Day 2: Stanley to Challis



DISTANCE: 58 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: + 1512 ft. - 2621 ft.
ELEVATION: 5,253 ft
Average High Temperature in August:  84° F
Average Low Temperature in August: 50° F
Average Rainfall in August: .67”

In 1876, Alvah Challis founded the town which served as a main supply depot for the ranches and mining camps. Nowadays, the quaint town is ideal for all types of recreation including hunting, off-highway trail riding, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rockhounding, wildlife viewing, mountaineering, and river rafting.

Challis is also known for the abundance of wildlife including many long-horn sheep, which can be spotted grazing in the grassy areas below the rocky cliffs that dot the landscape. 

Each August Challis plays host to a migration of music lovers. Big name acts, old musical friends, families and fans make the Braun Brother's Reunion a celebration for all to enjoy. During the Braun Brother's Reunion, a three-day concert festival, the town population will double if not triple in size

White Water Rafting on the Salmon River

Day 2 Option

No trip to the Stanley Basin is complete without experiencing the Salmon River from a raft trip

Get out of the saddle and experience the exhilarating rush of being on the river. You’ll start the morning after breakfast, biking 14 miles down the Salmon River to the launch site, Elk Creek boat ramp (mile marker 203). Here you will jump in your boat and dive right in as we go through the ironically named, "Piece of Cake" rapid.

After some smaller class II rapids we'll wake you up with “Warm Springs Narrows”, a ¾ mile long stretch of punchy yet forgiving whitewater which passes singer Carole King’s wilderness ranch. If you are feeling like a swim, we'll take a quick break at Jump Rock for a dip. From there on out it is a peaceful float to Torrey’s Hole where you'll conveniently meet back up with your bike and head on out to Challis.

White Water Rafting on the Salmon RiverWe have negotiated a special rate of $65 which takes 2.5 to 3 hours ending at Torrey’s Hole at mile 210

Riders will need to be at the launch site by 8:45 AM.

To reserve your trip, call us at 208-788-5775 or book online at:


Camping: We will be camping in the Challis City Park and the adjoining baseball field.


Northgate Inn Motel
Hwy. 93 North
Challis, Idaho
Phone: (208) 879-2490

Holiday Lodge Motel
HC63 Box 1667, Loc: 0.3 mi N of Main St on Highway 93, Challis, ID 83226
Phone:(208) 879-2259

Ride IdahoPioneer Motel & RV Park
220 South Highway 93, Challis, Idaho
Phone: (208) 879-6791

RV Parking:

Pioneer Motel & RV Park
220 South Highway 93, Challis, Idaho
Phone: (208) 879-6791

Challis Golf Course RV Park
210 Golf Club Ln, Challis, ID 83226
Phone: (208) 879-5300

Challis Hot Springs
5025 Hot Springs Rd, Challis, ID 83226
Phone: (208) 879-4442ing in the Challis C