Wild & Scenic Raft Highlights
A wild and scenic river awaits, don’t miss the boat on this trip, it’s a water and nature lovers dream!
DatesJul 29 - Aug 09, 2021
Ages12-14 (enter 7th-9th)
Tuition$TBD (airfare not incl.)
- Camp in Sun Valley Idaho
- 5-day Main Salmon River Trip
- Intro to inflatable kayaking
- Day hike in central Idaho
- Horseback ride in Sawtooths
- Swim in rivers, lakes, streams
- Soaking in natural hot springs
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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 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. It's a trip to remember!
Day 1: Arriving at Boise Airport, your Alpenguides will greet you and introduce you to the rest of your camp 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 a forest clearing for an introduction to our daily Alpenyoga. Wrapping up our fun and calming yoga, we'll enjoy a fresh, hot breakfast - perhaps warm Strawberry Stuffed French Toast (YUM!) Then we'll explore the local area by foot on a day hike with picnic lunch, and perhaps take a swim today in a nearby creek.
Day 3: This morning we’ll pack up and ward off the morning chill with a swim at a local hot spring. Perhaps we'll even do our morning yoga beside the naturally heated waters to benefit from their healing properties! Then we'll drive further north to the Stanley, ID area. Tonight we’ll get wild with an Alpenolympic event and perhaps even a themed costume party dinner.
Day 4: This morning we're headed to Redfish Lake, where we’ll meet our horseback riding outfitters, saddle up and ride out on our steeds for a western style trail ride in the Sawtooth National Forest. On the ride, we'll traverse trails in mountainous pine forests and across cold, clear water creeks.
Day 5: It's a day for travel to our rafting put-in near Salmon, Idaho. We'll drive, re-supply food, and 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. Just as the afternoon is warming up and we're ready to jump into some fresh cold water, we'll head for the lake. It’s Ladies Choice Day - a watercraft day where you can choose to try kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding - or all three! This afternoon 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.
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 every day 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 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 soaking in a natural hot spring, trying some dutch oven cooking, enjoying s'mores and pocket stew over a charcoal pit, stopping river-side to grab an ice cream and explore Buckskin Bill's homestead, taking 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 much FUN!
Day 11: An unforgettable trip so far, it’s hard to believe all the adventures we've had. We’ll freshen up again with showers and laundry when we get off the river, before our final day together in McCall, Idaho. We'll enjoy the downtown area and a stop at the ice cream stand for a scoop of local huckleberry ice cream! This evening we'll have our end of session awards ceremony and exchange contact information with our new friends.
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: Alpengirl reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of our program, including program itinerary, activities or location, as a result of unforeseen circumstances, including weather, environment, or health hazards. 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 time in the wilderness backcountry. Limited to 12 girls in the group.