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How to Make the Most of a Road Trip From Salt Lake City, UT to the Sawtooth Mountains

Sometimes the best vacations require some time in the car, and that rings true with Central Idaho. Our bounty of natural gems is here waiting for you to explore it! Keep reading to discover how to make the most of a road trip from Salt Lake City, UT, to the Sawtooth Mountains!

For more info about how to plan the ultimate Sawtooth getaway, be sure to request access to our complimentary Adventure Guide!.

Make the Most of Your Trip From Salt Lake City, UT to the Sawtooth Mountains

How to Travel


Driving from Salt Lake City, UT, to the Sawtooth Mountains is the most convenient way to travel between the two locations. The 354-mile trip North on the interstate is very straightforward and doesn’t require too much pre-trip planning. Here is a link to the route! You can fly from Salt Lake to Boise, but between transportation to and from the airport in addition to the drive from Boise to Stanley, driving is the better option.

Where to Stay

Triangle C Cabins

Our collection of 10 rustic cabins feature comfortable, modern furnishings that allow you to make the most of your authentic Sawtooth vacation. This central location in Stanley makes for a fantastic base camp for your many adventures.

Redfish Lake Lodge

If you want to be near the heart of the action on your trip from Salt Lake City, UT, to the Sawtooth Mountains, look no further than the Redfish Lake Lodge. Unique accommodations, a marina, restaurants, and lake activities make this a family favorite in the summer.

Redfish Riverside Inn

Wake up to the soothing sounds of the Salmon River right outside of the Redfish Riverside Inn. Breathtaking views and an excellent location provide a unique stay for couples and families seeking an exciting mountain getaway.

Stanley High Country Inn

The Stanley High Country Inn is an incredible choice if you want a taste of rustic elegance and solitude in the heart of town. 

What to Do

Hiking and Biking

Hiking through the Sawtooths is one of our favorite activities. There are tons of incredible hiking trails that boast breathtaking views and provide plenty of family fun near Redfish Lake! You’ll also find more than a handful of mountain biking trails nearby. 


If you’re in the mood for some pulse-pounding excitement, make sure you check out one of the whitewater rafting tour companies in Stanley. They offer day trips and week-long excursions on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Lake Activities

If you’re searching for ways to fill your itinerary on your trip from Salt Lake City, UT, to the Sawtooths, be sure to include lake activities. The Redfish Marina offers pontoon boat, kayak, canoe, and SUP rentals!

Enjoy Resort Amenities

As a guest of Triangle C Cabins, you receive complimentary access to all of the amenities that the Redfish Lake Lodge offers! We also have a complimentary Redfish Shuttle service to take you to and from your cabin.

Plan Your Trip to the Sawtooths

sunset over a Triangle C Cabins rental house

Start planning your trip to the Sawtooths by booking one of our accommodations. Our collection of cabins sits in the heart of Stanley, providing you with an excellent location. Don’t forget to add to your itinerary by checking out our list of Adventure Bundles!

So, what are you waiting for? Book your cabin today! We look forward to welcoming you to Triangle C Cabins.