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7 Days Salmon River Pack Trip and Ranch Vacation in Idaho, USA

Silver Spur Ranch, 2385 Medicine Lodge Road, Dubois, Clark County, Idaho, USA

Idaho Pack Trip Vacation USA

Summer pack trips in Idaho are an experience not to be missed. To truly experience the Idaho backcountry you need to experience it on horseback. When you book a pack trip with us you will be riding in the Nez Perce National Forest, The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and the Gospel Hump Wilderness on the trails that gold miners and early settlers used to cross the country. This is a truly unique and wonderful experience riding from the top of the mountains to the canyons of the Salmon River.

Key information

  • Tack Type: Western


  • Mountain trail rides
  • Authentic Western horse drives
  • Professional guide during the holiday
  • Go on a hike, ATV ride, short trip to visit Red River Hot Springs
  • Explore the gold mining area of Dixie
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and snacks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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During the vacation, you will stay at Silver Spur Ranch for three nights and in beautiful campsites for three nights, including Warm Springs Campground and Weber Creek Campground. The Silver Spur Ranch is located next to the Targhee National Forest along the Great Continental Divide. At Silver Spur Ranch, there is a beautiful rustic lodge including a dining hall and living room for relaxing and socializing. Alongside the famous rustic lodge sits your cabin accommodations. They have true cowboy character yet are very clean and comfortable. The hot outdoor shower is a favorite of all guests, especially after a long hard day in the saddle. There is no Wi-Fi, phone signal, or anything else to that extent at the ranch, it's the greatest place on earth to disconnect from the world and truly enjoy the American West.

If you come by yourself, Silver Spur Ranch will most-likely pair you with somebody of your same gender to share your accommodations with. Each cabin and tent (while on the trail) will have individual twin beds. If you are completely uncomfortable sharing your accommodation, please let Silver Spur Ranch know beforehand and they will see what they can do.


The trip for 7 days 6 nights arrival is on Sunday and checkout is on Saturday.

Salmon River pack trip

Arrive at the lodge on Sunday and explore the gold mining area of Dixie. Monday is a day to go on a hike, ATV ride or short trip to visit Red River Hot Springs. On Tuesday, you head out on the trail spending three days and two nights out. Tuesday night is spent in a high mountain camp. Wednesday is spent riding the mountain trails down to and along the Salmon River. Wednesday night is spent at a remote wilderness lodge on the Salmon River, where you can take a refreshing dip in the river. Thursday is a ride back to the lodge. Friday is a day spent exploring around the lodge, ATV riding or a soak at Red River Hot Springs. Saturday is check out.


This holiday is located completely off-grid, nestled into the big mountains, in Idaho backcountry. Enjoy the riding through the mountain trails down to and along the Salmon River.


During the holiday, you will be served daily breakfast and dinner. Snacks will also be available. However, Silver Spur Ranch does not provide any alcoholic beverages at the ranch but before arriving at the ranch, you will stop at a store where you can purchase alcohol and bring it with you to the ranch. Silver Spur Ranch will have a cooler with ice where you can store it. If you are a vegetarian or have a food allergy, please just let Silver Spur Ranch know and they will make plans to accommodate you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Salmon river pack trip and horse riding activities
  • Professional guide
  • Full support
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, dinner, and snacks

How to get there

Driving direction from Boise

  • Take Interstate 86 west to the Hwy 55 exit go north on Hwy 55 toward McCall.
  • Follow Hwy 55 through McCall to New Meadows at New Meadows take Hwy 95 north toward Grangeville.
  • From Grangeville take Hwy13 through Grangeville to the Mt Idaho Road turn right there.
  • There is an ATV dealer and the Forest Service Headquarters on the corner.
  • Take Mt Idaho Road down to the South Fork of the Clearwater River it turns in to Hwy 14 at the river.
  • Follow Hwy 14 east toward Elk City, just before Elk City you will pass an old mill site.
  • Just after it around a left-hand turn bear right to Dixie and Red River Ranger Station.
  • At the Red River Ranger Station again bear right to Dixie (there is a sign there).
  • Drive-thru Dixie and Silver Spur Ranch is on the right (you will is the lodge' sign).
  • The drive from Boise is usually about six hours as there is time zone change in Riggins, you gain 1 hour.

Driving direction From Lewiston

  • Take Hwy 95 east to Grangeville
  • From Grangeville take Hwy 13 east to HWY 14 east toward Elk City, just before Elk City on the right is a sawmill, just past the mill bear right to Red River Ranger Station.
  • At the Red River Ranger Station again bear right to Dixie (there is a sign there).
  • Drive-thru Dixie and Silver Spur Ranch is located on the right where you will see the lodge and the sign.
  • The drive from Lewiston takes 3.5 hours.

Arrival by airplane

Arnold Aviation is a backcountry air charter that can fly you right to the lodge. Ray Arnold from Arnold Aviation can pick you up at the Boise Airport and fly you right to the lodge. It’s about a 1.5-hour flight. Silver Spur Ranch will meet you at the plane and pick up you and your gear with their truck. Kindly contact Silver Spur Ranch for more information and details regarding the flight reservation and the arrangement.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Tour information

This trip is from 4 to 8 riders in size. The tour also requires a minimum of 3 riders. If you are an individual or couple, they can add you to a group.

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