The Fairfield Ranger District, established in 1906 with consolidation of the Shake Creek and Fairfield Ranger Districts in 1972, encompasses 420,720 acres of Forest system administered lands and contains over 680 miles of streams and more than 20 high mountain lakes. There are many mountains on the District over 9,000 ft. in elevation, with four peaks--Baker Peak, Big Peak, Two Point Mountain, and Smoky Dome that are over 10,000 ft. high in elevation. The South Fork of the Boise River, Little Smoky Creek and Big Smoky Creek are the major river drainages. Fairfield offers seemingly endless opportunities for the backpacker, hiker, horseback rider, mountain biker and off-road vehicle user. There are 440 miles of inventoried trails on the District, many of which top out in mountain lakes or circque basins. Snowmobiling, downhill skiing, and snowboarding are some of the more popular winter activities on the District. There are about 50 miles of groomed snowmobile trails available north of Fairfield. Nordic skiing opportunities may be found in the backcountry through helicopter and cat ski guided trips into more remote areas. Visitors will find numerous hot springs on the District, accessable in the summer, including Worswick, Skillern, Willow Creek, Pries, and Baumgartner. Fairfield boasts (12) campgrounds. Baumgartner Campground is fully accessible to visitors using wheelchairs and includes paved camping sites. The campground also boasts a hot pool for soaking, a children's play area and a 1/4 mile interpretive trail.
The Ketchum Ranger District is located in the northwest portion of the Sawtooth National Forest. The District covers 321,544 acres of mountains and hills filled with sage, aspen, pine and fir. Five hundred miles of streams course through the District and the major river drainage is the Big Wood River whose headwaters are located north of Ketchum on Galena Summit. In addition to these waterways, there are over 90 lakes located on the Ketchum District. The highest point of elevation of the Sawtooth National Forest, Hyndman Peak at 12,009 ft. elevation, is found on the District in the Boulder Mountain Range. Bald Mountain, one of the country's best-loved ski areas, is located in the Ketchum District. Recreation is the most popular activity on the Distict and opportunities are numerous for hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and scenic driving. The roads and trails range from those suitable for novices to high country trails suitable only for experienced outdoor recreationists. The Pioneer Cabin and the Lakes Trails are good examples of the popular day hikes available on the District. Mountain bike riding is also a popular activity and a rider can cover 25 to 30 miles on a trip through beautiful mountain scenery in one day. The Ketchum Ranger District offers outstanding opportunities for motorcycle trail riding and numerous roads and trails provide access to spectacular scenery, excellent fishing, and remote campsites. There are a number of drives in the Ketchum District that provide visitors with a chance to see some beautiful country without the investment of time and energy assocated with walking, biking, or horseback riding. The drive over Trail Creek Summit stretches from Sun Valley, over the Pioneer Mountains and into the Lost River drainage to Mackay, Idaho. Dollarhide Road, which follows the Warm Springs drainage over Dollarhide Summit, runs southwest from the town of Ketchum, past Bald Mountain and on into the Smokey Mountains.
The Minidoka Ranger District encompasses 604,168 acres of National Forest system land. Wildflowers, wildlife and recreation opportunities abound on its five unique divisions--Cassia, Albion, Sublett, Raft River and Black Pine. The Cassia Division, 40 miles south of Twin Falls, contains over 450 miles of streams, including the main Rock Creek drainage, popular with many anglers. The Albion Division, located 20 miles southeast of Burley, is home to Cache Peak (10,339 ft.), which is the tallest peak in the Albion Mountain Range. The Sublett Division, located east of Idaho Interstate 84, offers fishing and camping near Sublett Reservoir. The Raft River Division, located in northern Utah, northwest of Salt Lake City, offers an expansive view from its 9,600 ft. mountain peaks of the Great Salt Lake, Snake River Plain, the Sawtooth Mountain Range and into the state of Nevada. The Black Pine Division located east of the Albion Division and west of Idaho Interstate 84 near the Idaho/Utah border, is popular for gathering pine nuts, the gourmet snack of the pinyon pine tree which grows abundantly in the area. Recreation is undoubtedly the most popular pursuit on the Minidoka Ranger District. Summer activities include camping, picnicing, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and all-terrain vehicle trail machine riding. Winter brings opportunities for alpine and nordic skiing, and snowmachine travel. Hunting and fishing are popular on the District. Six alpine lakes, three reservoirs, and numerous streams are included within the District boundaries. Forested areas and rangeland provide habitat for wildlife species including mule deer, moose, elk, wild turkey, bobcat, cougar, many small mammals, and a wide variety of birds. The District manages (#?) camping units in 25 developed campgrounds. The district maintains over 341 miles of trails to meet needs for motorized and non-motorized use.
