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The Sawtooths can be a beautiful place to visit in the winter. If you know where to go and have the proper gear for your activity, they can be an incredible destination to visit this time of year. Following are a few popular destinations to check out. 

Lakes await

Alturas, Petit, and Redfish lakes are incredible SNRA destinations during the winter months. Nordic skiers and snowshoers alike can find plenty of trails and boundless scenery. For a trail map please visit

Stanley area

Much like Redfish, Stanley lake is a popular stop for snowmobilers. Also frequented by Nordic skiers and snowshoers, it’s just an easy 7 miles west of Stanley. 

For hilly trails, a great trail network, and views of the Sawtooths, visit Park creek. Just 7.5 miles west of Stanley off of highway 21. For a trail map click here.

The Salmon River is a scenic and peaceful destination with some great fishing beginning in January. Bring along your camera to capture some amazing photos. Guides in the area will be happy to set you up for the angling adventure of your dreams.

Stanley offers hot springs and a popular event called Winterfest over Presidents weekend. Local businesses cater to the weekenders willing to make the trip. Be sure to check out events taking place so you can plan your winter getaway to the area.

Miles of smiles for snowmobilers

Smiley Creek is a very popular snowmobiling destination for those headed to Stanley. It provides a great stop to warm up and catch a bite to eat. Or find lodging in Smiley Creek and stay and play.

Wherever you decide to recreate in the Sawtooth Mountains this winter, dress appropriately, and stay weather aware. Storms can come in quickly. Try to get to your destinations before nightfall as wildlife on winter roads can be a dangerous combination. With a little caution and prep, you are sure to have an unforgettable winter experience in the Idaho Sawtooth mountains.