Sawtooth National Recreation Area turns 50!

Release Date: Aug 5, 2022

Sawtooth National Forest – Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Forest Service News Release

Acting Public Affairs Officer: Elizabeth Wharton


Sawtooth National Recreation Area turns 50!

USDA Forest Service and community partners invite the public to celebrate and reflect on the past 50 years and look forward to the next 50 years

Ketchum, ID, August 5, 2022 — The Sawtooth National Recreation Area and its community partners are celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting fun and educational events this month.

On August 22, 1972, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area was established to “assure the preservation and protection of the natural, scenic, historic, pastoral, and fish and wildlife values and to provide for the enhancement of the recreational values associated therewith.” (P.L. 92-400) Now, 50 years later, the Sawtooth National Forest and cooperators are celebrating its inception through putting on events, such as educational forums, a sculpture unveiling, and even a community celebration, from August 12 to September 1.

For this special occasion, community partners such as the Stanley Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Conservation League, Sawtooth Society, Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association, and National Forest Foundation aim to educate participants and celebrate the Sawtooth National Recreation Area’s unique history, scenic vistas, and striking legacy.

“Fifty years ago, a grand experiment was started with the creation of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. This was the result of decades of endless public, elected official, and agency involvement on how best to preserve the area, limit threats, and maintain the lifestyle enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.” Sawtooth National Recreation Area Ranger, Kirk Flannigan, said. “I am encouraging the public to attend these forums and celebrations where we can all meet and discuss how we can continue to protect and preserve the Sawtooth National Recreation Area for the next 50 years and more.”

For more information about these events, please visit the Sawtooth National Recreation Area 50th Anniversary website at   You can also contact the Sawtooth National Recreation Area at 208-727-5000.



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Sawtooth NRA 50th Anniversary Celebration Schedule

Sawtooth National Recreation Area Artist in Residence Sculpture Unveiling

Friday, August 12, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters, 5 Northfork Canyon Rd, Ketchum, ID 83340, USA

Join USDA Forest Service and The Sun Valley Museum of Art to see the 2022 Artist in Residence's permanent sculpture unveiling!

Public is welcome!

SIHA Forum & Lecture Series: Sawtooth National Recreation Area 50th Anniversary Forum

Friday, August 19, 6:00 PM

Stanley Museum, State Hwy 75, Stanley, ID 83278, USA

Public is welcome!

Sawtooth National Recreation Area Community Celebration

Saturday, August 20, 10:00 AM

Pioneer Park, Airport Rd, Stanley, ID 83278, USA

The public is welcome and encouraged to enjoy the speakers, coffee and pastries.

An Evening with Outdoor Idaho

Monday, August 22, 6:00 PM

Redfish Lake Visitor Center, Redfish Lake Rd, Stanley, ID 83278, USA

Join Outdoor Idaho staff and friends for a look at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area through the lens of this award-winning program.

Public is welcome!

Celebrating the Sawtooth National Recreation Area with Idaho Artist John Horejs Gallery 601, Boise

Thursday, September 1, 5:00 PM

Grove Hotel, Boise, ID, 245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702

Join Gallery 601 and Idaho Artist John Horejs as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area!

Public is welcome!