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.

Fire Information

Fires in the Intermountain Region

The map below is produced by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and is hosted on the National Fire Situational Awareness page, where users may access the map in a full browser view. Additional incident specific information may also be accessed at InciWeb.

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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.

Potential Amendments to Land Management Plans Executive Summary

Greater Sage-Grouse

The Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Regions of the Forests Service incorporated standards and guidelines for the conservation of greater sage-grouse into forest plans in 2015. As plans have been implemented, potential inefficiencies and difficulties have been identified. An initial Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement was published and then after initial input, the Forest Service released a supplemental NOI with specific proposed actions for comment. The public comment period ended on August 15, 2018. The comments received have been summarized into a report that is available online.

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

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Idaho Facts

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National Trails 50th

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