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“Spectacular view of the Sawtooth's” 5 of 5 stars
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HC64, Box 9934, Stanley, ID 83278   |  
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“Spectacular view of the Sawtooth's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is the third day of five that we booked at the ranch. I do not know where to start....the setting is let's say very special, it's just outside of Stanley across from Redfish Lake, the ranch is perched on a shelf that rises above the Salmon River and offers a view of nearly the entire Sawtooth Mountain Range.
Our hosts Sandra and Larry make sure that you have the most enjoyable experience possible. The entire staff is obviously well trained and are ever present to attend to your wishes.
The ranch offers all meals inclusive with your stay. These are not just "ranch style" meals served family style, but expertly crafted dishes that vary daily using locally gathered fresh ingredients. to creat a medley of favors that are true to the farm to table movement .
Accommodations are simple but comfortable wile being authentic.
My only warning is that you book early as they have space for a very limited number of guests.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

As we were driving north up 75 on our way to the ranch I looked off to our left and said, ‘Wow! Look at that beautiful house.’ A second later we passed an Adopt a Highway sign on our right that was sponsored by IRMR and I said, ‘Wait! That was the Ranch!’ We made a right turn into the Lower Ranch and turned around. We turned right into the property and then saw the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch sign over the driveway. From the entrance of the driveway, you can’t even see the property. It’s a minute before the full glory of the place comes into view.
It is, in a word: spectacular. The cabins are gorgeous rustic luxe from the tree-log desk to the wood drawers to the leather headboard to the stone shower. It’s really unbelievable. The giant stone fireplace is fantastic; we lit fires every night – paper, logs & directions provided. The bed is super comfy; you’ll be torn between not wanting to get out of it and wanting to get up and start your day. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, make-up remover pads, a blow-dryer, fly swatter, flashlight, and a laundry bag are provided. (The bag came in very handy for a load of laundry we did upon arrival after an overnight camping trip.) You can also request your laundry be done for you. We had cabins 12 & 14, each with a queen size bed. The rooms didn’t have a connecting door but that never became an issue. The views from our porch were incredible – I personally thought we had the best cabins! If you don’t need two rooms, I’d suggest the free-standing cabin we saw as the walls are not insulated and the sound carries through a bit (although that wouldn’t stop me from staying here). I can’t speak for the lodge rooms although I can say they have an even more magnificent view if that’s possible (the same you get from the lodge porch).
This is one of a small handful of places we’ve been where our expectations were exceeded. In fact, the rooms, the views, the lodge, the hot springs pool, the surrounding area...all of it is even more beautiful in person.
Additionally, the level of customer service is out of this world. Beside the fact that the entire staff is so polite and professional, they all seem to go out of their way to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Sandra, the manager, introduces herself to you and is there to provide for you in any way she can. You feel quite pampered and well taken care of here.
Mornings for us began at the main lodge where a buffet of muffins, jams, breads, juices, coffee, and a roaring fire are waiting (mornings are pleasantly chilly). Once sitting, you can order a hot breakfast as well as your gourmet lunch sandwich for the day. There’s another table with lunch bags and other goodies including fruit, granola, chips, and juice boxes for you to pack along with your sandwich. It’s really quite the set-up and seems to go off without a single hitch every day.
In the evenings, apps are served in the lodge where you can grab a plate and sit on the porch, enjoy a beer or glass of wine and relax before dinner. Dinners are either in the dining room or an outside buffet where you are free to eat at any of the tables, on the porch or inside. The menu is incredibly diverse and very creative. The dishes, whether served to you or on the buffet are all beautifully presented. The food is fresh and many items are local. The chef is clearly passionate about what he does. The dinners served inside also include kid menu options. Since we went on a family trip to be with the kids, we didn’t sign them up for the kids’ dinner or meal time activities although it’s an excellent option if you want to have a dinner yourselves or are traveling with younger children. We went with our two boys, ages nine & 11 and they managed to meet kids their age and spontaneously do something before or after dinner each evening – lawn games, board games, ping pong, paddle boating, or fishing in the pond. (Keep in mind kids use the poles and they can be broken. Tell the staff and they’ll get them fixed up). There are bikes to rent as well but we couldn’t find one quite small enough for our youngest (who’s small in stature) but after he fell down, we didn’t ask so it’s very possible they had smaller bikes that we just didn’t see. The seats do adjust. There are also a number of hiking trails around the ranch. The front porch always has water, ice tea and freshly squeezed lemonade.
There’s a lower ranch, just down the road where the laundry room plus a bathroom & changing room is located. That’s also where you’ll find the hot spring pool and the horse corral.
There are a lot of different horseback riding trips to choose from. We went with the 1½-hour ride that’s included with a four- night stay. This has to be the first place I’ve been where even the horses seem...happy. They’re obviously so well cared for it made the trip a delight (ever go to a place where you feel sorry for the horses?? Not here). In the evenings they’re let out to pasture and it’s a beautiful site. Our trail leaders were kind and professional and, once again, as we rode up the hills and through the creek, there was nobody else around. We were told that if we head back in the evening to the wildlife viewing area we may even catch an elk or two coming down from the mountain side (we did).
The hot spring pool is even nicer in person than in the pictures. I had the idea in my head that the deck around the pool somehow made it less ‘authentic’. So not the case. The views are outstanding and the deck is perfect. The chairs are comfortable and they even provide towels for you to use and inner tubes to float in. (Note the pool is drained, cleaned and refilled on Tuesdays. That means that the water is likely a little too hot until Wednesday or Thursday so plan accordingly). We went on Thursday afternoon and it was the best swim I think I’ve ever had. The kids loved it and there was barely a hint of sulfur smell (almost non-detectable) which appealed to me. There’s a cold shower too in the corner that picks you right up again before you leave. Pure solitude as, once again, we were the only people around.
We originally chose IRMR because of its unique qualities and because there are no TVs and no cell service. There’s a main phone at the lodge should you need it. You are entirely unplugged and it’s the best feeling in the world. The Ranch has a quiet time of 10:30pm and also requests that you don’t use your cell phone (if you can even get service) in your room. It’s wonderful. Not a ringing phone to be heard. One morning we saw people who, sadly, had to work from the lodge with their laptops (Wi-Fi seemed to be available). It is admittedly unnerving to see a computer in the midst of the mountain-view grandeur. I guess we’re just lucky it wasn’t us who had to be in front of them. We were at the Ranch for four nights and this is one place I truly did not want to leave. I could have used one more day to just hang out and do absolutely nothing.

