River rats swarm Stanley in the summer to raft the Salmon River. Find suitable options for beginners and thrill seekers alike at The River Company—from peaceful two-hour floats through the Stanley Basin to adventures through Class IV smokers.
Stanley boasts an abundance of hiking trails that wind through the Sawtooth, White Cloud, and Salmon River Ranges. The popular Fishhook Creek Trail meanders past lodgepole pines and bubbling creeks, ending with a meadow view framed by snowy peaks.
After your hike, kick back on the white sand beach at Redfish Lake Lodge. Whether you splash around in the shallow cerulean waters or hire a pontoon boat for a cruise around the lake, the lodge has ample options for dining and entertainment. 401 Redfish Lodge Rd.
Looking to soak away your stressors? Make a reservation at the Mountain Village Resort. The resort’s hot spring has sliding barn doors that open to reveal thousands of stars sparkling above the Sawtooths. 3 Eva Falls Ave.
If you need gear for your mountain endeavors, head to Riverwear, which rents everything from wet suits and kayaks to stand-up paddleboards. The family-owned shop also sells Stanley-themed hats and hoodies. 300 Eva Falls Ave.
Whether you’re a beginner or a serious angler, Stanley Fly Shop will get you stocked up with rentals, recommendations, and top-notch tackle. 66 Niece Ave.