Wild & Scenic Salmon Raft Adventure

Trip Highlights: 
  • Camp in Sun Valley Idaho
  • 5-day raft trip Main Salmon River
  • Intro to inflatable kayaking
  • Summit day hike in central Idaho
  • Horseback riding in the Sawtooth's
  • Swim in rivers, lakes, streams
  • SUP, kayak and canoe
  • Soaking in natural hot springs
Trip Details: 

Dates:  July 29 - August 9, 2017
Ages:  12-14 (grades 6, 7 & 8)
Tuition:  $2905 (airfare not incl.)
Start: Boise, Idaho
End:  Boise, Idaho
Travel:  Travel Information
Packing:  Packing List
Status:  FULL

Trip Photo Gallery:

"Heather came back from the trip beaming with confidence! She seems to feel more comfortable in her teenage skin. She is constantly getting comments on how healthy and toned she came back. Your philosophy and small family-like group has given her a sense of self-worth and self-esteem that a large "camp" cannot touch. Thank you for having such a great program." ~ Ron (Maine)  Read More Testimonial Reviews

Trip Description

A Whitewater Rafting Girls Summer Adventure Camp in Idaho

An Idaho summer camp for outdoor girls who love splashing around in rivers and anything and everything that has to do with being in cool, clear, fresh water! In addition to the multi-day wilderness rafting trip girls will enjoy hiking, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, hot spring soaking and horseback riding.

This camp features a 5-day class III raft trip on the Main Salmon River in Idaho. The Salmon River is the longest free-flowing river within one state in the lower 48, the river canyon is the second deepest gorge in North America and the 80-mile wilderness river section that we’ll be rafting down features forested canyons, pictographs, large sandy camping beaches, historic Buckskin Bill's Museum and Jim Moore's cabin, a natural hot springs to soak in with your camp friends, and exciting rapids spread all throughout the trip such as Gunbarrel, Rainer, Little Stinker, Growler, Whiplash & Big Mallard.

Want more fun this summer? It's easy to add on the Yellowstone Horseback Adventure (I) and enjoy 25 days of adventure with Alpengirl!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arriving at Boise Airport your Alpenguides will greet you and introduce you to the rest of your group. Name games and icebreakers abound before we all hop into the van and drive to our first campsite nestled in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of central Idaho near Sun Valley.

Once we learn how to set up our tents, we’ll continue to get to know each other, then enjoy the first of many delicious and fresh camp meals. 

Day 2: Rise and shine Alpengirls! Bring your sleeping mats from your tents and gather in the tree clearing for an introduction to our daily camp yoga. As our fun and calming yoga finishes, perhaps we'll enjoy a fresh breakfast of warm strawberry stuffed french toast. We'll explore the local area by foot and perhaps take a swim today in a nearby creek or hot spring.

Day 3: Today we have a 5-mile day hike challenge up a mountain to summit a peak that sits at just above 9,000 ft. It’s about a 3,000 ft ascent that takes 3-4 hours to hike and the trail takes us through wildflowers and aspen groves and past vistas as we make our way up to the top of a mountain where we'll enjoy a picnic lunch before taking a scenic chairlift ride back down. You’ll be so proud of this accomplishment and it’s likely to be our highest elevation point of the trip, “You can do it!”

Back at camp for the evening, we may be up for a quick dip in the nearby river before cooking dinner, playing games and enjoying a campfire as the sun melts behind the mountains.

Day 4: This morning we’ll pack up and head farther north to the Stanley, ID area and Redfish Lake. Before lunch today we’ll meet our horseback riding outfitters, saddle up and head out on our steeds for a western style trail ride in the Sawtooth Natl’ Forest and climb up trails in mountainous pine forests and across cold, clear water creeks.

Just as the afternoon is warming up, we're ready to jump into some fresh cold water! It’s Ladies Choice Day - a watercraft day where you can try kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding, we’ll have an assortment to choose from. Today is all about lake life - enjoy a swim, learn basic paddle strokes and watercraft handling skills and compete in totally fun and optional Alpenolympic water events.

Tonight at camp we'll enjoy showers and fresh laundry before we snuggle up in our sleeping bags with a book and headlamp for some down time in the tent with friends and get some more giggles out before a good nights sleep.

Day 5: It's a day for travel to our rafting put-in near Salmon, Idaho. We'll drive, re-supply food, and we'll get our gear ready for 5 days in the wilderness. If we’re efficient with our time today, we may make it to the Sacajawea Interpretive Cultural Center for some local history and to honor America’s great historical heroine, Sacajawea.

Days 6-10: Let’s launch! And so it begins, our awesome and much anticipated 5-day whitewater rafting trip where we raft 15-25 miles everyday and camp on a sandy beach every night!! Together with our rafting outfitters, we’ll experience one of Idaho's best-known and most popular white water rafting rivers - the Main Salmon River through the 2.3 million acre Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. Our Salmon River raft trip is the ultimate in adventure travel camping and offers exciting and exhilarating rapids for the thrill-seekers. We’ll enjoy the ride on rapids such as Salmon Falls, Big Mallard, and Growler. The many white sandy beaches along with a hot spring to soak in and heavily forested canyons captivate us while we search for wildlife as we float 80 miles of the Main Salmon River. Other highlights of the raft trip include trying some dutch oven cooking, enjoying s'mores and hobo packets over a charcoal pit, stopping river-side to grab an ice cream and explore Buckskin Bill's homestead, take photos of pictographs, hamming it up the Alpenolympic Talent Show, playing bocci ball or perhaps beach volleyball, and trying inflatable kayaking in your own boat - so FUN!

Day 11: An unforgettable trip so far, it’s hard to believe that there’s anything more to do, but, wait there’s more and just one more day to do it in! We’ll start fresh again with showers and laundry go hot spring soaking in a natural hot spring pool in the mountains before our final evening together in McCall, Idaho where we enjoy some souvenir shopping and maybe stopping at the ice cream stand for a scoop of local huckleberry ice cream! Our end of session awards ceremony will happen nearby.

Day 12: It’s time to go home! Exchanging hugs with your friends, you’ll depart from Boise Idaho Airport, knowing that you’ve had a ton of fun and accomplished great things as an Alpengirl and will be a part of our fantastic community for life. See you next summer!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary. Alpengirl reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of our program. This includes program itinerary, trip dates, activities or location, as a result of unforeseen circumstances, like weather, environment, or health hazards. To the best of our ability, substitutions of activities will be comparable to, or better than, the original activity. Parents will be notified by email if there are any significant itinerary changes.

Trip Campsites & Amenities

Seven nights are spent in tents in public “front country” campgrounds where we have pre-assigned campsites with neighbors and campground hosts nearby, running potable water, and private outhouses or flushing toilets.

Four nights are spent in tents in wilderness “back country” areas where we will purify our water before drinking and learn and practice basic Leave No Trace camping skills such as how to select a campsite, how to go to the bathroom, and how to keep clean outdoors.

Why Choose This Trip

It’s perfect for water loving girls who want to be immersed in a wilderness expedition without backpacking. It’s totally amazing to be on a wild and scenic designated river - The Main Salmon is on many peoples lifetime bucket list of things to do and places to GO! There's beach camping, hot springs, hiking, horse riding, inflatable kayaking and more. This trip offers lots of group time on the river, great for girls who love socializing and making lasting memories with new friends during a solid chunk of uninterrupted days in the wilderness backcountry.

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