When people think of Salmon, Idaho, often what comes to mind is the place where your river trip begins or ends. The town of Salmon is situated on the edge of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area, approximately 30 miles from the Continental Divide. Think of the small town as the perfect transition to the “front country” after a week spent on the Middle Fork Salmon. And while many folks will simply pass through the town, there’s a lot to enjoy and recreate around the area. Whether you have a few extra hours or a few extra days, Salmon offers an abundance of activities to augment your trip. Whichever activity you choose, extra time in Salmon will be well-spent. Here are some insider favorites.

Salmon Idaho Bakery
Salmon Idaho Bakery

Bread for bread, Odd Fellows’ is the best bakery in Idaho. Owners Craig & Jessica McCallum, along with Ken Korn, have built a true artisan bakery that focuses on simple ingredients prepared the right way. Using a brick oven, they produce incredibly delicious bread that will have you coming back for more. Beyond the brick oven, Ken and staff prepare a homemade soup, empanadas, and many other mouth-watering entrees.

Local Tip: The sliced 80-Mile bread is the best for making sandwiches. Grab an apple galette for dessert. Take it home, reheat it in the oven, and serve with ice cream. You’ll thank us later.

Stamina, adventure, a mix of type-2 fun, and miles of trails to bike can be found just on the edge of town. Salmon has an incredible variety of trails to enjoy, and you’ll never get bored of the terrain. As the snow melts, and the mud hardens, the trails around the Salmon River Valley open up for bikers. A good place to start is the local Discovery Trail System, affectionately known as Disco Hill. If you are looking for longer missions, view the Ride Salmon site for the best resources on area trails.

Local tip: Salmon has a dedicated group of mountain bikers, and chances are you’ll find them hanging around the best bike shop in town: The Hub. If you like riding around Salmon, sign up for the annual “24 Hours of Disco Race”.

Pete’s Meats is a local Salmonite’s staple. Pete and his crew of butchers produce a variety of beef jerky that has the perfect balance of tenderness and flavor. Whether you’re driving through the area or launching an adventure, the beef jerky at Pete’s will fuel your next mission.

Local Tip: The beef sticks are incredible too.

Amy Tonsmeire, the owner of Sweetwater Hollow, built something special in the heart of our town. Along the river next to the Shady Nook, is the community spot for outdoor concerts, food, and special events. If you’re traveling through Salmon, make sure to check the calendar to see if there are any events happening at Sweetwater while you’re visiting.

Local tip: If you’re planning a wedding, contact Amy. Sweetwater is an incredible site for a fun, private celebration.  Our favorite event of the year is the Harvest Festival every September, benefitting the Salmon Valley Stewardship.

The Lemhi County Historical Museum has an impressive collection showcasing the history of Salmon. Drop-in, and you’ll be amazed at the photos and pieces celebrating the history of this area and its people.

Local tip: The museum has a large collection of historical photos. A local favorite is an image that captures an old wooden scow (the original sweep boat) running the river through town! The museum also houses a high-quality printer and offers prints of any photo you like. If you like the museum, make sure to also check out the Sacajawea Interpretive Center.