1 . Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch

Newdale, Idaho

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Crystal clear alpine waters winding through the Idaho backcountry. The snow-capped majesty of Rocky Mountain peaks. And sweeping vistas filled with dense pine forests, broken only by the occasional wildflower field. At our No. 1 pick, sole credit for this spectacular Idaho scenery goes to none other than Mother Nature herself.

As for the Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch lodge, man’s own artistry is apparent in each and every room of this Idaho hunting retreat. A kitchen worthy of the magazine pages was crafted from wood floors and granite counters, both polished until they shine. Pine plank ceilings and a stacked stone fireplace add warmth and rustic appeal to the great room, with an antler-strewn chandelier as its crowning feature. And the big game you came for is never far from sight, from the herd of young elk sporting velvet-wrapped points outside to the graceful bull that looks down from his watchful perch on the master bedroom wall mural. When your Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch trophy bull is safely packed and ready for the trip home, try your luck against another worthy opponent. The rainbow trout that frequent the Henry Fork of the Snake River put up an exhilarating fight and pack a tasty filet between their spotted scales.

Highlights

Looking for a truly exclusive hunting experience? Get a minimum of three friends, family, coworkers – heck, even strangers – to tag along and the lodge will close the doors to all other hunters, leaving the best bulls for your hunting pleasure!

Related activities

Green Canyon Hot Springs, located at the base of the lodge, offer an enticing way to ease post-hunt aches and pains.

Fun facts

All prices include guide service, field dressing and three hearty meals a day.

2 . Clark Fork Outfitters

Clark Fork, Idaho

CALL DIRECT: +1 (208) 290 - 3087

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Mule deer, mountain elk and so much more! A wide variety of hunting opportunities await you at Clark Fork Outfitters.

Idaho offers a wide variety of big game hunting: white tail deer, shiras moose, mountain lion, gray wolf, and elk. If you'd prefer smaller game, several varieties of grouse are also available. At Clark Fork Outfitters, you will find guided hunts with experienced guides to get you to the game you want. More than just trying to make your shot, Clark Fork Outfitters will make sure that your hunting trip is comfortable. From dinners of elk chili and cornbread to the wood cabins at Diamond T Ranch where overnight guests stay, this Idaho hunting lodge offers more than just an opportunity to bag a buck. It offers a rustic hunting experience.

Highlights

With a a one to one guide to client ratio on most of Clark Fork Outfitters' guided hunts, you'll get the personal attention to help you make this the hunt of a lifetime.

Related activities

Need a break from trying to bag the big one? Why not visit a wildlife refuge? Bring some apples or carrots and get up close and personal with deer and other local wildlife.

Fun facts

Clark Fork Outfitters is under new ownership as of 2012, but Leon Brown isn't new to the business. He brings over ten years of experience to the table!

3 . Three Peaks Lodge

Saint Anthony, Idaho

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 418 - 5269

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A glimpse at your family’s vacation wish list can be a daunting task. A shot at a trophy buck for dad, photo opportunities worthy of mom’s scrapbook pages and requests for everything from waterslides and mini golf to something called a Hannah Montana from the kids. Just when you’re ready to throw up your hands in defeat, our No. 3 pick saves you from wallowing in your vacation planning despair.

At Three Peaks Lodge in eastern Idaho, a place where kids entertain themselves is more than a slogan – it’s a promise. We were more than a little impressed, but when we saw all this Idaho family vacation home had to offer we realized it was a pledge that Three Peaks didn’t have to worry about breaking! With everything from climbing walls to an actual slide that sends kids careening from one level to the next, Three Peaks Lodge’s oversized playroom more than fulfills the kids’ entertainment quota. The backyard baseball field and sports court is the perfect place to stir up some friendly competition, while two barbeque grills work overtime to fill your teen’s bottomless appetite. Avid hunters can roam the Idaho wilderness with everything from ducks to deer in their sights. And you never have to worry about disturbing the other Three Peaks Lodge guests; as family, they’re stuck with you!

