Rocky Mtn River Tour’s Blog…River Signals

Middle Fork Snowpack

In the river business we watch the weather & snowpack like baby-boomers obsess over the Dow and S&P.    Luckily for us, we have our own in-house snow specialist.  Chris Lundy, owner of Sawtooth Mountain Guides by winter, Rocky Middle Fork guide by summer.  Chris spends his winter ski guiding on the same snow that feeds the Middle Fork.

“Despite warm temperatures and a lack of snow during the past month, the snowpack at higher elevations is still hanging in there. Thanks to substantial snowfall back in December and January, many mountain weather stations are still reporting near-average snow water equivalent. Not to say we couldn’t use more snow, but we’re in much better shape than many people realize.”

-Chris Lundy, Sawtooth Mountain Guides

Explore the Sawtooths with Sawtooth Mountain Guides
Explore the Sawtooths with Sawtooth Mountain Guides

We came for the river…we remember the food.

Rocky Mountain River Tours has a rich tradition of gourmet food, going back nearly 40 years. Sheila Mills, founder of Rocky Mountain River Tours and Dutch Oven Cookbook author, built an amazing culinary foundation.   Rocky’s style and systems continued to be refined year after year and evolve to match our clientele.  Our menus are full of fresh salads, creative entrees and amazing desserts that cover a large portion of today’s specialty diets.  Gluten Free, Vegan and more specific dietary preferences are accommodated for a small fee.

Check out Rocky’s New Video Gallery.  You will find a series of video-shorts that illustrate the different experiences you will find on our Idaho River Trips


Glamping with Rocky Mountain River Tours by Nick Como

Join Nick Como, NY native and author of, as he recaps his Middle Fork Experience

“Putting on a neoprene wetsuit at 7 AM to step out in a 40 degree Stanley, Idaho morning can only mean one thing: Adventure! This is the coldest we’ll be all week, we are assured by Jared, head honcho at Rocky Mountain River Tours. The snow blanketing the Sawtooth range peaks, as well as several hillsides our bus zooms by on the way to Boundary Creek, leads to me to believe otherwise. This may be more camping than glamping (glamorous camping) after all.

Happy Guides & Great Wine
Happy Guides & Great Wine

Over the next six days, we’ll drop over 3,000 feet in elevation. Wetsuits give way to shorts and T-shirts as the river cuts its way to meet with the Main Salmon 100 miles away. We begin at 6,000 feet in an alpine forest of Lodgepole and Douglas Fir on a river that resembles more of a steam. Narrow, but fast-flowing with rapids in succession, I could tell right from the start our guides were on their A-game to navigate this stretch.

A few short hours and a few dozen rapids later, several of us are stipping our Scuba Steve outfits off on a sandy beach to swim in the crystal clear water of the Middle Fork of the Salmon on the trip’s first lunch break. I never needed the wetsuit again, just sunblock and some shades to “battle” the elements. The Middle Fork is relaxing yet wild, scenic, magical and remote. It is like no other place.

The 100 miles and six days would feature hot springs, bottles of wine paired with cheese and smoked salmon for happy hour, short walks and demanding hikes to

Fresh Flowers, Table Cloths and Home-made Brownies
Fresh Flowers, Table Cloths and Home-made Brownies

incredible views, impassable canyons and food. Lots of delicious food. Sleekly packed rubber rafts, when unloaded reveal a full kitchen, comfy tents with luxurious sleeping pads and pillows, full sized camp chairs and enough food to feed an army. Far from roughing it in the largest wilderness area in the lower 48. I don’t always camp, but when I do, I prefer to glamp.

-Nick Como, Author at, TV host Outta Here Utah.

Como and fiancé high above the Middle Fork
Como and fiancé high above the Middle Fork

Lodge & Raft trips on the Salmon River of No Return

The 2014 summer on the Salmon River of No Return (RoNR) aka…Main Salmon, aka…the best family vacation on the planet… is looking great!  This trip is perfect for families with little or no camp and rafting experience. The RoNR’s massive sand beaches make for very comfortable camping and ample room to get your play on.  Horseshoes, bago, bocce ball, and Koob are some of the evening activities.   The history found on the RoNR is world  We bring along SUP’s tandem Inflatable kayaks, and our PaddleCat to make sure everyone in the family gets their adventure fix.   Rocky’s River of No Return trips kick off with an overnight experience at the Salmon River Lodge .  A beautiful riverside property deep in the Frank Church Wilderness.  The first evening of the trip our guests and crew will celebrate the upcoming week over an Idaho-style feast.  Guests and guides will wake up to a home-style breakfast before pushing off downstream into the largest roadless wilderness in the US.


