After an early breakfast we drive about two hours to our put-in on the Salmon River. The Salmon River is the longest undammed river contained in a single state in the lower 48 U.S. states. It flows from the south-central Idaho through some of the most remote country in the American West with clean, clear waters surrounded by an immense, wild landscape. On this trip you float the last 40 miles of the Salmon followed by 20 miles on the Snake River through the tail end of Hells Canyon.
Once we arrive at the river’s edge, meet your rafting guides for a safety orientation. Then we put on personal flotation devices and start our rafting adventure. For the next three days we raft some 40 miles on the Salmon and on the last day we continue about 20 miles on the Snake River through the lower end of Hells Canyon. The rapids are fun, intermediate rapids suitable for a wide range of abilities.
After a few introductory rapids, we stop for lunch on one of the many expansive white sand beaches. While our guides prepare lunch, enjoy a swim in the river, or a short walk to a site of interest. After lunch we continue rafting several hours through the dramatic canyons of the Salmon River. Between the rapids the river is calm and invites you to jump in for a swim, or to simply sit back and soak in the endless vistas of this Western paradise.
By late afternoon we arrive at camp. Set on a beach, our camps are very comfortable. Typically there’s a calm area for swimming, plenty of room for playing games such as volleyball or Frisbee, and a bit of shade where you can relax with a book. Soon it’s time for dinner, then the night sky replete with the Milky Way or a shining moon.
Nights on the Salmon are warm and mosquito-free and while tents are provided, many prefer to sleep out under the open canopy of starlight.