Expand Yourself in a Whole New World
Enjoy exploring where few others have opportunities to walk. The remote 2.2 million acre Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness will allow just that. During your river vacation, you will raft, kayak and camp within one of the deepest gorges on the continent. The Salmon River Canyon is 1/5 of a mile deeper than the Grand Canyon and its walls are more than a mile deep for 180 miles. You will see for yourself why Congress designated 73 miles of this stretch of river as a "Wild" river.
Along with our water sports and recreational activities, Pro Rafting Tours offers Side Excursions that give you opportunities to expand your knowledge and spark your sense of awe. Side Excursions include exploring prehistory, history, geology, botany and the river's vast culture through nature walks and hikes.
LEGEND CREEK PICTOGRAPHS
Created by the Sheepeater Indians, known as the Big Game Hunters, the Legend Creek Pictographs, an at-risk cultural treasure are located in a rock shelter protected from the elements of sunshine, wind-blown sand and precipitation. The rock art was made by painting natural pigments onto stone. During an early-trip side-excursion, those who study and love geology, archeology, anthropology and history enjoy viewing the rock art located in the secluded and protected Salmon River Canyon.
Located about a mile down-river from the thrilling Black Creek Rapid, is Sabe Creek. The word "Sabe" is Spanish for "know." Sabe Creek flows 10 miles from Sabe Creek Mountain and it is one of the most scenic creeks in the canyon. A side-excursion to explore Sabe Creek is delightful because of the scenery, opportunities for bird watching and possibly seeing wild life. Numerous white rocks are scattered in the creek bed where its water merges directly into the Main Salmon River making it a strikingly beautiful sight.
BARTH NATURAL HOT SPRINGS
Accessible by climbing a short, steep trail, the large hot springs pool overlooks the Main Salmon River. The hot springs' water temperature is similar to that of hot tubs making a soak an enjoyable activity that is exclusive to those who float the river. Historical inscriptions are found on rocks below the hot springs near the river, including engravings from legendary John McKay who used the hot springs as a comforting stop during his numerous winter river trips.
MACKAY BAR PACK BRIDGE
Named after William B. Mackay, who first built a log homestead in 1899 and went on to acquire several placer claims in the river canyon by 1910, the pack bridge is a fun place to stop to view the river from above. The long, high suspension bridge was built in 1935 for pack stock crossings. There is a side trail leading from the bridge that parallels the river canyon. Extending for miles, the trail is perfect for a quick day-hike or an energizing trail run.
PACIFIC YEW TREES
Below the mouth of Indian Creek, a popular side-excursion is to hike 20 minutes on a lovely and shady creek-side trail that leads to a rare and unique stand of Pacific Yew trees. Yews are conifers native to the Pacific Coast ranges, not necessarily Idaho. Secluded in the river canyon, this stand of yews is believed to date back to over 500 years. Since yews are extremely slow growers and their bark is thin and flaky, it is hard to determine their age by their rings. Visiting these trees is worth the short hike.
With goals of becoming rich from fur trade and mining or from those wanting a life of seclusion, the Salmon River Canyon has stories to tell of recent human history. After Lewis and Clark's first visit to the upper reaches of the Salmon River in 1805, the river ebbed and flowed with pioneer activity. Early Main Salmon River occupants leave behind valuable historical dwellings that we visit and learn from during several optional side-excursions. A few examples are Jim Moore Place, Buckskin Bill's and Polly Bemis Ranch.
Bring on the Photo Worthy Places
Pro Rafting Tours offers outstanding wilderness excursions to bring out the explorer in you. Step ashore and start exploring. There's so much to explore on a Main Salmon Vacation and we want to assure you make the best use of your trip in between all of the thrilling drops down rapids.
The river canyon is yours to explore. See what you want to see. There is a side excursion for everyone, from adventure seekers to hikers, bird watchers, anglers, wildlife lovers, geology lovers, to history buffs.
This is your opportunity to get into the heart of one of the most stunning, vast and WILD destinations in the United States. Do it with a unique adventure you will want to share with others. One you will not forget.