Not far from home, the Salmon River snakes 425 miles through central Idaho, and through the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. “The Frank” is the second largest protected wilderness in the United States, and is a great place for a weekend getaway or week-long backpacking and rafting adventure.
It borders the Gospel Hump Wilderness and encompasses 3.3 million acres of road free land. Three mountain ranges grace the landscape here: The Salmon River Mountains, the Clearwater Mountains, and the Bighorn Crags.
At the foot of steep mountain walls and granite canyons flows the Salmon River, known for it’s swift current and popular for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Parts of the canyon carved by this river are deeper than the Grand Canyon.
With one of the largest roadless wilderness trail systems, it’s easy to “get away from it all.” Choose from over 2600 miles of trails for backpacking mountain biking, and breathtaking beauty. It’s quite possible that you’ll come across ancient ruins of Shoshone and Nez Perce inhabitants.
Due to it’s large size, large populations of grey wolves and mountain lions call the Frank their home, as well as black bears, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and lynx. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a wolverine.
It’s a great place to travel with your loved one, your family, or on a solo adventure and a perfect destination to remind you of your childhood love of nature and the great unknown.
Visit VisitIdaho.org for more information.
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