Highlights

With eight bedrooms and six baths, this Idaho vacation rental is ideal for family reunions and holiday gatherings.

Fun facts

Three Peaks Lodge offers adventure in every season, from trout fishing on Henry’s Fork in summer to cross-country skiing on Idaho’s snow-blanketed terrain.

Related Onsite Offerings

Baseball field, horseshoe pits, skateboards, tennis, volleyball, tetherball, playground, fire pit and Jacuzzi tub.

4 . Silver Spur Lodge

Dixie, Idaho

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The Frank Church River of No Return may sound ominous, but this dedicated Idaho wilderness area is a blessing in disguise. If camping under the stars, pine-tinged mountain breezes and backcountry hunting adventures sound like your dream vacation, Silver Spur Lodge is poised to deliver.

Breathtaking in every season, this Idaho hunting lodge takes it to a whole new level each fall. When the last of the leaves have turned brilliant shades of gold and the Rocky Mountains echo with elk calls, trophy-sized mounts are the prey of choice. Accessible only by horseback, the bunkhouse’s remote location in the Idaho backcountry is ideal for those seeking a more authentic hunt. Here, deluxe Idaho tent camps put the thrill of the hunt just beyond your door. Days are spent stalking some of the region’s biggest game, while evenings are passed reliving the thrill of the chase over a tasty campfire-cooked meal. Equal measures dude ranch and hunting outfitters, Silver Spur Lodge is one of those places that exceeds everyone’s expectations – non-hunters included. Summer brings guided pack trips around backcountry lakes and over high country mountains. Spring boasts your choice of exhilarating styles, including spot-and-stalk bear hunts on the Salmon River. And for those who prefer a side of luxury with their hunting adventure, the Silver Spur’s pine lodge offers home cooked meals, freshly baked pies and all the comforts of home.

Address

2742 Dixie Rd., Dixie, ID 83525

Highlights

Deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose and wolves are frequent visitors to the Silver Spur Lodge grounds.

Getting there

Approximately 38 miles southeast of Elk City, Silver Spur Lodge is set in the historic gold mining town of Dixie, Idaho. The lodge can be reached by road or by plane using charter services from Missoula, Spokane or Lewiston.

5 . Flying B Ranch

Kamiah, Idaho

CALL DIRECT: +1 (208) 935 - 0755

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Flexibility. It’s one of those qualities we often take for granted, until an occasion comes along that requires a little stretching and bending. When faced with a deer stand that’s a little too cramped, for example, or slipping on a pair of waders that magically shrank after last month’s Thanksgiving Day feast.

Our No. 5 pick has mastered the art of versatility in a big way. Maybe it was a quest for mountain grouse or Hungarian partridge that brought you to Flying B Ranch’s doors. A few hours in Lawyer Creek Canyon with the ranch’s exceptional English Pointers as your companions will more than convince you that you’ve come to the right place. Looking for a bigger thrill with trophy mount potential? From rugged black bear and majestic Rocky Mountain elk to the elusive mountain lion, the Flying B Ranch caters to your big game hunting needs with astonishing ease. If your idea of a relaxing Idaho vacation includes a rod and reel, don’t write Flying B Ranch off just yet. As an Orvis-endorsed destination, this Idaho lodge truly caters to every crowd. The Clearwater River is chock full of trophy Steelhead catches, known for their aggressive attack and impressive size. And when you’ve caught your limit, the ranch’s culinary team works its magic on your day’s work just in time for dinner!

Address

2900 Lawyer Creek Rd., Kamiah, ID 83536

Highlights

Flying B Ranch’s onsite pro shop keeps you well stocked with top shelf selections in everything from waterproof boots to compound bows.

Fun facts

Can’t decide? Flying B Ranch’s Cast and Blast packages include two days of wingshooting, a full day of steelhead fishing and all-inclusive accommodations at its Idaho luxury lodge.

Our No. 6 pick hails from the same game-rich wilderness terrain as our No. 1 selection, but the similarities end there. Where Silver Spur Lodge offered hunting lodge luxury on a corporate-like level, Middle Fork Hunting Outfitters specializes in exhilarating backcountry adventures on a more intimate scale.

