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Fun & Adventure

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Your adventures are only limited by time and imagination.

Float the famous "River of No Return" - the Salmon River. Whether you enjoy quietly drifting along pristine waters or a rough and tumble white water rollercoaster ride, the Salmon River offers it all.

Bring your binoculars and hiking boots and venture into the surrounding mountains inhabited by deer, elk, coyotes, bear and our infamous wolves. Check off scores of western birds both common and rare including giant sandhill cranes, chukars, grouse and the ubiquitous magpie.

Fish the blue-ribbon streams for cutthroat, rainbow and brook trout. Or sample the emerald and turquoise high-mountain lakes with fly or spinner.

Ride up into the mountains on sure-footed ranch horses for exquisite views of meadows, canyons and peaks.

Rent a mountain bike for up close and personal views of the beautiful Lemhi Valley.

Visit the Lemhi County Historical Museum on Main Street in Salmon. At $2 per person and free to those under 16, it is quite a deal. The Museum is open 9 to 5, Monday through Saturday and offers an intimate glimpse into the region's past. The Marathon starts in Tendoy, Idaho, the birthplace of Sacajawea the Agaidika Shoshone woman, who with her infant child accompanied Lewis and Clark on their historic journey to the Pacific and back. The race course follows the Lewis and Clark trail into Salmon, where the Sacajawea Center offers an outdoor learning experience and a glimpse into cultures and history. Visit the Lemhi County Historical museum and discover the ranching and mining roots of the community that are still alive and well today.

Or, if you would prefer to relax with good friends, good food and a great beer, Salmon is home to a fine selection of restaurants and even a celebrated microbrewery.

The jewel of the valley is the Sacajawea Center. Whether you learn primitive skills such as candle making, hide tanning or flint knapping at the Outdoor School, listen to lectures from nationally-recognized Lewis and Clark historians or simply stroll the grounds along the Lemhi River enjoying the many interpretive stations, a trip to the Center will be a highlight of your visit to Salmon.

Time is not an issue if you like to hike. It doesn't matter if you have a couple of hours or a couple of weeks, the Salmon-Challis National Forest offers endless hiking opportunities for all levels of hikers. For the more adventuresome, the largest wilderness area in the continental United States is located right here. The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area has steep, rugged mountains, deep canyons, and wild, whitewater rivers. Yet a two-hour drive from downtown Salmon delivers you to its doorstep. We are working with the Forest Service to offer interpretive hikes to runners and their families.

For those of you interested in wildlife, just venture out the door of your lodging. Elk, deer, moose, mountain sheep, bear, coyotes, wolves. mountain lions and all of the smaller critters inhabit the hills and mountains surrounding Salmon. In fact, mule deer and sometimes bear, wander through the yards of Salmon residents. So grab your binoculars, pack a picnic and drive some of the excellent paved and dirt roads of the National Forest and surrounding areas.

If after the Marathon, you are interested in something more relaxing, try a soak in one of the hot springs in the area: Goldbug Hot Springs and Sharkey Hot Springs. Goldbug Hot Springs require a three mile hike one way but are certainly worth it. The trail head begins just past the town of Elk Bend, approximately 20 miles south of Salmon on Highway 93. If you don't want a hike but still want a soak, then Sharkey Hot Springs are for you. Located a few miles above the race start in Tendoy, these Bureau of Land Management-maintained hot springs are just off the road and even have changing rooms.  

So...Come for the race and stay for the fun.