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Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River 75-Mile Rafting

Tour, Escorted tour

Salmon, Idaho to Salmon, Idaho

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Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River 75-Mile Rafting
Join our expert river guides on this epic backcountry adventure, frequently cited as the world's best river trip! A scenic flight takes you deep into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness before rafting 75 miles down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. This sparkling waterway was one of America's first designated Wild and Scenic Rivers. Our trips are filled with a variety of exciting activities from whitewater rafting to swimming, fly fishing, relaxing in natural hot springs, and optional hiking. Choose to actively participate on a guide-led paddle boat, sit back on the oar boat, or try an inflatable kayak. At the end of each day, pull into camp to feast on delicious food cooked by your guides and enjoy an evening of fun and camaraderie.
  • Have a blast on one of National Geographic's top-rated whitewater rafting trips, deep in the heart of Idaho's Frank Church?River of No Return Wilderness
  • Paddle or float to suit your activity level and choose a new experience every day-this trip is great for all ages and all activity levels; it is like summer camp for the whole family!
  • Compare the value! We offer the most inclusive Middle Fork trips, with all your travel arrangements, transportation and lodging, carefully orchestrated for a worry-free vacation.

Internal Airfare (Salmon to River Put-in): $250
Minimum Age: 7
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
6 Nights Starting At
August 01, 2024 through August 08, 2024
Book by:
July 28, 2024 7:00 PM
Internal Airfare (Salmon to River Put-in) not included
Itinerary Overview
Day 2
Fly to the Put-in at Indian Creek
Day 3
Hot Springs and Exploration
Day 4
Pictographs and Play!
Day 5
Ride the River to Tappan Falls
Day 6
Coast into the Impassable Canyon
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6 Nights from $3,495.00 (USD) Per Person
Internal Airfare (Salmon to River Put-in) not included
July 28, 2024 7:00 PM
6 Nights from $3,495.00 (USD) Per Person
Internal Airfare (Salmon to River Put-in) not included
August 13, 2024 7:00 PM
6 Nights from $3,495.00 (USD) Per Person
Internal Airfare (Salmon to River Put-in) not included
July 28, 2025 7:00 PM
6 Nights from $3,495.00 (USD) Per Person
Internal Airfare (Salmon to River Put-in) not included
August 05, 2025 7:00 PM
6 Nights from $3,495.00 (USD) Per Person
Internal Airfare (Salmon to River Put-in) not included
August 13, 2025 7:00 PM
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Accommodations
MT Sobek: Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River 75-Mile Rafting

Day: 1, duration: 1
Stagecoach Inn
A historic gem in the scenic town of Salmon, Idaho, the Stagecoach Inn exudes charm and character. Dating back to the early 20th century, this quaint inn has been a witness to the region's rich history and transformation. The inn's cozy rooms are tastefully decorated, offering a blend of comfort and nostalgia. The Stagecoach Inn's central location in Salmon makes it a convenient base for exploring the nearby natural wonders, including the breathtaking Salmon River and the rugged landscapes of the Salmon-Challis National Forest.Day: 2, duration: 5
MT Sobek Camp—Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho

Your Middle Fork camping experience includes five nights on the banks of Idaho's Salmon River, with full porterage and set up. Our dome-style tents are large enough to stand in, and include sleeping pads, and professionally laundered sleeping bags. You can even take a sun-heated shower after a day on the water. All camping spots are on beautiful beaches or plateaus next to the river, with fantastic views every day.

Day: 7, duration: 1
Stagecoach Inn
A historic gem in the scenic town of Salmon, Idaho, the Stagecoach Inn exudes charm and character. Dating back to the early 20th century, this quaint inn has been a witness to the region's rich history and transformation. The inn's cozy rooms are tastefully decorated, offering a blend of comfort and nostalgia. The Stagecoach Inn's central location in Salmon makes it a convenient base for exploring the nearby natural wonders, including the breathtaking Salmon River and the rugged landscapes of the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Guides
MT Sobek: Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River 75-Mile Rafting

Kevin McDermott
Kevin —a.k.a. "Thirsty"—has been guiding since he was 17 years old and has been an integral part of MT Sobek's Arctic rivers program for decades. His laid-back manner puts everyone at ease, and he has a wealth of knowledge about Arctic rivers. Although he normally spends his winter months in Colorado's Telluride ski area, he has climbed Denali three times, reaching the summit in 2000. Thirsty is a legend in the MT Sobek circle and endears himself to travelers with his expertise, calm demeanor, and sense of humor.





