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Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho; Photograph by Justin Bailie, Aurora

Idaho: Experience the Wild Side of the Sawtooths

Climb, float, and soak among the serrated peaks of south-central Idaho.

What Is It? A varied weekend full of high-adrenaline adventure starts with a quick boat ride across Redfish Lake. This shuttle ushers you to some of the best hiking and climbing in the state. After a short trek up the glacially sculpted Redfish Canyon, you’ll spend the day rock climbing on the Super Slabs with the stellar leaders at Sawtooth Mountain Guides. Stay the night at the charming Redfish Lodge and pass the

Why Do It? This is the perfect way to get a taste of all the majestic Sawtooth Mountain Range has to offer. Top-rope climbing instruction from Sawtooth Mountain Guides means climbers of all skill levels will be safe while pushing limits on the Super Slabs, a spot across the lake where 5.4 to 5.10 routes run as high as four pitches. And since the Sawtooth Adventure Company offers a range of rafting options, you get to choose. Do you want to spend a mellow river day learning about wildlife and history while floating Class III white water, or would you prefer an adrenaline pumping day spent paddling big, fast, and fun Class IV water? It’s up to you. Add mountain biking, hiking, and fly-fishing if you have more time. Either way, cap it all off with a soak in one of the many natural hot springs near Stanley.

Make It Happen: Sawtooth Adventure Guides and Sawtooth Adventure Company have partnered to bring you a variety of multisport options. Redfish Lake Lodge offers rooms and cabins with awe-inspiring mountain views. Learn more about local hot springs.

What’s your favorite summer adventure in Idaho?

50 Best Summer Weekend Adventures: Great adventures are all around us—and summer is the ideal time to seek them. To give you some ideas and inspiration, every weekday we will be sharing a different U.S. summer weekend adventure, state-by-state from A to Z. We invite you to share your favorite summer weekend adventures in the comments section below when your favorite state is featured. Report back after the weekend to tell us about the outdoor adventures you had.