Welcome to the Salmon-Challis National Forest

On the Forest




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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Recent News



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

Forest Service Communication Strategy for Greater Sage-Grouse Planning

Greater Sage-Grouse

The U.S. Forest Service is considering developing amendments to current sage-grouse conservation plans.  Public involvement is important for adding meaningful participation from the early phases of planning through finalization of the plan amendments and subsequent monitoring. A public participation strategy has been designed to assist with communication within the Forest Service and between the Forest Service and the public. 

View the latest news about the Forest Service’s Greater Sage-Grouse conservation efforts.

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Salmon-Challis National Forest Wild and Scenic River Evaluation

Middle Fork Salmon River

Welcome to the Salmon-Challis National Forest's Wild and Scenic River Story Map.  Public comments are welcomed on the Draft Eligibility Rivers Report until July 16, 2018.

Idaho Facts

Salmon-Challis National Forest - Idaho Facts


Off Highway Vehicle

Your Safety is Important to Us (OHV Message)

National Trails 50th

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