Andy Ambelang
Andy was born and raised in the great outdoors of Montana. At the young age of 15, he launched his first trip down the Salmon River in Idaho and has never looked back! He spends his summers guiding down the Salmon before heading over to the Colorado River in springtime and fall to guide through the Grand Canyon. Internationally, he has led trips in Nepal, Ethiopia’s Blue Nile River, and Madagascar’s Mania River. In the off season, Andy works as a ski patroller at Montana Snowbowl and skis with his dog Dani every chance he can get.





Mandela Van Eeden
Mandela was raised on a nature reserve at the southernmost point of South Africa, and in the mountains and open plains of Montana. Over her 15-year career as a full-time professional river guide, she has led trips in Montana, Idaho, New Zealand, Morocco, the Grand Canyon and Southern Africa. Mandela also works for the National Wildlife Federation to bring awareness to wildlife conservation, protect public lands, and drive clean water acts. Through films, creative storytelling, and her podcast “The Trail Less Traveled,” Mandela brings the many wonders of the outdoors to life.





Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River 75-Mile Rafting

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
What To Expect
MT Sobek: Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River 75-Mile Rafting

Reason #01
MT Sobek has operated small-group rafting adventures on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River for over 17 years, join us on one of the world's greatest river trips.Reason #02
Professional river guides are certified in Leave No Trace principles to maintain a pristine environment and will WOW you with their wilderness cooking skills.Reason #03
Compare the value! We offer the most inclusive Middle Fork trip, with all your travel arrangements, transportation and lodging, carefully orchestrated for a worry-free vacation.Activities
Exciting whitewater rafting on Class II-IV rapids, paddling 10-19 miles per day, with short hiking excursions on the river's scenic banks.Lodging
A comfortable hotel in Salmon, followed by MT Sobek's deluxe riverside camps, with meals served around the campfire beneath the stars.Climate
Summer daytime temperatures range between 60-90°F, and evenings between 40-60°F. June trips are cooler. Salmon River water temperatures average 58-65°F.What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our family friendly departures and private trip options for groups with younger guests.How many rafts and paddle boats will there be on the trip?
We use a variety of boats from oar boats, paddle boats and sweep boats. The combination of boats will vary based on the number of people and water levels of each trip.Will there be showers at the campsites?
We will have a small amount of hot water available in our camp shower each night, but don't expect a shower every evening. But the riverside swimming is always available.What kind of river and camping gear is provided on this trip?
We provide large stand-up tents, thick sleeping pads, and freshly laundered sleeping bags.Is this a good trip for families?
This is an excellent trip for families! Highly recommended for young kids and grandparents alike!What is the toilet situation at camp?
We will provide a portable seated toilet set up in a private setting at each campsite, with toilet paper and hand soap.Is it possible to forego the stay at the Stagecoach Inn on the last day?
Yes, we understand you may be time constrained or eager to get to your next adventure, so you may choose your own local lodging or begin your journey home immediately upon arrival at the Stagecoach Inn. We book our trip inclusions up to a year in advance and do not provide discounts if you choose to forego the final night accommodations. It is worth noting: If you can spare the time, transitioning immediately from river bliss to a 3-5 hour drive, or a hurried trip to the airport, is not an ideal way to finish the trip. We have learned over nearly two decades of trips that quick access to a hot shower, relaxation, and a shared celebration is the optimal way to conclude your experience with us.
MT Sobek: Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River 75-Mile Rafting

Day: 1, duration: 1
Stagecoach Inn
A historic gem in the scenic town of Salmon, Idaho, the Stagecoach Inn exudes charm and character. Dating back to the early 20th century, this quaint inn has been a witness to the region's rich history and transformation. The inn's cozy rooms are tastefully decorated, offering a blend of comfort and nostalgia. The Stagecoach Inn's central location in Salmon makes it a convenient base for exploring the nearby natural wonders, including the breathtaking Salmon River and the rugged landscapes of the Salmon-Challis National Forest.Day: 2, duration: 5
MT Sobek Camp—Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho

Your Middle Fork camping experience includes five nights on the banks of Idaho's Salmon River, with full porterage and set up. Our dome-style tents are large enough to stand in, and include sleeping pads, and professionally laundered sleeping bags. You can even take a sun-heated shower after a day on the water. All camping spots are on beautiful beaches or plateaus next to the river, with fantastic views every day.

