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Favorite Things to Do in Sun Valley

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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Excerpt: Living in Stanley during the summer is very special, but escaping to the Wood River Valley is always a treat. As promised, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do in the Sun Valley area during the summer. Because our kids, Miles, Fin and Ollie are ages three to nine, most of the activities listed are kid-friendly.  I tried to keep the list to ten things, but I really couldn’t narrow it down below 12. Enjoy! Things to do in Sun Valley: 1) The Ice Show—the Sun Valley Summer Ice Show is, in one word, magical. There is not a…

Rafting the Salmon…A Watershed Moment

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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Excerpt: In an entirely creative and poignant blog post, John Lavey of the Sonoran Institute, took an idea originally presented by explorer John Wesley Powell and created a new US map based on watersheds. Why base a map on watersheds? Originally, John Wesley Powell came up with the idea while exploring the West, “…[proposing] in 1879 that as the Western states were brought into the union they be formed around watersheds, rather than arbitrary political boundaries. This idea rested on the observation that because of an arid climate, a statewide organization decided by any other factor would lead to water conflict down the…

Top 5 Reasons To Have A Fly-fishing Guide On The Upper Salmon

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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Excerpt: In Sunset Magazine’s October, 2013 issue, author Laura Fraser, in “A River Runs Through Us,” wrote that fly-fishing is much more challenging than putting a worm on a hook and dropping it into a lake. She goes on to explain that it’s not the kind of thing you can learn on the fly, which is why having a guide is key. Since we couldn’t have said it better ourselves, here are her top four reasons why you should consider a guide when fly-fishing in a new area, along with one added by us. 1) Trout feed on thousands of different insects…

Once In A Blue Moon & Creating Adventures

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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Excerpt: Blue Moon Yurt We believe that life is all about experiences. That’s just one of the many reasons we love doing what we do. Offering families an outdoor experience that may be just beyond their comfort level or something they don’t get a chance to do very often is incredibly gratifying. There’s nothing better than listening to the excited chatter of kids at the end of a river trip. 8 pitches later… When it comes to our own family we look for unique opportunities for our kids to experience, which means we sometimes have to break out of our…

Idaho Bucket List

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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Excerpt: It’s a little-known fact to those that haven’t visited Idaho that our state is much more than potato fields. Our potatoes are awesome, but Idaho offers travelers unparalleled beauty, history and experiences. With over 83,000 square miles of terrain, much of which is large wilderness tracts, it can be a challenge to know where to start exploring. Boise State Public Radio recently came out with a good place to start with their “Idaho Bucket List: The 75 Things Idahoans Should Try (At Least Once)”. We are particularly fond of #14-Go whitewater rafting on the Salmon River, and looking over the list…

A Glimpse Into Stanley’s Past & Present

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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Excerpt: Recommended Read Stanley is one of those towns that takes you back to a remotely familiar time, even though you may not have grown up in the wild west “back in the day.” When you arrive in Stanley and see the dirt roads and wooden boardwalks it’s easy to picture yourself in a time when riding horses and shopping at the general store was the norm. Although Stanley retains that feel, running water, electricity and high-speed internet are now the norm. Whether you have been here before or are coming for the first time, if you are interested in getting to…

Before You Grow Up: Be A Raft Guide

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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Excerpt: “There are only a few carefree summers in your life. Don’t waste them interning at law firms…” So begins a recent post on Outside Magazine’s website that recommends working as a river guide before you grow up. Among the various reasons cited for doing so, our faves include getting paid to float a river and vacation days that offer climbing, hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Additionally, it lists the romance potential as high. (Woooo, woooo!) We would also add to the list the great sense of camaraderie with your fellow guides. One of our guides, the fabulous Emily Wendler, just might…

Behind The Scenes: The Taking of the Annual Guide Photo

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

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Excerpt: Yes, at first glance we look entirely professional; completely capable of taking you down the river, what with our tanned skin, bulging muscles, swanky gear and all. But the truth is, underneath that cool veneer, we are all just a bunch of clowns having a good time. Nowhere is that more evident than at our annual guide photo shoot. Kudos to photographer Marjorie McBride for putting up with us every year. The Veneer—or what the guides call our “Bible Camp” photo. Angelic, don’t you think?  But here’s how it really goes down.   And then, what really goes down…   The good thing is, in this…

