Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Sawtooth NRA) consists of 756,000 acres of beautiful mountanious scenery. The Sawtooth NRA includes the Sawtooth Wilderness, Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness, and the Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness areas. The Sawtooth NRA has over 700 miles of trails, 40 peaks rising over 10,000 feet and 300-plus high-elevation alpine lakes that add to the spectacular scenery and vistas. Recreational pursuits include outdoor activities like camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, boating and canoeing, rafting, observing nature, photography and bicycling. For information please contact the Sawtooth NRA Headquarters, open Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5pm at (208)727-5000, the Ketchum Ranger Station, open Monday through Friday 8:30am-5pm at (208)622-0090, the Stanley Ranger Station, open Monday through Friday 8:30am -5pm at (208)774-3000 or the supervisors office in Jerome, open Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm at (208)423-7500.


Our office, with the exception of mission-critical activities, is operating virtually. To protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are scheduling face-to-face meetings only if business cannot be resolved via the virtual environment. Be prepared to meet outdoors.  However, continuing our service to you during this time is very important. We are ready and available to help you!

Customer service representatives will be staffing our phone lines to provide information about the Forest or to assist your needs in ways besides face-to-face.  You can reach the Supervisors Office at 208-423-7500, the Ketchum Ranger District at 208-622-0090, the Fairfield Ranger District at 208-764-3202, the Stanley Ranger Station at 208-774-3000, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters at 208-727-5000 and the Minidoka Ranger District at 208-678-0430.

Sawtooth NRA Camping Fees and information

Sawtooth Wilderness Map

Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness Map

White Clouds Wilderness Map

Stanley Lake Plan Map

Redfish to Stanley Trail Map

At a Glance

Reservations: Campsites and picnic/day use areas that accept reservations need to be made through or by calling (877) 444-6777.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Sawtooth NRA Camping Fees and information
Permit Info: All Sawtooth Wilderness users must have a permit which are available at all trailheads at no cost. Groups with 8 -12 people or groups with stock must contact a Forest Service Office to obtain a permit. In the Sawtooth Wilderness groups may not exceed 12 people and 14 head of stock. In the Hemingway-Boulder Wilderness and Cecil D. Andrus- White Cloud Wilderness there is a sign-in sheet at the trailheads and groups may not exceed 12 people and 14 head of stock. 
Restrictions: Please keep your pets on a leash. Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed in any of the designated wilderness areas. STAY LIMITS: All occupancy (includes developed/dispersed camping, boats, boat trailers, travel trailers, tents, etc): Occupancy limit is 10 days in a 30 day period within a 30 mile radius for all of SNRA. After 10 days you must move at least 30 miles. This rule also applies to any personal belongings (travel trailers, boats, boat trailers, tents, etc.). Camp at least 100 feet from trails, lakes and streams. FIRE: All campfires must be on a fire pan or fire blanket. Use of gas stoves is highly recommended. If you must build a fire, only use dead and down wood. Fires damage vegetation, sterilize soil and scar the land. Campfires are not allowed: Off-trail from July 1st through Labor Day. In the following drainages: Alice/Twin Lakes, Toxaway/Farley Lakes, Goat Creek (tributary of the South Fork of the Payette River), or Alpine Creek. Within 200 yards of Sawtooth, Goat and Alpine Lakes near Iron Creek, Alpine and Saddleback Lakes in the Redfish drainage, and Scenic Lakes. SANITATION: We have a Leave-No-Trace policy so please pack out all trash. Help remove evidence of your stay and keep the area clean. Wash 150 feet away from lakes and streams. Even "biodegradable" soap pollutes. Keep it pure! Bury human waste at least 100 feet from water sources. Cat-holes for waste should be 6-8 inches deep and covered with soil. Properly dispose of toilet paper. WILDERNESS REGULATIONS FOR STOCK: Use proper stock containment methods. If you must tie to live trees limit it to periods of less than one hour. Stock are not to be tethered within 100 feet of springs, lakes and streams, nor grazed within 200 yards of lake shores. Keep bacteria out of water sources and protect fragile lake and stream shores. Grazing of equine stock is not allowed in the Salmon River drainage (east side of the wilderness). Feed is very limited. Carry pelletized feed. Packing in loose hay or straw is prohibited. Prevent introduction of weeds. No stock are allowed in the Goat Creek drainage (tributary of the S. Fk. of the Payette) or Alpine Creek drainage (near Alturas Lake). Help protect these fragile areas. Equine stock are not allowed overnight at Edith Lake. Help protect this fragile area. Stock are allowed in campsites only when loading and unloading.
Closest Towns: Stanley, Idaho. Ketchum, Idaho. 
Information Center: For information please contact the Sawtooth NRA at (208)727-5000, the Ketchum Ranger Station at (208)622-0090, the Stanley Ranger Station at (208)774-3000 or the supervisors office in Jerome at (208)423-7500.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site
Boat ramp
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Camping trailer
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