Some might call Middle Fork’s obsession with providing the best game and lodging a bit single-minded. We call it an excellent way to ensure a successful Idaho hunting vacation! If you’re looking to point, shoot and take home the big game, chances are Middle Fork isn’t for you. This family-run Idaho lodge holds fair chase hunts in high esteem, which means you’ll be traversing steep canyons, rugged mountains and dense forests in search of your horned, hoofed or pronged prey. In addition to the traditional elk, mountain lion and bear, Middle Fork also offers exclusive bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts for a chance at that record book ram! It may not be the Four Seasons, but you’re not exactly roughing it with Middle Fork Hunting Outfitters. Here, cots are well padded, tents are warmed by woodstove hearths and your hunting companions are kept squeaky clean with the aid of a shower tent.

Highlights

Middle Fork offers stream fishing in warmer months, including excellent trout fishing on Camas Creek in June and July.

Fun facts

Looking for a real adventure? Mountain lion hunts begin with a snowmobile ride to the B-C Ranch, continue with a pack ride to the Salmon River and culminate in excellent hunting at the historic Tappan Ranch.

Related Onsite Offerings

If hunting the Idaho wilderness day in and day out sounds like a dream, Middle Fork’s guide school could be just the career change you’ve been looking for.

7 . Boulder Creek Outfitters

Peck, Idaho

CALL DIRECT: +1 (208) 486 - 6232

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Deer hunting may set your pulse racing and your spirit soaring, but chances are your significant other is less than thrilled when you disappear into the wilderness each fall. If ever your passion and their happiness could peacefully coexist, our No. 7 pick would be our bet for pulling off such an astonishing feat.

Boulder Creek Outfitters boasts a remote location surrounded by Hells Canyon, an Idaho wilderness area with a name that is more than a little misleading. Here at Boulder Creek, the backcountry terrain is so scenic, hunters and their companions will think they’ve died and gone to big game heaven. If snow-capped Rocky Mountain peaks and blue skies as far as the eye can see can’t elicit a smile from your significant other, chances are the lodge’s piping-hot Jacuzzi tub and cozy guestrooms can. And if he or she decides to get in on the action, hunting in tandem doubles your chances of walking away with that wall-worthy mount – now you just have to agree on where to hang it! For those who fancy a hunt the old-fashioned way, Boulder Creek Outfitters’ specialized bow hunting trips will find you trailing trophy elk in the Idaho backcountry or holed up in a tree stand patiently waiting for that 15-pt. buck to cross your path. With a 96 percent success rate on Idaho whitetail hunts, the odds are clearly in your favor!

Highlights

Numerous Boone and Crockett animals in 4 different species have been taken over the years with the help of Boulder Creek Outfitters.

Fun facts

Boulder Creek Outfitters was the first Idaho hunting lodge to have an exclusive license to outfit on private land.

Related Onsite Offerings

Boulder Creek Outfitters offers four different camp experiences, from the fully-modern Whitebird Camp with TVs and showers to the tented accommodations of the Deep Wilderness Camp.

8 . Shepp Ranch

Cascade, Idaho

CALL DIRECT: +1 (208) 866 - 4268

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If you find yourself marveling at the way the crisp Rocky Mountain air and pine-scented breezes stir your soul, you’re in good company. Year after year, world-weary souls flock to this remote Idaho ranch seeking peace of mind – and a generous shot at prize-winning game. We reckon it only takes a single cast, blast or both to get you hooked on Shepp Ranch.

You don’t have to be at your wit’s end to enjoy the beauty and majesty of Shepp Ranch and its untamed Idaho surroundings. For a place that specializes in hunting and fishing, this ranch retreat is surprisingly family-friendly. You and your little ranchers will rise with the sun, saddle up and set off on a trail ride along the winding banks of Crooked Creek. Afternoon brings you back to these Idaho waters, this time with a fly fishing rod tucked into even the smallest of hands. And as the sun dips below the horizon, your Idaho family vacation finds you gathered around the campfire for some old-fashioned family bonding. The quality of the hunt wasn’t sacrificed for Shepp Ranch’s family-friendly designation. Massive elk and bighorn sheep migrate to the Salmon River canyon slopes come spring, bringing an opportunity for a shot without the added challenge of high country terrain. The famed Salmon River is known as the River of No Return for good reason; there’s a good chance you’ll never want to leave this Idaho hunting lodge!