A single drop of water…

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

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Excerpt: It is raining today.  The Sawtooths are barely visible through the thick layer of storm clouds.  Sage is opening up, letting out its rough, raw scent.  A scent which hints of home to any Idahoan.  We are hoping that this rain will raise the water level in the river, if only a little bit.  And make the season last longer, if only by a little while. We watch the rain fall and hope that those drops make their way to the Salmon.  The rain inspires thoughts of the river’s formation: where that water came from, where it is going.   …

5 great hikes in Stanley

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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Excerpt: You come to Stanley, Idaho for the rafting.  But then,  as you are cruising back into town after a day of floating, the steep granite wall which comprises the Sawtooth mountains come into view.  Their deep folds hint of hidden lakes and tumbling waterfalls and you know you must stay, at least for a day, to explore.  There are innumerable hikes to choose from in the Sawtooth Mountains.  Lucky for you, the River Company is comprised of a group of people who, when not enjoying the swift moving waters surrounding Stanley, love hiking the dusty trails of the Sawtooths (afterall,…

Happy Birthday SNRA

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

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Excerpt: Forty years ago a bunch of Idaho environmentalists (a bit of an oxymoron, I know) came together to protect a beloved part of the state. The conservation battle started when mining company ASARCO made plans to create an open pit molybdenum mine at Castle Peak in the White Clouds.  Frank Church, Orval Hansen, Cecil Andrus and others used their political prowess to preserve the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains and, in 1972, created the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA).  For the last forty years, the land, fish, and wildlife within this area have been protected from development and other harmful…

Add a river trip to the wedding agenda!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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Excerpt: Weddings are a celebration and are touted as one of the best days in a couples life.  Yet the coming together of so many families and friends, so many different backgrounds and interests can be interesting to say the least.  A river rafting trip either before or after the ceremony is a unique, fun way to work out all the kinks. Rafting whitewater is a great bonding experience for all involved.  Rather than spending the afternoon trying to get people from different worlds to talk, let the guides break the ice.  Working as a team to get down the river in…

Rafting Season for 2011 Buttoned Up

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

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Excerpt: Buttoned-up for the Season Reaching this time of the year brings a big sigh of relief. Another successful river season has come to an end and now it is time to slow down, take and deep breathe and embrace fall and winter. At the end of each season there is a good amount of work to be done to close up shop and get everything ready for winter. Guides that do not have school to go back to often hang around and help us get everything put up, for which we are very grateful. We begin by breaking down our lunch camp. Cindy…

What Does “High Water” Mean?

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

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Excerpt: The media is alive right now with reports of rivers flooding, or about to flood, their banks. Given the ample amount of moisture we received this winter and spring it is not surprising. But what does “high water” mean when it comes to whitewater rafting in Sun Valley? Despite the grim picture painted in regards to the Wood River in Sun Valley, the Sunbeam section of the Salmon River is at optimal floating levels. The Wood River and the Salmon are two different river systems all together, with the Salmon able to handle flows much higher than current levels. Certainly there are…

Trips begin Memorial Day weekend!

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

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Excerpt: We’ve started our weekend trips to Stanley to dust off the boats, organize the warehouse, clean the kitchen and set up shop. The first time we come to Stanley (from McCall) for the season generates a lot of excitement in our family. The kids get reacquainted with their room and the sandbox and memories of summers gone by come flooding back. Dave and I push up our shirt-sleeves and get to work putting things together, antsy for the season to get underway. This time around we discovered  more snow than usual on the mountain passes going to Stanley as well as…

What to do in Stanley, Idaho.

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

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Excerpt: Writing about my favorite things to do in Sun Valley last week got me thinking about all the things I love to do in Stanley too. Embedded in the middle of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Stanley is a spectacular place. A visit here will leave you wanting to come back again and again. For those of you coming from far away, especially if it is your first time to the area, here is my list of must-do’s in Stanley. Spend the day at Redfish Lake—I never get bored at Redfish. The kids and I go there several times a week…

Vacation Planning…Call us, we can help

Friday, March 18th, 2011

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Excerpt: Our Upcoming Vacation When planning a vacation there are so many different things to think about. I mean, you are making a big commitment of time and money and you want to make sure you’ve got your bases covered, right? We are in the middle of planning a SoCal/Disneyland trip and I have to admit that, at times, I’ve been overwhelmed with all the details. We know what dates we want to go so the airline reservations were easy. No problem on choosing a rental car. But where I’m spending hours upon hours is hotel reservations and area attractions. So many…

Sun Valley Idaho Hikes with Kids

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

There is a great article on hiking with kids in the Sun Valley Idaho area.  Read the entire blog post here.

