Getting to Stanley or Salmon, Idaho

Most folks fly into Boise for a Stanley launch and then either rent a car or take an air taxi flight to Stanley.  If your launching from Salmon (August) the closest airport is Missoula, MT.  Missoula has many car rental options.


Renting a Car: Boise:  It is a 3+ hour drive from Boise to Stanley via Highway 21. The drive is very scenic and winds through the Boise National Forest and over high mountain passes. There is no car rental agency with a drop system in Stanley. If you have a large party (8 -10), you can rent or charter a van through Sun Valley Express 877-622-8267, their rate from Boise to Stanley is $500 one way. 
Missoula:  It is a 2.5 hour drive from Missoula to Salmon via Highway 93.  This is a beautiful drive through the famous Bitterroot Valley, over Lost Trail Pass, then drops you into the Salmon River Valley. 


Shuttle Service: Caldwell Transportation Company offers Boise to Stanley / Stanley to Boise service. This is a reservation only service that must be made 48 hours in advance. Please call 800-727-9925 or visit www.ctcbus.com for your reservation.  There is no shuttle services from Missoula to Salmon, car rental is the only transportation to Salmon. 


Air Taxi Flight: Boise Only It is a 40 minute flight and is the fastest and most convenient way to and from Stanley.   For August trips you may also fly into Salmon from Boise, it is 1+ hour flight.  You would also have the option to fly out of Salmon, Idaho after the trip, this will save you some time. There is no air taxi from Missoula, MT.  Please visit www.sawtoothflyingservices.com or call 800-798-6105 to make your reservation. You can also contact Gem Air at www.gemairflights.com or call 208-756-7382, or Salmon Air at www.salmonair.com or call 800-448-3413, or McCall Air at www.McCallAviation.com or call 800-992-6559 to arrange a flight.

If you fly into Stanley, the Mountain Village Lodge has a courtesy van that will pick you up at the airport.  If you fly into Salmon, the Stagecoach Inn also has a courtesy van that will pick you up at the airport.  Just ask the pilots to give them a call.

If you drive to Stanley, you will be able to park your car at the Mountain Village Lodge for a $15 weekly charge.  If you drive to Salmon, you will be able to park your car at the Stagecoach Inn free of charge.

We have a secure, locked storage room at the Mountain Village Lodge for luggage and other items that you do not want to take on the river.  For August trips, the Stagecoach can hold any extra luggage for the week.

Thanks for the Memories

"Our group of 3 mid sixty year old couples, "green horns" spent 6 days and 5 nights on the Middlefork of the Salmon River with MFRT." "It was a blast !" "Middle Fork River Tours was outstanding "

Greg, Burnsville MN

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