We stayed here in August 2007, for a couple of days...it was our anniverysay, but we were also being evacuated from our home in Ketchum because of the massive Castle Rock forest fire. We were happy to find an accommodation available, and even due to the stress we were under due to the fact our home might burn down, we had a wonderful time. Our cabin was cozy and comfortable, the food great, views wonderful, and the staff couldn't do enough for us. We especially enjoyed the front porch guitar entertainment during the cocktail hour. I definately find the review from jet(whatever) from los angeles amusing with so many complaints.....OMG chocolate mints from Costco! bad lightening (plastic surgery too evident perhaps?) and I don't believe for a minute they wouldn't let her friend use a phone because someone was in the hospital. Duh... you are in the wilderness...no cell phone. If you are looking for a wonderful relaxing mountain retreat, with unparalled views, then by all means go. If you are most comfortable with a fake experience, than perhaps Vegas is the place for you.
- 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