Happy New Year to our river family! This time of year we are watching the snow pile up in eager anticipation for the whitewater ahead. Nothing is better for the Salmon River country than copious amounts of snow and so far old man winter is delivering (knock-on-wood)!
The natives love it. All our river guides over at Sawtooth Mountain Guides are getting to slay, fresh un-tracked Sawtooth silk all winter long. While our drought stricken forest are getting free refills and the Cutthroat are giddy in anticipation of all that clean, cold summer water.
We have officially embarked into the “Booking season”. The first 3 months of the year are busy with daily phone and emails asking about trip availability and “Why Rocky?” Due to the limited number of seats on each of our trips, and the limited number of trips, this time of year is equally as busy as the summer rafting season.
Middle Fork of the Salmon & River of No Return
Current availability on our Middle Fork of the Salmon and River of No Return trips is great. While some of our Peak Season Dates are full, others have great availability. If the current snowpack is any indication 2017 is going to be a phenomenal rafting season.
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Join Nick Como, NY native and author of EatPlayRamble.com, 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.
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
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.”
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.
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
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
First, let me apologize for my lack of posts. The combo effect of wrapping up the river season and having a new baby has been a whirlwind. Roni, Maya and I welcomed little Jonathan Tyler (aka….JT) to the party on September 4th . These last few months have been filled with lots of love, sleepless nights & chasing the new normal. As the dust settles and we find our groove we are having a blast. Maya digs being a big sis, Mom is in love, and Dad is thankful for it all.
It has been 12 years since diapers, 2 AM feedings and tummy time. I’ll be honest Parenthood, the 2nd time, intimidated me. Oddly, the similarities between a new baby and a new business motivated me on both paths. In the beginning it was about creating a solid bond and finding a groove. Accepting that things are changing and time is in hyper speed. In a strange way I gained a clear perspective of what is important & what’s not. The constant change forced me to ‘not sweat the small stuff’ and good things happened. Next thing I know, I am looking in the rear-view mirror and amazed by my progress and stoked about the future. We have a happy, thriving, inspiring little boy…and can hardly wait to see what the future holds. I daydream of sharing the wilderness with him. Watching as his love for wild places, family and adventure influences who he is, and what’s important.
Rocky Mountain River Tours is stoked to offer America’s Premier Rafting Vacation. Imagine 6-days and 185 miles of the best whitewater and alpine scenery in the world. This trip includes 1-night at a riverside lodge and scenic flight back to Stanley.
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Rocky’s most popular family adventure. Rocky caters this trip to families with children aged 6-18, resulting in the ultimate family adventure. We adjust menus, bring extra beach games, lots of sunscreen and break out all the toys for the trip. Book Now…this trip sells out quickly!
Loyal clients have demanded that we start a family rafting tradition on the Middle Fork. This Early August trip is catered to multi-generational families (age 10+) offering perfect water levels for paddle rafting, inflatable kayaking, fishing and shenanigans. We keep the kids busy, allowing parents and grandparents ample time for relaxing, socializing, fly fishing and enjoying the largest wilderness in the United States. Reserve now!
Join Rocky and experience the fastest growing watersport in the world, Stand Up Paddle Boarding. The fun, safe, rolling rapids of the Wild & Scenic Salmon has been identified as the #1 SUP river in America. Great for beginners and advanced paddlers. Not all participants need to SUP, rafts and IK’s available.
As you know Sawtooth Adventure Company and Rocky Mountain River Tours joined forces in 2013 to offer the best wilderness river trips available. This past July Rocky Mountain River Tours inherited SAC’s most popular trip, The Annual Kids Trip on the Wild & Scenic Main Salmon. This trip is catered to families with kids between 5-18 years old. We pull out all the stops and celebrate the kids! We bring along a photographer, all the river toys , the best beach games, adapt the menu and invite our most kid-fun guides. All of this not only insures your kids have the time of their lives, but also guarantees an unforgettable week for the parents.
2014 8th Annual Kids Trip July 20-25, 2014
Adults $1895 Children (5-18) $1050
Trip includes 1st night lodging at a riverside guest ranch, food, beverage, river equipment, camp gear and ground transportation. Seriously… all you need is your toothbrush, personal clothing and sense of adventure.
This trip has a maximum size of 23 guests and sells out quickly! Call Jared to reserve the ultimate family adventure!