7 of the Best Idaho Photography Locations

Central Idaho is full of stunning mountainscapes, rivers, lakes, and valleys. Whether you want to showcase your talents or simply capture beautiful moments of your trip, you’ll find plenty of Idaho photography opportunities in the Sawtooth Mountains. Keep reading to discover some of our favorite photo ops in the area!

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The Top 7 Spots for Photography in Idaho

Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake offers some of the best photography in Idaho. The expansive shoreline bordered by the Sawtooth Mountains provides a breathtaking backdrop to any photoshoot. 


Pioneer Park near the heart of Stanley is a fantastic vantage point if you want to take landscape shots from our valley. This is a great place for Idaho photography, especially if you like panoramic mountain pictures.

Dark Sky Reserve in Idaho

If you think Central Idaho is beautiful during the day, just wait until the sun goes down. The Idaho Dark Sky Preserve spans Stanley, Ketchum, and Sun Valley, and features some of the clearest night skies in the world. This is one of the most unique 

Stanley Lake

The banks of Stanley Lake provide more incredible photography opportunities in Central Idaho. You can also hike along the Stanley Lake Trailhead, where views of McGowan Peak and Bridal Veil Falls await you!

The Salmon River

While most people take advantage of the thrilling rafting adventures on the Salmon River, this winding body of water features some great spots for prime Idaho photography. Boat Box Hot Springs 

Galena Summit

You may not hear much about Galena Summit, but it’s well worth a visit, especially if you’re taking a day trip to Sun Valley. This spot features fantastic panoramic photography opportunities. 

Other Alpine Lakes and Hikes

If you’re searching for more beautiful bodies of water in the Sawtooth Mountains, you’re in luck, because there are more than a half-dozen places where you can take gorgeous photos near Redfish Lake. While several of these lakes are near parking areas, you’ll need to hike to more than a handful of them. Check out some of our favorites below!

Please Respect the Sawtooth Wilderness

Here at Redfish Lake Lodge, we love the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains. We ask that you help us keep this incredible place pristine and natural for visitors in the future. Check up on the rules of the Sawtooth Wilderness Area here.

Book Your Redfish Lake Lodge Adventurea cabin at Redfish Lake Lodge

Redfish Lake Lodge is your key to the ultimate Sawtooth adventure. Our lakeside property has an array of accommodations in addition to tons of fun activities, hiking trails, and family-friendly entertainment. We also offer a collection of specials that enhance your stay with us! 

Start planning your getaway to the Sawtooth Mountains today by reserving one of our accommodations. You can also check availability at three of our other properties in Stanley! We look forward to welcoming you to the Redfish family.