Room Tip: Cabins 12 & 14 have amazing porch views
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mt. lakes, new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A bit hard to get to but totally worth it. The setting is gorgeous and pristine, the ranch exquisitely in tune with the environment, rustic cabins with huge stone fireplaces and exactly the right amount of luxury, an excellent staff led by the amazing Sandra, surprisingly sophisticated and wonderful food, superb hiking- the list of great things is endless.

Best of all, for my husband and me, it was the perfect place to really be with our children and grandchildren. The memory of hiking together, sitting on the spectacular front porch every evening, with the snow covered Sawtooths as a backdrop, watching kids throwing frisbees and horseshoes on the expansive from lawn, eating at the large family table reserved for us every day, luxuriating in the hot spring pool- IRMR surpassed our expectations in every way.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NYC
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We recently spent 6 nights at the Idaho Rocky Mountain ranch, and absolutely loved it. It is hard to know where to start, but I will try to hit the highlights.

1. Location and position – The ranch is nestled into a hillside above a valley 15 minutes south of the town of Stanley. It is 3 hours from Boise, and 1.5 hours to Sun Valley. The ranch has panoramic views across the valley to the magnificent Sawtooth Mountains. The huge, covered front porch of the main lodge (which houses some guest rooms, a dining room and communal areas) is memorable. It has a ton of seating and takes full advantage of the views across the valley to the mountains. We spent hours there before and after dinner reading, enjoying a drink, and meeting other guests. In front of the porch there is a large, level grass area where our kids played baseball and Frisbee, and used the Ranch’s horseshoe pits.
2. The Staff – Ranch manager Sandra is nothing short of dynamo. By the end of our first night at the ranch she knew ALL of the names of the 10 people in our group, and was connecting similarly with the 40 or 50 guests of the ranch. She was a font of information and positive energy – with everything from weather forecasts to the best hikes for our group to the best places for a local picnic – and it was impossible not to smile when she was around. Sandra, Erica and the rest of the crew at the front desk were helpful in setting up pretty much anything that we wanted to do during our stay. (Guided hikes, rock climbing, trail rides, etc.) The dining room wait staff was similarly terrific. Our stay coincided with the opening week for the ranch, but the service in the dining room was seamless, warm, professional, friendly, perfect.
3. Food – we live in Manhattan and are used to great food, but the meals at the ranch measured up in every way. Meals featured local and organic ingredients. The breakfast menu offered 4 hot options every day and fruit, cereal, etc. as well. For packed lunch, numerous sandwich and salad options. Dinners were excellent and varied, with “fine dining” nights interlaced with BBQ night, Dutch Oven Night, etc. There was always a red meat option, a fish or chicken option and a vegetarian option. Had halibut with a thai curry sauce one night and a Montana grass-fed steak the next that was amazing. Morel mushrooms were in abundance. Serious cooking going on in that kitchen
4. The Rooms – We stayed in one of the cabins. The cabin is split in two, and on each side there is a fireplace, a dresser, and a large dressing/bathroom area. The bathrooms are modern, with excellent showers. The rooms were separated by locking doors. It was a great setup for my family, with a king bed on our side, and twin beds for the kids.
5. Things to do – The ranch is a short drive from a number of memorable hikes into the Sawtooth Mountains, and there are many guide books in the Lodge with information about where to go. Sandra and Erica also gave us great tips for hikes suited to our group. One of the highlights for us was a hike with local guide and ranch manager Bill Leavell. Bill took us places we would never have found on our own, and it was a real treat. There are also some diverse and fun hikes right on the ranch property. The ranch has excellent new mountain bikes for the use of the guests, and there are both long and short rides around the property. There is also an incredible hot spring-fed pool on the ranch property, which got a ton of use during a few cold days at the start of our visit.
OK, time to wrap this up, I’ve gone overboard as it is. IRMR is a special place in a special place. The Sawtooths around Stanley are incredible for any outdoors enthusiast, and the Idaho Rocky Mountain ranch is the perfect place to call home while you are there.

