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Sawtooth National Forest

The Sawtooth National Forest is a very special place here in the heart of Idaho not only because of the vastness of this land, but because of the varied, and sometimes conflicting, interests and values that you the owners of this land hold near and dear.

On the Sawtooth Forest recreation opportunities are virtually unlimited. The variety of activities range from very primitive, undeveloped settings like the Sawtooth Wilderness to highly developed recreation sites such as Redfish Lake Complex.

The forest id divided into four recreational areas, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the Ketchum Ranger District, theFairfield Ranger District and the Minidoka Ranger District. On each of these districts, you can hike, bike, paddle, hunt, fish, bike, ski, motorsport and participate in so many other activities.

If you're looking for solitude and adventure, consider a visit to the Sawtooth Wilderness. Many visitors come for the outstanding scenery, trout fishing, mountain climbing, hunting, hiking and camping.


The Sawtooth Forest has archaeological and historical sites which reflect our heritage for the past 10,000 year. There are nearly 1,500 heritage sites recorded on this forest.

The Forest places great emphasis on teaching and interpreting the archaeology of this area to forest visitors and school children. Together we can preserve and share the heritage of this area for generations to come.

First-timer’s Adventure

Take a short hike

The Ross Falls Trail is a short new trail to Ross Falls in Rock Creek Canyon. The 1/3 mile trail climbs gently up into a grove of aspens, crosses Thompson Creek with a foot bridge, continues on through Aspen and a beautiful fern glade, by chokecherries and willows, into the falls, which at this time takes on a wet fern grotto with lots of falls colors. It's only a fifteen minute hike to the top, but can spend hours enjoying the view.

The trail is in the Cassia Division of the Minidoka Ranger District, near Burley, Idaho.




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Notes & Conditions:

Conditions in the mountainous region can change often and quickly. Before heading out check the current condiotions page or the recreation conditions page for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

Research campground locations and amenities at the U.S. National Forest Campground Directory. The Web site is full of pictures and detailed descriptions to help you plan your next trip.

If you want to experience a guided recreation trip in a National Forest, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and fishing trips.


Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.