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There is a green hole in the middle of Idaho. A spot that is refreshingly empty on your highway map. A place where pavement never was…and wild rivers still are…raw country, 20,000 square miles of it, and right through the middle runs the Salmon River- The River of No Return.

Cutting the second deepest canyon in North America, the Salmon River is a clear mountain river with pine forests and white sandy beaches. The canyon abounds in deserted homesteads and, of special interest to river travelers, natural hot springs: aah…feels good. One crowd appreciates this road-less country even more than us. Deer, bighorn sheep, moose, birds of prey, elk and the frolicking river otter call this refuge home.

Translucent emerald water, responding to the drop and irregularities of the river bottom, form over forty rapids. That means you have first class whitewater on each day of the trip. Around July the hands-on types can request inflatable kayaks and meet the Salmon River whitewater on their own terms.

In a state that’s second only to Alaska in designated wilderness areas, getting from point “A” to point “B” can take some doing. That’s why one of the transportation options is a scenic charter flight from Boise to Salmon, Idaho – gateway to our river put-in. Ninety-two life-changing river miles later we will return you to civilization in Boise.


  • 20,000 square miles of wild country
  • Clear mountain river with pine forests and white beaches
  • Deer, bighorn sheep, moose, eagles, elk, bear
  • First class white water every day

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by Richard on Blank Business Name

What a crew, what an operation, what a river. This experience exceeded my expectations… I assumed it would and I was not disappointed. We will keep our fingers crossed that something wonderful might happen or perhaps Time will standstill for a moment or two and we will get to paddle with you guys once again.Please give them all a high-five and a hug for me, especially Peg leg Pete and Misty. I wish you all a Great and safe rest of the summer and you will be hearing from us again I promise.Richard S.

by Bethany Irvine on Blank Business Name

Our week on the Main Salmon River was the best! Visiting Campbell's Ferry taught me more about the colorful history of the area. We learned about forest fires, how to spot common merganzer ducks, big horn sheep, mule deer and golden eagles. We ate a delicious ricotta and pesto appetizer that I can't wait to copy!

by Bernadine Bank on Blank Business Name

It was a really great trip. The guides were incredibly accommodating. The weather was perfect and the scenery was gorgeous.

by Michael Brush on Blank Business Name

An awesome 5 days for our 3 generations - age 9 to 67. Beautiful scenery and great guides, Derek, Molly and Molly, made for an unforgettable trip. We're looking forward to another adventure with Holiday in the future.

by Eric Rowan on Blank Business Name

Fabulous!!! "The trip was amazing, and the guides were wonderful. Luxury in the midst of wilderness. What could be better? We could not have asked for a better crew or a better time."

by Chuck Wright, TX on Blank Business Name

We received mis-information as to pre-trip meeting, when we were to get our river bags, and what to do with our travel/street clothes. We were told via brochure that we would be meeting in Boise to get our river bags, and could leave our street clothes there. This turned out not to be the case, and we had to carry all our possessions on the McCall flight to Salmon, and have them brought to the takeout at Riggins, resulting in confusion and slight difficulty. Had a great trip. The weather was great, river was perfect, guides performed flawlessly, and the scenery was awesome. Some were not too enthusiastic about the "puddle-jumper" flight from Boise to Salmon, I found it enjoyable, scenic, and informative. The overnight in Salmon was enough to make me want to come back for a longer visit. Overall, this was a great trip, although a bit expensive due to the travel requirements.

by Todd and Judy Logan, CA on Blank Business Name

The guides were incredible knowledgeable, trustworthy, and determined to share their love of the river with all of us. We had an unforgettable, fun, family vacation.

by Maurice Robinson on Blank Business Name

Karen (Holiday), and Angie (Springhill Suites) were very efficient. McCall Air was less so... Very handy to have the daily itineraries and river gear checklist. Our guides Russ and Derek were fantastic--really made the trip delightful! Yes. We had a fabulous time! The guides were exceptionally competent and friendly, going out of their way to make sure we had everything we could want. The food was better than any other outfitter we've ever had. Frogg was a hoot! The small aircraft flights to put-in and take-out made us feel like Rock Stars! We would recommend the Salmon River trip with Holiday to everyone!

by Ben and Jeanne Downs on Blank Business Name

We called several times with questions as to what to bring, etc. and found the Holiday representative who answered the phone to be friendly and very helpful. Our guides, Russ Sly and Derek Farr, were amazing. They kept it fun, safe and made it a memorable trip for us. We had to start 17 miles upstream from the normal put in point because of a forest fire, but that didn't deter them. They took the changes in stride...even when we had to move our first campsite after it was all set up. The food was absolutely delicious and plentiful and the transportation to and from the river was great. Frog, who drove us both ways, was very entertaining. We enjoyed all the activities although we didn't hike much...probably because we were too busy doing other things. We were sorry that we couldn't swim in the hot springs as we had been looking forward to that but apparently they were too hot. An absolutely wonderful family vacation!

by Peggy Wojcik on Blank Business Name

I had the grand experience to brave the main Salmon River on July 8th thru the 12th. The food was better than any 5 star restaurant,the guides, Molly Z., Russ and Dave were very experienced, professional, and friendly. I had some scary incidents happpen to me on other trips,but Molly had reinstated my excitement for the white water world. I had the best time!
Thanks for the great ride!

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