Salmon get some needed help

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

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Excerpt: All Salmon on the Upper Main Salmon near Stanley, Idaho are anadromous fish: they are born in the fresh water of the Salmon River, migrate to the ocean, then return to the Salmon some 900 miles to reproduce or “spawn”.  The federal government just gave these fish a huge break by allowing dams that impede their progress to spill water aiding these young salmon (smolts) have a more natural trip to the ocean. Right now, millions of salmon and steelhead smolts from Idaho are on the ride of their lives as they attempt to dodge hungry predators and…

President Speaks at America’s Great Outdoors Conference

Monday, April 19th, 2010

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Excerpt: President Obama spoke on Friday at the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors.   Reading the transcript all of us at The River Company appreciate the quote below.  We believe families need to spend more time outdoors.  If you are on the fence about your vacation choices this Summer, give a vacation that enables you and your family to be outside some additional thought.   And if you end up in Idaho, come by and give us a visit. Third, we’ll help families spend more time outdoors, building on what the First Lady has done through the “Let’s Move” initiative to encourage…

River Co. offers on-river teacher workshop with Project Learning Tree

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

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Excerpt: The River Company, along with Idaho Project Learning Tree, is offering an on-river teacher workshop focusing on Wildfires & Weeds, Aug 2-3, 2010. $95 covers workshop fee, raft trip and lunches. Optional university credit is available. On the river and in the classroom, this workshop will address wildfires and invasive species with both a local and statewide focus. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on PLT activities, enhance teaching skills, plan ways to use PLT activities to accomplish existing curricular goals and meet state education standards, join the growing community of educators who believe in PLT’s approach to education,…

Dogs of The River Company

Monday, April 5th, 2010

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Excerpt: It is true. At certain times of the year it seems that Stanley has more dogs than human inhabitants. And at The River Company we do love our dogs. On that note, we would like to welcome another addition to the family. Guide Mark Martin recently became the proud father of Rainy, the cutest (and from what we hear, the most well-behaved) puppy there ever was. Check out these pics of Rainy and the other River Co. dogs.

Rainy: "Best" puppy in the world

Mangee...so regal

Ochoco the wonder pup


Idaho Snow

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

nov-12-snowAfter cold temps and rain, snow has arrived in Idaho.  River Rafters in Idaho are always excited to see snow.  Simply put water lovers get to play with twice.  First in the mountains in the winter and then we get to raft and kayak on it with you in the summer months.   We have our fingers crossed for a great snow year after the past 2 years of great water flows. With any luck we will be skiing by Thanksgiving in Idaho.

Planning your Stanley Idaho Vacation

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Planning your Stanley, Idaho vacation just got easier. Our good friends at the Stanley-Sawtooth Chamber of Commerce just re-designed their website. If you are planning other activities than rafting in Stanley, the new site breaks down nicely horseback trail rides, mountain bike rides, fishing, and other Stanley Idaho Events. Take a moment and browse the site. I am sure they would like feedback as well. See you in Stanley this summer, Dave

Sun, sun, sun

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

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Excerpt: June in the Stanley Basin and Sun Valley seemed more like Seattle than sunny Idaho. Good news is in the forecast. Sunny skies and temps in the mid 70’s to 80’s downriver. We now have trips departing daily.  If you are looking for rafting in Sun Valley we recommend our famous “Sun Valley Lunch” trip departing at 10:30 daily.  If you are closer to Stanley or on a schedule take a look at our “Stanley Half Day” at 1:30. We would love to see you.  Below is photo of Jeff’s great run through Piece of Cake…

Sun Valley Rafting Kickoff

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

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Excerpt: The River Company Crew has been busy since opening on Memorial Day this year. With a great snow pack we have been able to run our Class IV white-water trips almost daily. The more water the better on the Upper Main Salmon River and this year has delivered. Below are a few images from “Shotgun” and the “Dam”. If you would like to join us, give us a call at 800-398-0346. Located a short 56 mile drive from Sun Valley, Idaho we are your rafting company for Sun Valley Rafting. [caption id=”attachment_63″ align=”aligncenter” width=”500″ caption=”Shotgun at about…

