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There is a green hole in the middle of Idaho. A spot 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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Sep 23, 2013 by Eric Rowan

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."


Jul 19, 2013 by Chuck Wright, TX

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.


Jul 10, 2013 by Todd and Judy Logan, CA

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.


Sep 23, 2012 by Maurice Robinson

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!


Sep 01, 2012 by Ben and Jeanne Downs

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!


Jul 23, 2012 by Peggy Wojcik

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!

All needs were taken care of

Sep 07, 2011 by R. Gruber, NYC

I had great help from everyone, and when there was a slight change in plans, I felt totally taken care of! The tent was the biggest I've ever slept in - bigger than my bedroom in NYC (not kidding). Our guides Molly and Russ were absolutely fabulous; fun, professional, and set a joyful tone for the trip. The food was abundant and delicious, thanks for accommodating my vegetarian needs. Our Salmon River trip was tremendous fun - the perfect balance of relaxation and excitement. All of our needs were totally anticipated and taken care of and I don't think I've smiled this much in years.

Excellent Service

Aug 03, 2011 by E. and R. Merman, Washington

Excellent service!! Everyone was helpful and efficient. Russ and Mollie were both excellent guides: friendly, flexible, knowledgeable. They worked really well as a team. With such a small group, they were "on call" all of the time and had very little down time, but always remained in good humor. Stops along the way were interesting and provided nice breaks. Food was excellent, attractively presented and healthful. More than we needed!! The Flight from Grangeville to Salmon was spectacular and fit our needs perfectly. Van transport to put-in and from take-out back to Grangeville worked out fine. The driver, Chuck, was skilled, careful and most personable. Great trip. The young folks in our group especially loved the inflatable kayaks!


Aug 10, 2010 by B. and D. Gomberg, UT

Steve and Derrick added interesting dimensions. Derrick's interest in birds and Steve's off-beat style were both warmly appreciated. The hikes were a bit disappointing. The walk along the river took us through several unavoidable poison ivy patches, and the walk up the side canyon was so overgrown (with raspberries) it was a little treacherous.


Aug 09, 2010 by D. and J. Dickey, UT

Golf was an inspiration. Better cookies at lunch would be nice. The flight to Salmon had some impressive views! It was perfect - weather, water, bald eagles, deer, black bear, big horn sheep, birds, equipment, food and company.

Bike Raft , USA 4.7 5.0 10 10 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 tim