According to SnoWest Magazine, if you want “stop-you-in-your-tracks-and-drop-a-jaw” scenery, Stanley, Idaho is the place!
With the mighty Sawtooth Mountains as its backdrop, Stanley is home to some of the best riding in Idaho. And no matter where you ride, there are the Sawtooths reaching high into the sky as they loom 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Talk about your photo opportunities.
Deep, dry snow piles up during the winter and there are plenty of opportunities for riders of all skill levels to try the area, on or off the trails. Close to down there are a myriad of rolling hills that allow for frolicking in the fluff while more serious riders can challenge the steep mountains that surround the valley.
The City of Stanley grooms more than 165 miles of trails. If you choose to stick to the trails there are some fun runs, like from Stanley to Redfish Lake or Stanley to Sawtooth City or for the really adventurous, Stanley to Idaho City. This is the northern portion of the Highway to Heaven Trail, which begins in Boise.
Trails head out of Stanley in nearly every direction, giving sledders a different choice for several days of riding. Because of Stanley’s elevation, there are dozens of high mountain lakes you can ride to, although most are accessed via ungroomed trails.