Stanley, Idaho: Population 70
Our Middle Fork trips meet in Stanley the evening before departure. Below are staff recommendations for lodging, places to eat, and things to do if you have an extra day to spend in the area. Our Getting to Stanley page has travel suggestions for getting to Stanley from Boise.
|Mountain Village Resort||1-800-843-5475|
|Stanley High Country Inn||1-208-774-7000|
|Redfish Lake Lodge||1-208-774-3536|
|Meadow Creek Inn and Spa||1-800-811-5745|
|Stanley Vacation Rentals||1-208-421-8553|
|Stanley Chamber of Commerce||1-800-878-7950|
Where To Eat
|The Sluice||All Meals||1-208-774-2101|
|Stanley Baking Company||Breakfast & Lunch||1-208-774-6573|
|Redfish Lake Restaurant||All Meals||1-208-774-3536|
Fun Stuff & Shopping
The Stanley Bakery is open from 7 AM until mid-afternoon daily. They serve the finest homemade meals and baked goods around. If you are going on the Middle Fork with us that morning, be in line at the Bakery as soon as they open that day. Our bus leaves the Mountain Village Lodge at 8 AM.
Lady Face fall is a terrific 6 mile hike, just outside of Stanley. Drive to Stanley Lakes to the trail head.
A Day in Stanley
If you have some extra time to spend in Stanley, here is a day’s itinerary suggested by our crew that will be fun, doesn’t require much travel and will take you to some magnificent places. A daypack comes in handy to carry water, snacks, and a camera.
Start your day with breakfast at the Stanley Bakery & Café. By 9 AM it is usually warm enough to sit on the deck. Enjoy the view, the meal and refreshing mountain air. You’ll probably be eating with a couple of dozen other active folks who you might see later fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, or fly-fishing. After breakfast head to Redfish Lake Lodge, about a 10-minute drive, 5 miles east of Stanley. If you are staying at the Mountain Village Lodge, stop at their office on the way out of town and reserve a late afternoon soak in their private hot springs.
When you get to Redfish, visit the small country store to pick up some snacks for the 7-mile hike you’ll be doing. Make sure you have water. The hike from the end of the lake back to the lodge has some moderate elevation changes but is easy and affords magnificent views. The customer service kiosk on the dock will arrange the boat shuttle for you. The cost is $8.00 a person (plus tip) and the boat ride takes 15 minutes. When you get back to the lodge, have lunch outside and take in the lake views. There are boat rentals available, plenty of hiking trails nearby and a sandy beach. Relax on the beach, take a swim, rent a canoe or just do some people watching.
Drive back to Stanley around 4:00 in time to visit the small shops in town. If you’ve reserved time at the hot springs, that’s a relaxing way to end the day before heading out to dinner. Our recommendation for dinner is the Sawtooth Hotel. Although reservations are not required, parties of 8 or more should call ahead to alert the staff to a large group. After 5 PM, 1-208-774-1040.