A premier rafting trip that fits into a tight schedule, the Main Salmon River offers great whitewater, hiking, hot springs and of course big beautiful beaches. This adventure has the perfect combination of a wilderness escape the first day and exciting whitewater the second. While enjoying the solitude and beauty of this canyon we often see Big Horn Sheep, Elk, Deer, and Eagles. This is a great adventure for young families with our deluxe river camps and various activities that our guides will help you enjoy. We cater this trip for all types of groups and skill sets; whether you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway or just a fun adventure vacation with your friends and family this trip is perfect.
This adventure takes you through a spectacular section of the Salmon River Canyon, the 2nd deepest in North America. You will experience Granite rock walls, stately Pines and native wild flowers in this beautiful semi arid canyon land.
Hiking, hot spring and fishing; you might enjoy a short hike to historic sites or impressive views of this beautiful canyon. Many of our guests enjoy soaking in a hot spring dug out of a log or explore a cave with hot water flowing through. Our guides will help those interested in fishing putting you or your family on some great fighting small mouth bass or trout.
Your adventure begins as soon as you get in the van for a scenic ride to the launch site 30 miles from Riggins. An orientation at the river’s edge on safety will take place while your personal gear is loaded on the boats. Get ready for some fun with vinegar rapid just around the corner a tasty lunch stop on a sandy beach where you might take a hike up to a hot spring or pick wild blackberries and apricots. At about 4:30pm “river time” camp will be waiting after you have had several miles of river fun. Your tent will be ready and your sleeping pad inflated when you arrive. Splash with the kids, build a real sand castle, play a game or chat with the other adults as the kids are entertained by one of the guides. Enjoy Hors d’oeuvres about an hour before the main dinner course is served. A campfire after dinner and an astronomy lesson are the perfect bedtime rituals.
Our morning spread will be out at 6:00am that will include coffee, tea, coco and all your favorite fixins, breakfast is served around 7:30am. Pack up your personal gear while the guides make the kitchen disappear back into the boat. Enjoy a leisurely morning at camp, playing with the kids, going fishing or soaking up a book from our river library. At about 9:30am, the boats depart for a day of fun on the river. Learn about more historical sites, the geography of the river and watch your kids faces as they ride the rapids. Enjoy another gourmet lunch on a pristine white sand beach, play a game of frisbee or just relax. The afternoon whitewater is full of excitement with 7 class III to IV rapids in this last 10 miles. You will be brought back to the MRO store at around 5:00pm where you will have to say goodbye to your new friends and river guides.
Prepare to be Pampered After your journey down the River of No Return you will arrive at camp, our guides will provide sun shade and have dinning area ready and chairs available for riverside lounging, playing games or relaxing in the shade. Your tent will be set up, sleeping pad inflated. Our kitchen and dinning area will be serving your favorite hot or cold drinks – What a life!
With MRO you will only need to find yourself in Riggins at the Mountain River Outdoor Center the night before your launch date before 8:00 PM Mountain Time for a pre trip orientation. You will receive your complimentary MRO duffel and trip mug that you will keep as a souvenir at the end of your adventure. A personal dry bag and large camp bag with sleeping bag and pillow will be provided for you for the trip. There will be plenty of time to ask the guide any questions or purchase last minute items you may need for your trip at the Outdoor Center. The next morning you will be transported to the launch site where your rafts and guides will be waiting.
There are many travel options to consider in planning your Idaho rafting vacation. Simply give us a call and we’ll discuss your options and help arrange everything for you.
Multi-Sport Packages available with many of our other adventure activities and wilderness lodging. Choose from Jet Boat tours on the Salmon or Snake River, Fishing or Wilderness Escapes at the Ram House or China Bar Lodge. If you would like our staff to help with additional lodgings with us or local motels we will be glad to assist you.