planning YOUR TRIP
WHERE IS THE MIDDLE FORK?
Your River Trip Begins Near – Stanley, Idaho
Your River Trip Ends Near – Salmon, Idaho
Nearest Major Airport – Boise International (BOI)
Alternate Airport – Sun Valley (SUN)
getting to your
ASV AIRPORT SHUTTLE
No other outfitter offers free shuttle service for guests between the 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 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 by 11:30 a.m. Plan your flights to depart Boise at noon or later.
Contact us with any questions, concerns, or special travel details you may need.
Both the Sun Valley and Salmon Airports easily accommodate private planes. Guest may land in Sun Valley and use a private car service to transport them the
1-hour drive to Stanley. The day you get off the river, we will take you to the Salmon Airport by 2:00 p.m. where you can meet your pilot at the FBO.
Note: Stanley has an airstrip; however, guests should check with their flight operator since this is a more rugged strip and cannot accommodate all planes.
GEM AIR’s SCHEDULED FLIGHTS
Guest preferring to return to Boise on the same day the river trip ends may book a flight on Gem Air’s daily shuttle from Salmon-to-Boise departing at 4:00 p.m. We will take you to the Salmon Airport by 2:00 p.m. and you may either book a commercial flight departing Boise at 6:15 p.m. or later; or you may stay in overnight in Boise and take a morning flight the next day.
Gem Air also offers daily service from Boise-to-Stanley for guests interested in flying to our launch site before their river trip begins.
Note: Gem Air flights should be booked well in advance, this saves you a total of 8 hours driving time and an overnight stay in Stanley the night your river trip ends.
Gem Air offers charter services throughout the region for anyone wishing to fly from-or-to locations other than Boise (e.g., Sun Valley, Jackson, Montana). If flying to Stanley before the river trip, the Mountain Village Lodge will provide transportation from the airstrip to the hotel. If flying from Salmon after the river trip ends, we will take you to the Salmon Airport by 2:00 p.m.
Stanley, Idaho is located at the intersection of Highway 75 and Highway 21. Depending upon your direction, it is 140 miles north of Twin Falls, 135 miles northeast of Boise or 290 miles west of Jackson, Wyoming. The drive in from any direction is extremely scenic.
Guests flying to Idaho and renting a car my leave the vehicle in Stanley for the week for a nominal $15 fee. Guests who wish to have a vehicle shuttled to nearer the location where we take off the river (advisable if you are driving in an opposite direction after the trip, e.g., Yellowstone, Glacier) can do so for approximately $125 – $145 (depending upon your drop location).
Guests will need a hotel room in Stanley, Idaho for the night before your river trip launches, we recommend Mountain Village Lodge, it is the largest hotel in town and the location we depart from the morning of the river trip. If you are riding the Adventure Sun Valley shuttle back to the Boise Airport after the river trip ends, you will need a hotel room for that night as well.
Note: Stanley is a small town and rooms book up early, so it is important to act quickly. Other hotel options for both Stanley and Salmon are included in your booking materials.
VISIT MOUNTAIN VALLEY LODGE WEBSITE
Guests will be able to store their luggage and valuables in our locked facility in Stanley, Idaho before starting on your river trip. You will be reunited with your luggage after the river trip at your chosen departure point (e.g., Salmon Airport, in Stanley at the Mountain Village Lodge).
We will have an orientation meeting at 8:00 p.m. the night before your river trip begins to meet guests, hand out waterproof dry bags, answer all your questions and provide final details to prepare for the launching the next morning.
The meeting will be held on the back deck of River 1 Sporting Goods store in Stanley, you can find River 1 approximately 100 feet north of the only major intersection in town (Highway 75 & 21) and is walking distance from the Mountain Village Lodge. River 1 is also a great place to get any last-minute items.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Usually beginning in late July, but not always, our trips require a back-country flight into Indian Creek where we begin our trips. The cost of this flight is not included in the price of your trip and is currently $165 per person (prices are set each year by Gem Air & payable directly to Gem Air at the time of the trip). You will be notified in advance if your trip is launching from Indian Creek.