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Smiley Creek Lodge is now open for summer hours 2016 season
Summer hours:
Mon- Sun 8am-9pm. 7 days a week.

For lodging, you can make reservations online here. or call us at 208 774 3547.

Smiley Creek Lodge is located near the headwaters of the Salmon River in Central Idaho. We are at the top of the Sawtooth Basin near the confluence of Smiley Creek and the Salmon. We are 37 miles north of world-famous Sun Valley and 23 miles South of Stanley, Idaho.

We offer a variety of services for those enjoying the rugged beauty of this special place in the mountains of central Idaho.

We have a restaurant offering local and seasonal specials as well as home-style favorites. We have an ice cream parlor serving delicious hand- dipped milkshakes and a variety of ice cream flavors. Our deli provides a variety of sandwiches and wraps that are made to order. Download our menus

We offer a variety of lodging options from lodge rooms with private baths, cabins with shared baths, teepees, RV sites and tent camping.

Our store features unique and interesting gifts, camping and sports supplies and some groceries.

We also sell regular and premium gas and propane.

Please stop by for a picnic lunch to go on your way out, or come and stay for a while and enjoy everything the Sawtooth Basin has to offer.


Summertime activities,

Smiley Creek Lodge is in the center of dozens of high mountain activities.

Some of the things right outside our door:

-Fabulous hiking and backpacking to the peaks and high alpine lakes of the Sawtooth Wilderness and White Cloud mountain ranges.

-Fishing in the Salmon River and its tributaries, or one of the hundreds of high alpine lakes.

-Back country scenic flying. The state of Idaho Smiley Creek airstrip is right across the road.

-Bicycling highway 75 through the valley or over the challenging Galena Pass, or mountain biking Fisher Creek Trail or one of the numerous other easy or gonzo routes.

-Wildlife viewing.

-Boating, Swimming or just hanging out on the beach at Alturas, Petit or Redfish Lakes.

-Touring the historic mining sites of Vienna, Sawtooth City or Bonanza and Custer a little ways down the road.

-White water rafting or kayaking on the Salmon River.

-Motocross or ATV riding.

-Horseback riding, either for the afternoon, or packing in for a week or more.

-Picnicking among the spring and summer wildflowers.


-Drive through taking in the beauty of Central Idaho.

-There is no end to the amazing things you could be doing in the Sawtooth Basin right now, summer or winter.

When Summer turns to Winter
Central Idaho is all about recreation!

If you are visiting Sun Valley, Smiley Creek Lodge is the place for Snowmobile Rentals!

Smiley Creek Lodge rents Polaris and Yamaha Snowmobiles for guided or unguided trips through this winter wonderland. There are over 185 miles of groomed trail that head north from Smiley Creek. On one of our rental snowmobiles, you can experience the scenic groomed trails or have one of our experienced guides show you some of the special places in the Sawtooth Basin, such as, the view over Stanley Lake or Redfish Lake in winter.
We are just a short 37 mile drive from Sun Valley.

We also rent snowshoes for those looking to explore at a slower pace.

Smiley Creek Lodge is located just three miles away from The Alturas Lake Nordic Ski Trail providing over 16K of groomed skating and classic Nordic trails.

The Sawtooth, White Cloud and Boulder mountains around Smiley Creek
Have abundant terrain for backcountry skiing or snowboarding.


Smiley Creek Lodge Welcomes You!

Smiley Creek Lodge Welcomes You!



The opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Sawtooth Valley are endless. In winter, backcountry skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers and nordic skiers of all abilities can find a variety of fun and beautiful terrain. Beginning in early spring there are numerous opportunities for fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking road biking, wildlife viewing, photography, and touring nearby western historical sites. You may just enjoy taking a relaxing drive up Highway 75 through the spectacular scenery.

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