Visiting Idaho any time of year is a breathtaking experience, particularly if you are on an RV vacation and are bringing your “home” right along with you. Traveling the highways and byways in an RV always provides a unique adventure.
Begin your Sawtooth trip on the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway in Boise, Idaho. You will find the two-lane narrow road winds through the wilderness landscapes, but there are passing lanes so you can let others whiz by. Sometimes this road closes in the winter, so you should call ahead to ensure the way is clear. Otherwise you can enjoy this scenic route year round.
From Boise, head north on Idaho 21 towards Idaho City. Along the way you should stop at the Lucky Peak Dam and enjoy the views. Perhaps you’d like to get in some boating at the Lucky Peak Reservoir. Nearby, you can let your dog out for a walk, or fix a picnic lunch at Lucky Peak State Park.
Once you reach Idaho City, you may feel it’s time to absorb some area history. Surrounded by Boise National Forest, this historic town is where you can get the flavor of the Old West as it really was. If you want to find a spot to spend the night, you’ll find plenty of camping available, with approximately 14 different campgrounds between Idaho City and Stanley, along Idaho Highway 21. Camping in the Boise National Forest is a special treat for those on RV vacations.
As you continue north to Lowman in your RV, the Sawtooth Mountains welcome you. Wildlife will peek at you from forest glens. The sky is blue and cloudless and the highway is beckoning you onward. You will eventually arrive at Warm Springs Creek in the No Return Wilderness, and then move on to pass Banner Summit, one of Idaho’s highest peaks. As you drop down into Stanley, Idaho, marvel at the panoramic view of the mountains in the distance.
Stanley, Idaho, surrounded by pristine forests, is a place to park your motorhome and get out into the sunshine. Recreation here includes hiking, rafting, biking, horseback riding, fishing and so much more. Take Highway 75 from here, heading south, and make it a point to stop at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and visit the headwaters of the famous Salmon River.
Your motorhome vacation isn’t done yet. Pull over at Galena Summit overlook to stretch and take some awesome photos. The air is fresh and clean and you can breathe deeply and shed all your cares. Hop back in your RV to carry on with your journey, for your next stop is the lovely mountain town of Ketchum. After experiencing the pleasant ambience of this quaint spot, you can take a side-trip to the recreational paradise of Sun Valley.
You are entering the last leg of your trip in your RV now. Once past Clarendon Hot Springs, you will come to the Shoshone Ice Caves, which are worth a visit. Your Sawtooth and Ponderosa Pine journey ends in Shoshone, Idaho. It almost goes without saying that you will be sad to end this marvelous RV vacation through the forests and parks of Idaho. But you can always come back again.