The Salmon-Challis National Forest is located in the center of Idaho.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the

Salmon-Challis National Forest

Mystery Lake

The Salmon-Challis National Forest covers over 4.3 million acres in east-central Idaho. Included within the boundaries of the Forest is 1.3 million acres of the Frank Church-- River of No Return Wilderness Area, the largest contiguous wilderness area in the Continental United States. Rugged and remote, this country offers adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery. Passed into law on August 7, 2015, is the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Area (Interim Travel Wilderness Brochure) covering approximately 116,898 acres which is administered by the Forest and the BLM Challis Field Office.  The Forest also contains Borah Peak, Idaho's tallest peak, the Wild & Scenic Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The area is a highly desired destination for hunting, fishing, white-water rafting and many other popular recreational pursuits.  Please refer to the Visitor Guide for more information on the varitey of opportunities on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. 



Its All Yours Go. Play. FALL


Idaho Capital Christmas tree Graphic

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree - Coming to Salmon - Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

For almost 50 years the US Forest Service has provided the US Capitol Christmas Tree and over 70 "companion trees" to the US Capitol in Washington, DC. This year's tree will come from the Payette National Forest, thirteen years after the last Capitol Christmas Tree from Idaho.

In addition to the many celebrations that will take place in Idaho and cross country after the tree is cut next fall there will be a variety of ways schools, businesses and civic organizations can help make this the best US Capitol Christmas Tree ever.

Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit, is assisting the US Forest Service by developing partnerships, coordinationg events thruout the year in Idaho and cross country and in Washington, DC.  FOR FURTHER INFORMATINO CLICK HERE 


Fire Information


Discover your National Forest

Your National Forests are full of life with abundant animals, plants and water. Almost everything we do has an impact on nature and the environment. This is where the water you drink comes from. So don’t you think you need to learn more about your National Forest? Discover your National Forest. Learn together how we impact each other. The Forest Service would like to invite all of you to use your imagination and discover new animals and plants along the way. Get out and play where the other you lives. 

Latest news on the Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Effort

Sage Grouse Cover

Your Safety is Important to Us.

Idaho state law currently allows individuals under 16 years old to operate off-highway vehicles (OHV) on National Forest System roads whether or not they have a driver's license. When traveling on National Forest System roads to or from your favorite camping or hunting spot, you may encounter other drivers of all ages with varying experience levels and different types of motorized vehicles. Please take extra care to watch for all kinds of traffic to avoid life-altering collisions on roads managed by your national forest.

Recent News



On June 28 – 30, 2016 the Salmon-Challis National Forest (SCNF) will conduct the first ever Butte Fire Staff Ride.


Idaho Facts

Salmon-Challis National Forest - Idaho Facts