WHY CHOOSE ADVENTURE SUN VALLEY

At Adventure Sun Valley, we provide you with exceptional adventure that is unmatched in luxury service, safety and value. Our prices are competitive and we promise you will have an absolute blast! Rugged adventure and pampered comfort means you will have the trip of a lifetime. We handle everything, from providing high quality gear to setting up camp each day, preparing gourmet meals and leading a wide variety of activities both on and off the river. For two decades, our team of passionate professionals, directed by Brad and Melody Frei, have provided our guests unforgettable experiences.

Our team of hand-selected licensed professionals have been working together for over a decade and we provide them with everything they need to take excellent care of you and ensure your trip is fun and safe and creates memories you’ll cherish forever. They are there for you, no matter what you need, with caring, concierge service in the heart of the United States’ most rugged, pristine wilderness. Some call it “glamping,” but we say we provide “Pampered Camping™” to describe our commitment to catering to you and ensuring your comfort. We always go the extra mile, when you book with us, from the moment we pick you up in Boise in our Free Airport Shuttle for the ride to Stanley Idaho, while you’re on the Middle Fork enjoying your adventure, to the moment we return you to Boise. It’s our goal to ensure that you don’t have to lift a finger, and your experience exceeds your expectations in every way!

  

Whether you want to relax and enjoy the scenery, solitude and amazing food, or you want to hike, swim, hunt or fish, our guides have you covered. And no matter what you choose, we’ll have your hot shower, tent, cot and sleeping bag ready when it’s time to turn in for a nap or the night.

Learn More About The Middle Fork of the Salmon River

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is regarded by many as the greatest wilderness whitewater river in the World, and it is easy to understand why. With more than 100 miles of free-flowing, crystal clear water, it lies in the heart of the largest federally protected wilderness area in the continental United States, the famous Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness in Central Idaho.The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is the flagship of our nation’s protected Wild and Scenic Rivers and was one of the original rivers designated in 1968! The U.S. Forest Service carefully protects this treasure, issuing a limited number of permits to experience this amazing place.

The Middle Fork is formed by the confluence of Marsh Creek and Bear Valley Creek at the southern end of the wilderness near Stanley, Idaho. It progresses from over 6,000 feet in elevation to the north, picking up speed as it drops 3,000 vertical feet and tripling in volume as more tributaries add to its flow. The Middle Fork’s whitewater is world renowned, with more than 300 raftable rapids, most that are class III and IV. That means you experience an amazing ride and rush of adrenaline worthy of the most adventurous thrill seekers, no matter your age or ability, while you’re completely safe under the watch of our experienced, trained, professional guides. We give you the perfect blend of excitement and comfort.

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MEET THE ASV GUIDES AND STAFF

BRAD FREI

OWNER

I am Brad Frei, the owner and host at Adventure Sun Valley. I was raised on a family farm in the shadows of the Frank Church Wilderness and became an avid outdoorsman at an early age...

MELODY FREI

OWNER

I am Melody Frei, Brad’s partner in this wonderful business and the mother of our four great kids. While you might not see me on the river...

LUKE MANIFOLD

LEAD GUIDE

I am Luke Manifold the Lead Guide with Adventure Sun Valley and this year marks a decade on the Middle Fork for me. I am looking forward to the many adventures we will...

ELI KRETZMANN

GUIDE

I am Eli Kretzmann, a world adventurer and guide at Adventure Sun Valley for over 10 years and I can’t think of a better place to have spent all that time...

DERON LISH

GUIDE

I am Deron Lish and I will be your sweep boat driver this summer, making sure all of your personal gear gets down the river safely and that your tent is ready...

JOHN MORTIMER

GUIDE

I am John Mortimer and I have been guiding rafting trips from North Carolina to Costa Rica for the past 20 years. In all those travels, I find the Middle Fork...

CODY FREI

GUIDE

I am Cody Frei and I grew up in the modest town of Grangeville, Idaho and I've been guiding on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River for the past five years, along...

ZACH FREI

GUIDE

I am Zach Frei, twin brother to Cody Frei and a guide at Adventure Sun Valley. Growing up in Idaho I have always been very spoiled by its opportunity...

ELLIOT NELSON

GUIDE

I am Elliot Nelson and while I am from Texas, I have spent my summers on the Salmon River since I was 10 years old. Each season I look forward showing...

DAWSON PALM

SWAMPER

I am Dawson Palm, a Junior Guide in training or as we are called on the Middle Fork a “swamper”. My job is to assist with all the tasks that provide our guest's...

ALAN FREDERICK

TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR

I am Alan Frederick and I manage the transportation details at Adventure Sun Valley. As you can imagine this involves a lot of equipment, but my primary responsibility...

Getting to your

ASV AIRPORT Shuttle

No other outfitters offer free shuttle service for guests between Boise Airport and Stanley, Idaho. As an extension of our exclusive ‘Pampered Camping’ amenities, enjoy complimentary shuttle service in our air-conditioned motor coach to and from the Boise Airport. We meet you at 3:30 p.m. the day before launch. The day after your trip ends, we return you to the Boise Airport at 11:30 a.m. Plan your flights out of Boise after the airport arrival time. Contact us with any questions, concerns, or special travel details you may need.

By Car

The closest town to our launch site is Stanley, Idaho, located on Highway 75, off of Interstate 84, 140 miles north of Twin Falls. The drive in from any direction is extremely scenic.

By Air and Rental car

Many guests fly into Boise or Sun Valley, rent a car for the week (starting around $240), and drive to and from Stanley.

By Air TAXI

After a commercial flight to Boise or Sun Valley, you can fly by air taxi into Stanley and out of Salmon (near our beginning and ending points). Ticket are around $360/person and must be booked well in advance. This saves you about 8 total hours on the road, the cost of renting a car, and perhaps even a night’s lodging at the end of your trip.

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