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Rare open seats on June 22-27 Middle Fork of the Salmon

Good Morning River Family!

We had a cancellation overnight opening up 9 seats on RMRT’s super popular June 22-27 Middle Fork of the Salmon Trip.

 June 22nd fabulous trip!  You get the same itinerary and world-class experience as our “peak season” trips at a discounted rate of $2095 /$1895 per person.  This trip will travel the complete 104 miles of the famous Middle Fork of the Salmon.

Call 208.345.2400 or email jared@rafttrips.com to take advantage of this great opportunity!

Exceptional Value! All Inclusive Middle Fork of the Salmon

 

Wow…stunning Spring days in Stanley, Idaho this past week. The phones have been BUSY with folks inquiring about availability on both our Middle Fork and River of No Return Trips. I commonly get the same question….When is the best time to float the Middle Fork?

This answer has been changing in recent years due to warmer spring weather, resulting in an earlier peak flow and warmer weather in June. While June trips used to be considered “early season” it has quickly become a great option for our clients chasing the World-Class whitewater found on the Middle Fork during June flows.

RMRT’s June 13-17 is an exceptional value at $1495 for a 5-day all inclusive trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon.

Give me a call at 208.345.2400 to learn more!

2019 Middle Fork and Salmon River Availability

Spring has sprung in Idaho and the Middle Fork and Main Salmon rivers have seen their first spike of the spring season.  The summer rafting and fishing forecast is looking phenomenal and Rocky has a limited number of seats on both the Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Salmon River of No Return.  The last remaining seats of summer will vaporize as spring catches hold across the country and our return clients pick up the remaining seats chasing the opportunity to escape, unplug and rejuvenate in the largest Wilderness in the lower 48.

Middle Fork Snowpack & Trip Availability

The 2019 middle fork snowpack is looking fabulous and the snow just keeps piling up in the upper elevations.  Upper elevation snowpack is the key to a long whitewater season and excellent fly fishing season   The Middle Fork will host world class whitewater in June & July and phenomenal fishing conditions in trips and the August and September.  

2019 Middle Fork Available Dates 

June 13-17 $1495
June 22-27 $2095/$1895
August 10-15 $2295/$1795 RMRT’s Annual Teen Trip
August 18-33 2195/$1795 Rocky’s Fly Fish and Raft Adventure

Fall fly fishing dates 8/26, 9/3, 9/10, 9/18 are all full.  We are booking 2020 fishing trips now. 

 

Salmon River of No Return- the Ultimate Family Adventure

A big snowpack does not just offer great June and July whitewater, but it reaps rewards all summer long.  The River of No Return’s vast sandy beaches are legendary.  The larger the runoff, the bigger the beaches.  2019 beach camping is going to be ridiculous!  Think volleyball, slip and slides, capture the flag and plenty of space to escape it all.  

2019 River of No Return Trip Availability

July 5-10 $1795/$1000
July 21-26 $1995/$1000- Annual Kids Trip
July 29-Aug 3 $1995/$1000
Aug 6-11 $1995/$1000

Call or email Jared 208.345.2400 

2017…Off To A Phenomenal Start!

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)!

Photo Credit: Sawtooth Mountain Guides
Photo Credit: Sawtooth Mountain Guides

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.

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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.

5 Easy Steps to booking the ultimate adventure vacation…..

  1.  Take a look at our 2017 Trip Dates & Rates.  Give us a call or email and we will reply with a Trip Info PDF
  2. Place a complimentary  HOLD on seats for 7 days will you rally your group, explore travel options.
  3. We will send you and email link allowing you to view your invoice and place a credit card deposit to book.
  4. Purchase travel insurance within 30 days of deposit, we will pay 50% of your premium
  5. Stay tuned for more detailed trip information and Itinerary.  Your balance is due in the Spring

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

Its simple really…..Food & Guides

Rocky Mountain River Tours maintains an enviable reputation on the Middle Fork of the Salmon.  A common question from potential guests…“why choose Rocky?”  Its true, all of the outfits on the Middle fork benefit from the amazing beauty of the Frank Church, the pristine waters of the Middle Fork and the magic that occurs from spending 6 days away from civilization with a small group of new friends.   In the end its simple,  three factors are at play.

