Salmon River | Idaho
This wild and rugged river is filled with pristine wilderness beauty and lots of history.
The Salmon Rivers canyon walls reach up to 5,000 feet and display some of the oldest minerals visible on earth, dating back at least 1.4 million years. In 1805, Lewis and Clark crossed the Salmon River and went on to describe it as "foaming and roaring through rocks in every direction, so as to render the passage of anything impossible." Nearly 50 years later gold was discovered and a rush to strike it rich brought crowds by the thousands. Unfortunately, their dreams of riches were crushed by the rugged and unforgiving landscape.
One section of the Salmon River is known as "The River of No Return", it carves its way nearly 200 miles from Salmon to Riggins, Idaho. But don't let the name scare you. Back in the days of wagon trains and gold fever, large flat wooden boats were used to transport equipment from the top of the gorge to the bottom. The strong currents and unrelenting rapids made travel back up stream impossible. After reaching their final stop the large boats were dismantled and used for lumber. Hence the name "River of No Return". Today only 80 miles of the Salmon River is inaccessible by road.
Known as one of the last un-dammed mountain rivers in the United States with canyon walls deeper than the Grand Canyon this remote rugged wilderness offers a once in a lifetime experience. The warm desert days, exhilarating roller coaster rapids, long wave trains and deep green pools are ideal for rafting, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing or relaxing along the white sandy beaches. Don't forget to look up occasionally, Big Horn Sheep, Elk, Deer, Black Bears, Bald Eagles and much more wildlife roaming the canyon walls.