Room Tip: Weather can be cold in the early season, be prepared!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sun Valley, Idaho
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Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

IRMR is a one of a kind place located near Stanley, Idaho. This is to say that it is nowhere near a population center. The views of the Sawtooth Mountain Range cannot be equaled. One feels close to nature. The porch is amazing: rocking chairs, quiet, etc.. This place is pretty much totally off the grid and that should be taken advantage of. Lots of opportunity for fly fishing, horseback riding, rafting and enough hiking for a month, everyday. The food is fantastic. The Lodge is Western comfy. The staff is super friendly. Leave your ipad and cell phone at home or in the car and take advantage of the beautiful outdoors.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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349 helpful votes 349 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Nestled into the mountains on expansive grounds, this place is worth a week at least.

You can ride horses or mountain bikes.

Make sure you go into the mineral pool...heaven!

My cabin was down from the main building where you get coffee at all times and breakfast, which is extra.

The staff are very welcoming and it feels like you are visiting family.

The bathroom was lovely with a great shower. The towels and toiletries were excellent.

The bed was excellent, however, the pillows were too high for me.

There is a fireplace and WIFI - the signal wasn't strong away from the main building, but I caught it.

There is no TV or iPod dock, so you should unplug, if you can.

It's a gorgeous property and I highly recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charleston, South Carolina
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband and I just returned home after an amazing week at the IRMR (Aug. 24 - Aug. 30th), and neither of us were ready to leave! IRMR is an amazing experience and we can't wait to start planning our next trip. Our stay was so amazing thanks to the comfort, beauty, a great staff and fun activities @ IRMR.
Sandra and Erica were extremely helpful with her knowledge of nearby trails and the best spots to see wildlife.

The meals are all included in your stay and AMAZING! The dinner options feel as though you are at a 5 star restaurant. The chef is fabulous. Jeremy was our waiter several of the days we were there and we really enjoyed him. He was very professional and very personable.

Lots of fun things to do nearby - horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking, and fly fishing just to name a few. However my favorite part was the gorgeous scenery, and IRMR has an incredible view! I really enjoyed that they have a laundry facility onsite at the lower ranch, after white water rafting and horseback riding we were grateful to be able to wash our wet clothes!

Honestly I can't think of a single thing that we did not enjoy about our trip. I would recommend IRMR to anyone who is interested in truly discovering an amazing part of the country while enjoying a comfortable stay/experience.

Room Tip: We stayed in Cabin 10, we felt that cabins offer more privacy than rooms in the lodge. :)
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: HC64, Box 9934, Stanley, ID 83278
Location: United States > Idaho > Stanley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Stanley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The living history of the Old West mingles with the solitude and peace of this 1000-acre ranch, offering freedom, breathtaking natural beauty, and a relaxed atmosphere. Surrounded by the largest protected wilderness area in the "lower 48", guests will enjoy full days of outdoor adventures, our authentic lodge and cabins, delicious meals, rejuvenating natural hot springs pool, and plenty of relaxation time. The atmosphere is friendly and casual, and the view from the front porch –well, you just have to experience that for yourself.This 50-person guest ranch is an ideal homebase to enjoy one of America’s most majestic natural treasures, --- The Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The Sawtooth Mountains are an outdoor enthusiast’s wonderland, with miles of hiking and biking trails, scenic western horseback riding, and countless opportunities for fishing, rafting and exploring the pristine Salmon River.The Ranch property originally was part of Stanley Basin pioneer Dave Williams’ homestead. It was acquired in 1929 by New York Frigidaire executive Winston Paul, who began building the Idaho Rocky Mountain Club. A crew of 60 men, among them a blacksmith and stonemason, camped on the Ranch property in the fall of 1929 until they were forced to leave by severe winter weather. Construction began with the snaking of logs up Williams and Gold Creek to the Big Meadow chosen as the Lodge site. The crews returned the following spring to complete construction, and the Idaho Rocky Mountain Club opened that summer as an invitation-only guest facility.A hydroelectric plant, whose log structure housing still stands at the willowed bend in the pond, generated power for the IRMC providing the first electricity in the Sawtooth Valley. Several of the original power gauges can also still be found around the Ranch. ... more   less 
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