Day: 7, duration: 1
Stagecoach Inn
A historic gem in the scenic town of Salmon, Idaho, the Stagecoach Inn exudes charm and character. Dating back to the early 20th century, this quaint inn has been a witness to the region's rich history and transformation. The inn's cozy rooms are tastefully decorated, offering a blend of comfort and nostalgia. The Stagecoach Inn's central location in Salmon makes it a convenient base for exploring the nearby natural wonders, including the breathtaking Salmon River and the rugged landscapes of the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
MT Sobek: Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River 75-Mile Rafting

Kevin McDermott
Kevin —a.k.a. "Thirsty"—has been guiding since he was 17 years old and has been an integral part of MT Sobek's Arctic rivers program for decades. His laid-back manner puts everyone at ease, and he has a wealth of knowledge about Arctic rivers. Although he normally spends his winter months in Colorado's Telluride ski area, he has climbed Denali three times, reaching the summit in 2000. Thirsty is a legend in the MT Sobek circle and endears himself to travelers with his expertise, calm demeanor, and sense of humor.





Andy Ambelang
Andy was born and raised in the great outdoors of Montana. At the young age of 15, he launched his first trip down the Salmon River in Idaho and has never looked back! He spends his summers guiding down the Salmon before heading over to the Colorado River in springtime and fall to guide through the Grand Canyon. Internationally, he has led trips in Nepal, Ethiopia’s Blue Nile River, and Madagascar’s Mania River. In the off season, Andy works as a ski patroller at Montana Snowbowl and skis with his dog Dani every chance he can get.





Mandela Van Eeden
Mandela was raised on a nature reserve at the southernmost point of South Africa, and in the mountains and open plains of Montana. Over her 15-year career as a full-time professional river guide, she has led trips in Montana, Idaho, New Zealand, Morocco, the Grand Canyon and Southern Africa. Mandela also works for the National Wildlife Federation to bring awareness to wildlife conservation, protect public lands, and drive clean water acts. Through films, creative storytelling, and her podcast “The Trail Less Traveled,” Mandela brings the many wonders of the outdoors to life.





MT Sobek: Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River 75-Mile Rafting

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
MT Sobek: Idaho Middle Fork of the Salmon River 75-Mile Rafting

Reason #01
MT Sobek has operated small-group rafting adventures on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River for over 17 years, join us on one of the world's greatest river trips.Reason #02
Professional river guides are certified in Leave No Trace principles to maintain a pristine environment and will WOW you with their wilderness cooking skills.Reason #03
Compare the value! We offer the most inclusive Middle Fork trip, with all your travel arrangements, transportation and lodging, carefully orchestrated for a worry-free vacation.Activities
Exciting whitewater rafting on Class II-IV rapids, paddling 10-19 miles per day, with short hiking excursions on the river's scenic banks.Lodging
A comfortable hotel in Salmon, followed by MT Sobek's deluxe riverside camps, with meals served around the campfire beneath the stars.Climate
Summer daytime temperatures range between 60-90°F, and evenings between 40-60°F. June trips are cooler. Salmon River water temperatures average 58-65°F.What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our family friendly departures and private trip options for groups with younger guests.How many rafts and paddle boats will there be on the trip?
We use a variety of boats from oar boats, paddle boats and sweep boats. The combination of boats will vary based on the number of people and water levels of each trip.Will there be showers at the campsites?
We will have a small amount of hot water available in our camp shower each night, but don't expect a shower every evening. But the riverside swimming is always available.What kind of river and camping gear is provided on this trip?
We provide large stand-up tents, thick sleeping pads, and freshly laundered sleeping bags.Is this a good trip for families?
This is an excellent trip for families! Highly recommended for young kids and grandparents alike!What is the toilet situation at camp?
We will provide a portable seated toilet set up in a private setting at each campsite, with toilet paper and hand soap.Is it possible to forego the stay at the Stagecoach Inn on the last day?
Yes, we understand you may be time constrained or eager to get to your next adventure, so you may choose your own local lodging or begin your journey home immediately upon arrival at the Stagecoach Inn. We book our trip inclusions up to a year in advance and do not provide discounts if you choose to forego the final night accommodations. It is worth noting: If you can spare the time, transitioning immediately from river bliss to a 3-5 hour drive, or a hurried trip to the airport, is not an ideal way to finish the trip. We have learned over nearly two decades of trips that quick access to a hot shower, relaxation, and a shared celebration is the optimal way to conclude your experience with us.
About MT Sobek
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This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

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About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

Read More

Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.