The Albion Division, located approximately 20 miles southeast of Burley, Idaho, encompasses 95,000 acres of National Forest system land. Beautiful wildflowers can be seen and wildlife is abundant. In the summer, camping, hiking and mountain biking are popular. The paved Howell Canyon Road takes visitors up Mt. Harrison where you will find Lake Cleveland, a high alpine lake set in a cirque basin--one of two found south of the Snake River. The lake offers excellent fishing, camping and picnicing opportunities. The lake sits at 8,263 ft. above sea level and is situated on the north side of Mt. Harrison, nine miles up Howell Canyon. Lake Cleveland is a favorite fishing spot for trout fishermen. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake. The Lake Cleveland campground facilities can handle 100 people at one time and all facilities are handicapped accessible. A handicapped trail runs completely around the lake. A Sawtooth fire lookout station is also located at the top of Mt. Harrison. This popular visitor attraction offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, including the mountain ranges of the Sawtooths and the Tetons, the cinder buttes of the Arco desert, and the Snake River Plain. Howell Canyon is the home of an alpine ski area resort. Both groomed and ungroomed cross-country trails are marked in Howell Canyon, a popular snowmobiling area. A warming hut for winter recreationists is also provided at this location.
The Cassia Division is a short 40 minute drive south of Twin Falls and is known to local residents as the "South Hills." The division's proximity to Twin Falls makes this area appealing to residents of the Magic Valley. The Cassia Mountain Range rises to a top elevation of 8,400 ft. and these scenic mountains are covered by a variety of rangeland and forest vegetative types. Mixed stands of subalpine fir, lodgepole pine and aspen are interspersed among rolling grasslands. Visitors come to this area to relax, picnic, hike, horseback ride or ride mountain bikes on the many miles of trails that traverse these gentle mountains. The division has 12 developed campgrounds with a total of (#?) camping units, many of which are free of charge. There is 1 picnic area with 10 sites, including the Harrington Fork Picnic Area which has paved walkways accessible for wheelchairs and walking aids. The Cassia Division is popular with deer hunters and Big Cottonwood Creek and Goose Creek are streams with good trout fishing. Winter sports are popular activities. Magic Mountain Ski Resort offers hours of enjoyable skiing with challenging terrain and good snow. The resort has two double chair lifts, one poma(?), one rope tow and 20 runs. The resort is only lightly wooded and is a popular destination for cross-country skiers. Off the head of Rock Creek are 4 cross-country ski trails ranging in length from 1.2 to 8.1 miles. Three of these trails are groomed regularly. There are 30 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and another (#?) miles of ungrommed, marked routes.
The Raft River Division encompasses 95,000 acres of Forest Service administered land and includes the Raft River Mountain Range located in northern Utah, northwest of Salt Lake City. These peaks reach up to an elevation of 10,300 ft. On a clear day, the vista from the top offers a view of the Great Salt Lake, Snake River Plain, Sawtooth Mountain Range and into Nevada. The area is popular among archery and rifle deer hunters and several drainages provide excellent opportunities for fishing in small streams. Clear Creek Campground, which is handicapped accessible, is the Division's only developed campground. The campground serves as trailhead for the Bull Flat (#001) and Lake Creek (#004) Trails. There are also plenty of opportunities for dispersed camping.
The Sublett Division, located east of Idaho interstate 84, is a 90,000 acre expanse of open sagebrush and grass terrain. Pockets of Douglas-fir on northern exposures and open meadows full of wildflowers make it an excellent location to take a scenic drive or a horseback trip. The miles of trails provide year-round opportunities for recreationists. The area is popular with snowmobile enthusiasts in the winter and off-road vehicles riders, hikers, and equestrians in fair weather months. There are approximately 60 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the winter. In North Heglar Canyon, the Mill Flat Trailhead provides access to numerous trails and old logging roads, providing miles of routes to travel with horses, mountain bikes and all-terrain vehicles. Deer, elk, and moose also can be found in the area.