Sawtooth National Forest


The 2.1 million acres of land managed by Sawtooth National Forest are spread throughout south-central Idaho. One section is located in the north, four are south of the Snake River, and the remaining are situated east and west of Bellevue. Gray wolves, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons are seasonal inhabitants. Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, canoeing, boating, bird-watching, alpine and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice skating are among the many recreational activities available. The forest is administered by the Sawtooth National Forest. Their ranger districts include: the Minidoka ranger district, Ketchum Ranger District, Fairfield Ranger District, and the Sawooth National Recreation Area. The largest of the four areas, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, is a northern segment of the national forest spread out over 756,000 acres. It has 967 miles of stream, over 1,000 lakes, and 50 major peaks over 10,000 feet. Soldier Mountain, a ski area in the Fairfield Ranger District with a vertical rise totaling 1,410 feet, provides skiers an opportunity to venture into virgin backcountry by helicopter or snow cat, where powder skiing is at its very best and skiers can float down the mountain upon layered mounds of untouched powder. At the Ketchum Ranger District, in the northwestern portion of the forest, find multi-use trails throughout, along with the well-known Sun Valley Company, which resides on Bald Mountain. Started in 1936 by Averell Harriman, Sun Valley is known as the first ski area on national forest land, as well as the manufacturing site for the first chairlifts in the world. Gold was discovered at Tolman Mine in the Burley Ranger District during the 1930s. Nearly 100,000 tons of microscopic, gold-bearing ore has been extracted since. Large herds of locally owned cattle and sheep find their grazing grounds in the fields within the Minidoka Ranger District. Also south of Twin Falls, the Magic Mountain Ski Resort has 14 tree-lined runs. Pets: Leashed pets are permitted. Reservations: To make reservations at a National Forest campground, call 877-444-6777. A nonrefundable fee is charged for each reservation made.


2647 Kimberly Rd E
Sawtooth National Forest HQ Office
Twin Falls, ID 83301


43.90682900, -114.79576700
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(208) 737-3200

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