Guides, Gear & Food

Middle Fork Guides for Rocky
The Rocky Guides

 

The Guides

Middle Fork guides belong to an upper echelon in the guiding community.  They have been tested by the high waters of Spring, the technical boating of August and all the variables that pop up while leading 24 experienced guests through the largest Wilderness in the US.  The one thing that sets the Rocky crew apart from the competition is tenure.  The current crew of Rocky guides has been working together for 10 seasons.  They are well oiled machine when it comes to camp duties and on the on-water program.  But the most distinguishing factor is their chemistry, like characters in a movie.  Each with unique strengths & personalities that combine to result  in the best crew on the Middle Fork.

The Gear

Rocky pulls out all the stops when it comes to gear.  New sleeping bags and pillows are purchased annually while large river mattresses, spacious new Mountain Hardware tents and comfortable chairs are the norm.  Rocky provides a sanitary and private bathroom system with running water hand wash, solar showers and purified water.

The Food

Excuse us while we brag.  Rocky offers the best food on the river, period.  This is not a new thing, its a tradition. Sheila Mills, Rocky founder is the genius behind the menu design while Rachel B. is the culinary artists that puts all the pieces together.  The result is the most divers, fresh and healthy menu on the river.  Sheila has made a career at designing dutch oven entrees and amazing deserts.  She has published three Dutch-Oven cookbooks and continues to push the limits of what can be created in a riverside kitchen.    The Rocky menu is so diverse and impressive that it has its own fan club.  In an effort to keep the groupies happy we will be posting our 2013 recipe’s over the next few weeks.

SMOKED TROUT APPETIZER

1 pkg.(1#)                 SMOKED TROUT, arranged on parsley
2 boxes                     Breton crackers
2 boxes                     Blue Diamond crackers (gluten free)
1 container             Smokehouse Almonds
1 wedge                     English Cotswold cheese
1 bag                       Red Grapes (displayed around or next to the cheese)

BLEU CHEESE & PECAN  SALAD

1 bag                       Mixed Baby Greens
1 zip (3 cups)             Toasted pecans, in Ziploc
1 container                 Bleu cheese, crumbled
2 bottles                   Earth & Vine Honey Pear Vinaigrette
5                           Green Apples, chopped at the last minute & tossed in.
(toss salad with dressing & serve immediately)

SPICY PESTO LASAGNA – 3 DO’S (1 VEGGIE)

1 pkg.(3#)                 Jody Maroni Yucatan chicken & duck bulk sausage
1-container                Pesto
18-20 lg..                 Tomatoes, sliced
3 pkg                      Sfoglia
1-32 oz.+2 cups           Plain yogurt
1 ziplock(3#)              Jack cheese, grated-use all
1 zip                      Parmesan cheese, grated (4 C.)

Arrange pasta sheets in bottom of 3 DO’s.
Spread each sheet with pesto.
Break up sausage thinly & evenly on pesto.
Put on layer of tomato slices.
Spread with yogurt.
Sprinkle with Jack cheese & Parmesan
Put on another sheet of sfoglia.
Repeat all of above.
Top with sheet of pasta covered with sliced tomatoes and small amount of Parmesan.
Bake till golden & bubbly.

THYME-PARMESAN FOCACCIA

1 ziplock              Dry ingredients, mix well
3 Pkg.                 Yeast
3 cups                 Warm water
½ cup                  Olive oil
1 zip                  Parmesan, grated
Mix well.  Turn out onto floured surface and knead dough until soft and sticky about 5 minutes.  Divide in half and roll out & punch into rounds the size of DO bottom. Let rise about 20 minutes and sprinkle with Parmesan, salt and pepper.  With lightly oiled fingertips make indentations, about ½ inch deep and 1 inch apart all over dough.  Bake with the lid covered with hot coals for about 20 minutes until golden.

1 ½                    Caramel Fudge Pecan Tortes-slice into 30 wedges