Sun Valley Discounts

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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Excerpt: Sun Valley is having a lodging sale.  If you are on the fence whether to plan your Idaho vacation this sale might help.  50% off all rooms, suites, and cottage rates. More information below. If you take advantage of this great deal, don’t forget to come visit The River Company for some Sun Valley Rafting. For 72 hours only, May 15 through Sunday, May 17 receive 50% OFF all room, suite and cottage* rates at Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho. Valid for reservations beginning June 5th and ending October 13th, 2009. Offer not applicable to groups or packages and is subject…

Stanley Lodging and Rafting Special

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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Excerpt: We have partnered with Valley Creek Motel to offer a lodging discount from Memorial Day weekend to June 11th. Valley Creek’s standard Price $110 for 1 person and 5 dollars for additional person. When you book a trip with The River Company they will be offering lodging at $80 for two people. We will discount your rafting trip 10% as well. To receive the discount book a trip with us by calling 800-398-0346. You may then call Valley Creek at 208-774-3606. Please mention that you have booked a trip with us when making your reservation. We…

Sun and summer on the mind

Monday, April 6th, 2009

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Excerpt: The sun is finally shining in Idaho.  These last two weeks have blessed us with more snow bringing our yearly snow totals in the Stanley basin to 100%.  With some much needed sun on our faces we are thinking about our summer plans.   These are trying times and we want to remain optimistic.  We would like to offer a $5 dollar discount to our returning guests this year.  When you call to confirm a reservation just let us know you heard about the discount on our blog.  We know it is a small thing, but we would love to have…

Salmon River Update

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

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Excerpt: Winter is finally here in the Sawtooth Valley.  Sun Valley Company sounds optimistic about opening new terrain and we have more snow in the forecast.  For those of you who float with The River Company, we have some interesting news.  They are replacing the old O’Brien bridge.  Carol King was generous in donating monies to put in a temporary bridge.  On Dec 11th however the construction team ran into a bit of a glitch as half of the bridge fell into the river.  The crew removed the bridge from the river in record time and they are now nearing completion. King…

Great food and a great price for August

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Have you been with The River Company before? All returning guests will receive a 10% discount on our river trips with lunch in the month of August. We want to thank all of our great guests that have helped us have another great season in 2008.  With the best water levels we have seen in years and hot summer days we are all smiles at The River Company.   When booking your trip please mention our website to receive your discount. All the best, Dave and Heather

Idaho River Rafting Trips and Good Food

Monday, March 24th, 2008

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Excerpt: The River Company was proud to host the Stanley stop for Taste and Tour Idaho, a media tour of Idaho highlighting Idaho food and wine. After touring Idaho’s wine country and vineyards the team of writers and Idaho representatives was ready for a bit of Idaho whitewater adventure. Not to be outdone by the rest of the tour, we served Organic Lava Lake lamb, All-natural Snake River Farms beef, fresh Idaho grown potatoes, and locally grown greens. Although this menu is not our daily trip offering, if you are looking for a private group rafting trip we would love to…

Outdoor Education based River Trips

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

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Excerpt: The River Company is excited to announce the introduction of our educational youth trips for the 2008 summer rafting season. These trips are not only fun and exciting, but educational at the same time. We feel that learning through hands-on experience is an essential part of this whitewater rafting trip. Understanding their surroundings will help kids build a strong relationship with this area by fostering an awareness and appreciation of this unique ecosystem. Depending on whether you decide to do a half-day trip or full-day trip the following topics will be addressed: History of Stanley Basin: Native Americans, Trappers and Miners, Oh…

February River Co Updates

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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Excerpt: Idaho snow pack continues to grow in the month of February. As of February 19th the Salmon River Basin is sitting at 120%. Great news for Boaters! The last week has seen welcome high pressure and sunny days giving us the opportunity to dig out. We are starting to hear from our staff as the river season approaches. Tom is enjoying graduate school at Vanderbilt and planning a mid summer trip to Africa. Sean and D’Layne are in Sun Valley ski patrolling and getting ready to dive back into nursing school. Sean plans on riding his bike to New York to…

Eddy out with The River Company Blog

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

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Excerpt: Welcome to the new blog for The River Company.  We will be posting here often letting you know whats new with The River Company Family.  If you would like you can subscribe to this feed through RSS.  If you use My Yahoo, My AOL, or other feed services such as Bloglines you can just go ahead and subscribe by clicking the RSS link at the bottom of this post.  Things are great in Idaho with plentiful snow and lots of wood to keep us warm.  Feel free to contact us with any questions or if you would like us to…