Picture yourself cruising all day, thoroughly gassed but still blissed out by a beautiful road ride that truly took your measure. Before you can kick off your cycling shoes, you’re led to a freshly prepared, scrumptious dinner. Beyond that multicourse fare, lay a cascading natural hot spring.
Our Gem State Hot Springs/multi-sport tour showcases the magnificent Sawtooth mountain range, set across Idaho’s lower midsection. Five days of fast if transfixing rides, brilliant hot springs and wild rivers make up the deliverables cut and shaped by the strong-featured Sawtooths.
Like off-ramps to High Country paradise, besides the stopovers at a succession of remote natural hot springs, our routes take in a triad of colorful, if edge-of-the-world mining towns: Atlanta, Lowman, and Pine.
Mineral-suffused, the hot springs we drop into are clean, delightfully secluded, all at various depths if not degrees. Put another way: You might have a cozy two-seater with a sandy bottom all to yourself; or we’ll share warm, connected earthen pools fed by multiple waterfalls, beheld only by the impossibly broad and bright constellations overhead.
Day 1-2: Sweep through scenic Boise following the capital cities’ wide greenbelt. Our route to the Lucky Peak Reservoir passes beneath steep columns of basalt. Climb to our layover for the night, Idaho City. Idaho City sways between ghost town and eccentric, outliving settlement. The following day, climb at a decidedly gradual. Overnight here in steamy splendor, giving back to fast twitch muscles alongside Kirkham Hot Springs.
Day 3-4: Continue through thoroughly untamed Idaho high country, routing toward Red Fish Lake, alongside the town of Stanley. Sweeping up 30 miles to Banner Summit; Challenging? Absolutely. Rewarding? Unquestionably. Beyond Stanley, buckle up for one of one of the most stunning if not super rugged wilderness areas in the Intermountain West: The Sawtooth National Recreation Area – also known as the “American Alps”. Share our favorite high-mountain destination doe the night: magnificently shimmering Red Fish Lake, one of the largest in the Sawtooth range; a five-mile long remnant of an alpine glacier. The next day, climb toward Galena Summit, the highest paved road in the Northwest. Then brisk 30-miles downhill into Sun Valley, America’s original mountain playground.
Day 5: An enjoyable morning in Sun Valley, interpreting the historic sites, puts you on a scenic path from Sun Valley into next-door Hailey –“Idaho’s hometown” then finishing in the gloriously picturesque Silver Creek Preserve. Lunch here amidst the great splendor. Shuttle back to Boise.
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