Wildlife Viewing and Photography
Spring in Idaho’s Main Salmon River Canyon offers a unique opportunity to view and photograph wildlife and wildflowers. Depending on when your trip takes place you may catch a grouse doing its mating dance, a fawn hiding in the tall grass, or a Rocky Mountain Bighorn lamb take its first peek over a rock ledge. Black bear, deer, elk and Bighorn sheep are all prevalent in the canyon and in the spring the early grasses draw them like a magnet to the sunny banks of the river. While hiking provides the best chance for getting close it is also not uncommon to view them while astride a mule or jetboating along the river enroute to historic goldmines and homesteads. Acres of wildflowers will astound you! With trails starting at 2100’ of elevation and climbing to 8000’ you can experience a variety of seasonal blooming in a single trip. The canyon walls and pristine river offer a multitude of options for dramatic photography, sketching or painting.
At the end of the day, after a dinner cooked just the way you like it, you can soak in the hot tub and watch the moon rise and the stars come out as you relive the days events