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Family Vacations in Idaho


Family Vacations in Idaho: Sawtooth National Forest
The Sawtooth National Forest gets its name from the jagged skyline created by the landscape's trees and mountain ranges.

Located in south-central Idaho, Sawtooth National Forest is named for its sharp serrated peaks that can be seen silhouetted against the sky like the teeth of a saw. These jagged mountains and forests feature some of the wildest country in North America.

Some 1,100 lakes and more than 3,000 miles of rivers famous for their salmon, steelhead, and native trout run through Sawtooth National Forest and make it a perfect spot for young fishing enthusiasts in your family. Numerous hiking trails wind through its rugged terrain.

During the winter months, downhill skiing is a favorite pastime, particularly in Sun Valley. There are also plenty of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

Read on to learn about more outdoors destinations in Idaho, such as Hells Canyon. 

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Idaho State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Idaho, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives:For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.