Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Sawtooth NRA) consists of 756,000 acres of scenic mountain country. The Sawtooth NRA includes the Sawtooth Wilderness, 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 mountain alpine lakes that add to the spectacular scenery and vistas. Recreational pursuits include Outdoor activities of camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, boating and canoeing, rafting, observing nature, photography and bicycling. 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 Twin Falls at (208)737-3200.

Sawtooth NRA 2016 Summer Newsletter!

Sawtooth NRA Campground Information

Sawtooth Wilderness Map

Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness Map

White Clouds Wilderness Map

At a Glance

Reservations: Campsites and picnic/day use areas that accept reservations can 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
Permit Info: All wilderness users must have a permit for wilderness use. You may fill out a permit at the trailhead except for groups with 8 or more people or groups with stock. They must obtain their permit from a Forest Service Office. Groups may not exceed 12 people and 14 head of stock May 1 - November 31. 
Restrictions: Please keep your pets on a leash. Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed in any of the designated wilderness areas. Camping limits: Developed campgrounds: 10 day maximum stay length for campsites. Dispersed camping: In the Salmon River corridor- 10 day camping limit and must relocate more than 10 miles of the original site for at least 14 days. North of Galena Summit: 16 day camping limit, must relocate more than 10 miles of the original site for 14 days. South of Galena Summit: 16 day camping limit and you may not relocate anywhere in the Ketchum Ranger District or Sawtooth NRA dispersed areas for 14 days. 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, use 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: Pack out all trash. This includes food scraps. 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 should be 6-8 inches deep and covered with soil. Properly dispose of toilet paper.  WILDERNESS REGULATIONS 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 Twin Falls at (208)737-3200.

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