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Day 5: Challis to Mackay

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DISTANCE: 53 miles
ELEVATION: 5,906 ft
Average High Temperature in August:  81° F
Average Low Temperature in August: 46° F
Average Rainfall in August: .75”

On day four we'll ride from Challis to Mackay through the valley between the Lost River Range and the White Knob Mountains became home to many settlers that arrived in Idaho in the 1800s. Copper, lead, zinc and silver deposits were discovered just southwest of town in the White Knobs and this led to an influx of people to the community, known Copper City.

1901, a new town was founded and named Mackay (pronounced Mac-key) after the primary owner of the White Knob Mining Company. Mackay has a rich mining and associated logging history as well as farming and ranching. With mining and logging essentially shut down, the main economy now revolves around farming and ranching, tourism, and the Idaho National Laboratory.


Our overnight camping will be at Kids Park, with an abundance of trees this park is located in heart of downtown Mackay


Wagon Wheel Motel and RV Park
809 Custer St, Mackay, ID 83251
Phone:(208) 588-3331

Bear Bottom Inn
412 Spruce St, Mackay, ID 83251
Phone:(208) 588-2483


River Park Golf Course  
Address: 717 Capitol Ave
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone:(208) 588-2296

Wagon Wheel Motel and RV Park
809 Custer St
Mackay, ID 83251
Phone: (208) 588-3331

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