Welcome to the Salmon-Challis National Forest

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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) & Story Map 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 variety of opportunities on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

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2018 Jackie Caivano Scholarship Application

Scholarship application packages MUST be on file in the local high school counselor’s office on or before April 15, 2018, or they may be delivered to the local Ranger District office by same date.  No late applications will be considered.  Scholarship winners will be notified by the Forest Service on or before May 20, 2018.


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

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