Stanley; (208) 774-2202. The best barbecued pork sandwich I've ever tasted, about $4.95. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
WHAT TO DO
Sawtooth Adventure Co.,Highway 75, Lower Stanley; (866) 774-4644, http://www.sawtoothadventure.com
River Co., 1150 Eva Falls Ave. (Highway 21), Stanley; (800) 398-0346, http://www.therivercompany.com. Half-day whitewater river-rafting trips are $75 for adults.
White Cloud Rafting Adventures, 635 Edna McGowen Ave., Stanley; (800) 571-7238, http://www.whitecloudrafting.com. Half-day float trips are $75 a person, $60 for children 12 and younger.
White Otter Outdoor Adventures, Sunbeam Village, 100 Yankee Fork Road and Highway 75, Stanley; (877) 788-5005, http://www.whiteotter.com. Guided river and float fishing trips.
Mystic Saddle Ranch, Stanley; (208) 774-3591, http://www.mysticsaddleranch.com. Private, one-day and multi-day pack trips available.
Pioneer Outfitters, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, Highway 75 (at mile marker 180), Stanley; (208) 774-3737, http://www.pioneermountain.com
White Cloud Outfitters, 1500 Upper Hot Springs Road, Challis, Idaho; (208) 879-4574, http://www.whitecloudoutfitters.com
TO LEARN MORE
Sawtooth National Recreation Area: http://www.lat.ms/9mHZhy