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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Hotel Stanley
- Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Stanley