185 miles of rapids, wilderness & hotsprings
185 miles of rapids, wilderness & hotsprings

2014 River of No Return Availability

June 27- July 1: Sold Out!
July 4-9: 4 open seats
July 12-17: 6 open seats
July 20-25: Sold Out!
July 28-Aug 2: 9 open seats
August 5-10: Sold Out!

Adults $1895  Kids(5-18) $1050

Trip includes:

  • Ground transportation from Salmon to the Salmon River Lodge
  • Salmon River Lodge-1 night lodging, dinner & breakfast
  • All camp equipment and river gear
  • Amazing food, ample beverage, regional beer and local wine
  • Ground Transportation from river take-out to McCall Idaho
8th Annual Kids Trip on the River of No Return
8th Annual Kids Trip on the River of No Return
Idaho River Rafting
Family Fun on the Wild & Scenic Salmon
multi-generational trips
Inflatable Kayaking on the Wild & Scenic Salmon
Inflatable Kayaking on the Wild & Scenic Salmon


Same Great Trip… Less Money

Idaho rafting is like all other world class vacation destinations.  Savvy travelers seek out the shoulder season to receive the ‘Prime Season’ service at ‘Low Season ‘ rates.   The Middle Fork is no different.

Middle Fork of the Salmon
Frank Church- River of No Return Wilderness

Act fast!  We have limited availability on the following 2014 Shoulder Season Trips

June 13-17, Five Day Middle Fork  $1495/$1295 

June 22, Six Day Middle Fork $1995/$1795

August 10th & 18th , Six Day Middle Fork $1995/1795

In addition to a better price, Rocky’s shoulder season trips have their own unique draw.  Our June trips are all about the Middle Fork’s World Class Whitewater.   While our August trips offer amazing fly fishing.  In fact Rocky’s August, shoulder season trips sell out quickly because of the world -renowned dry fly fishing found on the Middle Fork in August

Middle Fork Motor Coach Service- New 2014!

Middle Fork Motor Coach
Rocky has upped the ante with luxury motor coach service

New for 2014!  In an effort to make Rocky trips even better and due to popular request, Rocky now offers luxury motor coach service from North Fork back to Stanley.  This offers an air conditioned, comfortable, 3 hour ride back to Stanley versus a long, hot, bumpy ride in a school bus.  What a perfect ending to a perfect trip!

5 Simple Steps to Booking the Ultimate Adventure

Idaho's Frank Church Wilderness

Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness

#1-  Check your Schedule– We get it…Summers are busy.    Keep in mind the larger your group, the earlier you should reserve.   You can compare your party’s schedule to our Trip Calendar.   2015 groups are already booking.  Our trips sell out every summer and the July trips fill  first.

fyi….The calendar on maintains our real-time availability for those who prefer to book online.

#2- Give Jared a call (208)345-2400 or send a note – We need to know your preferred date, number of people in your party and their ages. We will recommend a trip, discuss available dates, answer questions and make suggestions. We are happy to HOLD your seats for 7 days while we work through deposit and trip details.

#3- Everything you need to know- Following our initial conversation we will send a follow up email recapping our conversation and include Rocky’s Guest Information Packet.   It is loaded with a bunch of great info to help understand the itinerary and level of service you can expect on a Rocky trip.  We will also include a link to pay your deposit with an Amex, MC or Visa.

#4 Book & Confirm Travel:  Rocky’s guest guru, Krista is here to help with all your travel specifics.  She has a wealth of information  about Stanley lodging,  ground transportation, trip insurance, gear requirements, how the bathroom works and what’s for dinner.  For those flying from far, far away.  Krista will also help with arrival/departure details to make sure you are in the right place, at the right time.

Rocky loves trip insurance!  So much…we will pay 50% of your premium (avg premium $120 per person)

#5 Book the Trip of a Lifetime:  As soon as you are comfortable (or within 7 days) with your trip selection, travel details and all your questions have been answered.  Send us an email, give us a call or click on the link to reserve.  We will keep in touch with trip updates and be available for questions at any time.


So what’s stopping you?  Isn’t it time you unplug and reconnect with your family & friends on an Idaho Wilderness River?

Middle Fork-Main Salmon 6-Day Epic!

In Idaho we call it… turning the corner.  Outside of Idaho, they call it …the crown jewel of wilderness rafting.

185 miles of pure, untouched Idaho Wilderness

The Middle Fork
Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness

Trip Details

  • June 13-18
  • Includes 1 night at a riverside guest ranch
  • Stanley to Stanley round trip.  Trip costs includes Cessna flight from river’s edge back to Stanley.
  • Award winning cuisine, beer, wine and the best group of guides in the business
  • Reserved for ages 18+