How to Spend the Ultimate Stanley, Idaho, Winter Escape

Winter is a magical time in the Gem State. The mountains provide a stunning backdrop to your trip, with snow-capped peaks, rolling valleys full of pine and spruce trees, and plenty of fun activities for you and your family. If you’re ready to start planning your trip to Stanley, Idaho, in winter, then you need to consult our guide on the best places to stay and things to do! Whether you want to drive a snowmobile or soak in a local hot spring, there’s something new and exciting around every corner here!

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Places to Stay During Winter in Stanley, Idaho 

Triangle C Cabins 

Triangle C Cabins provides guests with an authentic mountain retreat in the heart of Stanley. 10 stand-alone cabins offer rustic furnishings with modern amenities so you can make the most of your winter getaway!

Stanley High Country Inn

This member of the Redfish family combines rustic Idaho with a touch of elegance. This quiet paradise sits in the town of Stanley and offers spacious rooms and commons area in a fantastic location. The Stanley High Country Inn also features a winter brunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from January 4th through April 5th. Our trout benedict, Idaho hash, and farro wheat winter salad are just a few of the delicious masterpieces that await you here!

Redfish Riverside Inn

Wake up to the calming sounds of the Salmon River at the Redfish Riverside Inn. This beautiful property provides some of the best views in Stanley along with a collection of cozy rooms that make for a fantastic winter stay. 

The Best Winter Activities in Stanley

Zip Around on a Snowmobile

Snowmobiling is one of the most exciting ways to explore Stanley, Idaho, in winter! The Stanley Bason Snowmobile Trail System is home to 185 miles of groomed trails that stay open from November through April. You can also find several quality snowmobile rental companies in our area. Typically, rentals offerings range between an hour to a day. Here are some great local places to rent!

Try Your Luck at Backcountry Skiing

If you want to explore the area around Stanley, Idaho, in the winter, backcountry skiing is the way to do it. Unlike most mountainous regions, the Sawtooths do not offer downhill skiing because of the rough terrain. However, backcountry skiing provides a unique opportunity to take in the great outdoors while still getting an adrenaline rush. Park Creek Ski Trails and Alturas Lake Ski Area are perfect for all experience levels!

Stay Toasty in a Hot Spring

One of the most unique things to do during winter in Stanley, Idaho, is soaking in a local hot spring. There is a collection of these geothermal pools in the area, including Boat Box Hot Springs, which is less than a 10-minute drive from Stanley. Visit at least one of these during your time in Central Idaho. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the great outdoors while keeping warm!

Snowshoe Through the Sawtooths 

Snowshoeing is a great casual way to see Stanley, Idaho, in winter. All you need to do is find a rental, strap them on, and hit the trails! You’ll discover many trails in the area with varying difficulties. Smiley Creek Lodge is a great place to rent from during your trip.

Plan the Ultimate Sawtooth Wilderness RetreatStanley High Country Inn

The Redfish Lake Lodge is not open during the winter months, but we have several other lodging options available! Triangle C Cabins, Redfish Riverside Inn, and Stanley High Country Inn all offer incredible experiences with a variety of amenities, specials, and activities!

Book your trip now, and get ready for a winter vacation that you’ll never forget! We look forward to welcoming you to the Redfish family.