Highlights

Ask about personal fly fishing lessons from the ranch’s long-time manager and fishing enthusiast, Mike Demerse.

Getting there

Travel by jet boat and airplane are two choices for arriving to Shepp Ranch. Tucked along the Salmon River banks, this Idaho hunting ranch is approximately 15 miles from the end of the road at Vinegar Creek.

Fun facts

Charlie Shepp and Pete Klinkhammer began homesteading what is the modern-day Shepp Ranch in winter of 1909.

9 . Deadwood Outfitters

Cascade, Idaho

CALL DIRECT: +1 (208) 365 - 8789

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From massive black bear to majestic elk, Idaho’s big game thrives amidst the untamed terrain of the Boise National Forest. With a coveted location backed up to this bottomless pool of trophy prey, it’s no surprise our No. 9 pick counts guided hunts among its many specialties.

Whether you carry a bow and arrow or a high power rifle as your weapon of choice, we’re confident you’ll find the Idaho backcountry to your liking. The wilderness that forms Deadwood Outfitters’ backyard boasts one of the best bull to cow ratios in the western states, and the lodge’s skilled guides know these parts like the back of their hand. Spectacular six or 12-day hunts take you into the heart of Idaho elk country by day, where bagging that trophy bull is your only task. With a thin canvas tent as the sole barrier between you and the great Idaho outdoors, Deadwood’s drop camp hunts are a must for those seeking a true backcountry experience! Elk bugles only echo through the canyons in autumn, which leaves three other seasons freed up for your Idaho family vacation. When a dusting of white powder makes the bigger game turn tail, the fun is just beginning at Deadwood Outfitters. Snowmobile rides on winding mountain trails are an exhilarating prelude to a soak in the ranch’s wood-fired hot tub.

Highlights

If your rifle skills aren’t up to par, Deadwood Outfitters offers hunting and shooting schools each summer.

Getting there

From Boise, take Hwy. 55 North to Cascade and head east on Warm Lake Highway to Landmark. When the road forms a “Y,” bear right on Forest Service Road and proceed 15 miles to Deadwood Lodge.

Fun facts

Deadwood Outfitters has been family-owned by Tom and Dawn Carter since 1969.

10 . Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Stanley, Utah

CALL DIRECT: +1 (208) 774 - 3544

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We’re all for hunting to your heart’s content, but even the most devoted rifle carrier recognizes that there’s a time to put down the gun and try something new. With backcountry adventures and a rich history that rivals even the biggest of game, calling off the chase is anything but boring at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch.

Here amidst Sawtooth Mountain peaks, you can trade in the rifle for a pair of reins, swap out your hiking boots for some stylish hip waders or forgo the rush of the hunt in favor of taking a seat to admire the view. Of course, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch gets a helping hand from Mother Nature now and then. From the trout-stocked waters of the Salmon River to the natural hot spring waters that feed its mineral pool, your Idaho nature vacation is well provided for at this Old West-inspired ranch. Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch’s secluded locale is the very definition of a rustic getaway. With your significant other by your side, your romantic Idaho vacation is spent picking shapes out of the puffy white clouds, walking hand-in-hand through Sawtooth Valley wildflower fields and enjoying the view from horseback as a full moon casts the Sawtooth Mountain peaks in its ethereal glow.

Highlights

The infamous 18-mile Fisher Creek Loop trail connects to the ranch, offering plenty of terrain for those who count mountain biking among their outdoor hobbies.

Related activities

Whitewater rafting, rock climbing, photography, ghost town tours, kids’ activities, hiking and more.

Fun facts

Built in 1930, the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is featured on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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