There are many reasons people choose a Wilderness river vacation; time with family, adventure, fishing, hiking, relaxing and solitude to name a few. One big reason I enjoy time on the Middle Fork is for its remoteness and lack of people, a great place to unplug and reconnect to what really matters in life.
Due in part to the remoteness of the Middle Fork itself, the logistical side of a trip can be somewhat overwhelming, especially for folks not familiar with Idaho. While I have yet to encounter someone who has backed out of a trip on the Middle Fork solely on the logistical issues associated with a trip, almost everyone I talk with has questions and concerns.
When families fly from out of the area for the trip, Boise, ID will be the final destination for commercial air service. Those parts of the travel arrangements are easy. But getting to Boise is only half of the travel portion of the trip as most Middle Fork trips begin in the small mountain town of Stanley, ID, a 50 minute air taxi ride or a 2.5 hour vehicle ride. Idaho River Adventures chooses to end our trips in another small mountain town, Salmon City, ID, a town even further from the airport in Boise. Unlike many outfitters, we choose to end our trips in Salmon City as opposed to Stanley so you, as our guests, have the chance for a full last day of the trip while those outfitters ending back in Stanley will need to take out on the last day well before noon.
Having had the good fortune to show groups the wonders of the Middle Fork for almost 20 years, I have heard all of the travel logistics issues that come along with this once in a lifetime trip which is why we offer round-trip ground transportation from Boise to Stanley and back from Salmon as part of your trip fare.
In comparing prices among outfitters you will realize this cost does not make my prices higher as it is important enough for me every aspect of your trip, form the moment you leave your house, is as worry and anxiety free as possible.