North Fork, Idaho
On the Salmon "River of No Return", at the base of Lost
We are here to provide you with the
ultimate Lewis and Clark Adventure.
Experience the mountains as the
Corps of Discovery saw it 200 years ago.
Float the Salmon river with our experienced outfitters.
the rapids and discover why they called it, "The River of No Return,"
See if you can find the trail on "Lost Trail Pass."
This is "The
Ultimate" family vacation.
Our package trips take you on
the same trek that Lewis and Clark took through Idaho in August 1805 as
they searched for a way to the western sea. You'll learn about the Indian
woman guide Sacajawea, and learn about her heritage in the Lemhi and Salmon
valleys. You'll see vacation land very much the same as the Corps of Discovery,
Lewis and Clark, and Sacajawea found it in their historic journey.
Lewis & Clark Adventures will
take you there!
Entering Central Idaho on the Lewis & Clark Trail
you follow the Lewis and Clark trail into Lemhi county you will be walking
the ground of a unique and momentous drama on the way to the westward sea.
If you are following the trail from Three Forks,
and Dillon Montana, you will enter Idaho over Lemhi Pass, follow the Lemhi River
down to the Salmon River, and then follow the Salmon on down to the North Fork
of the Salmon. From there the Corps
took a short detour down the Salmon River, and then headed up the North Fork to
Lost Trail Pass; back again, into Montana territory.
The Corps of Discovery began their journey into Idaho with the
momentous meeting of Sacajawea and her brother. We have the following report
from the Nicholas Biddle Journal published in 1914:
She came into the tent, sat down, and was
beginning to interpret, when, in the person of Cameahwait, she recognized
her brother. She immediately jumped up, and ran and embraced him,
throwing over him her blanket, and weeping profusely. The Chief was himself
moved, though not in the same degree. After some conversation between them
she resumed her seat and attempted to interpret for us; but her new
situation seemed to over power her, and she was frequently interrupted by
this incredible meeting, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, guided by Sacajawea and
her band, headed up over Lemhi pass on August 12, 1805, and down into the Lemhi
Valley. It took the party ten days to travel down the Lemhi and Salmon valleys
to the mouth of the North Fork, another momentous point on the trail, and where our Lewis
and Clark Adventures begin.
We will take you through the country where the
Corps encountered some of the greatest challenges on their journey: this is
where they faced the impassable rapids on the "River of No Return",
abandoned the idea of a waterway to the west, and headed up over Lost Trail
Pass-- where they
lost the trail heading back into Montana.
The Beginning of Our
Lewis and Clark Adventure
adventure tour begins near the crossroads of the Salmon River, and the
Fork of the Salmon. Please see our Prices page to
select your custom trip package.
After traveling the upper Lemhi County portion of the
Lewis and Clark Trail, we know you will be tired and ready to settle
into our wilderness scenery. Your first night will be spent at the
rustic Broken Arrow Resort
just up the North Fork River in Gibbonsville, Idaho. Quaint log cabins
share bathrooms and showers located in a central building. Each cabin
is furnished with rustic period beds, dressers, and stocked bookcases
- these cabins might qualify for the National Register of Historic
You are on your own for dinner the first night,
and have a selection of restaurants in North Fork, or Salmon
next morning begins the waterway portion of our trip. North
Fork Guides will take you on a one or two day journey down the Salmon River. With river rafts and experienced guides
you will encounter, and conquer, the very rapids that caused the
Corp's exploration party to abandon the idea of a waterway to the
On the one day trip you will be fed a delicious
lunch. On the two day trip you are supplied with a comfortable camp
and lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch again on the final day.
At the end of your water journey you will be
returned to The Broken Arrow for a good night's sleep.
final part of your adventure will be on horseback through the historic landscape of Lost Trail Pass. Once again you have a choice of a one or two day
trip. You will be in the hands of the experienced guides and horsemen from Keating
Outfitters. The mounts are sturdy mountain horses. While
there, you can fish for trout and enjoy the pristine beauty of Allen Lake while
your outfitter cooks a cowboy lunch. Maybe you can discover for yourself the
lost trail of Lost Trail Pass - or perhaps you can pull the secret out of Earl
Keating, who speaks of this portion of the trail with a knowing twinkle in his
to and from the trailhead to Gibbonsville is provided. A one day trip includes a
delicious lunch. Overnight trips include all camp equipment and meals beginning
with lunch on day one through lunch on day two.
At the end of your Idaho journey you will again be resting
at The Broken Arrow resort. You will have gained a full experience of the Salmon,
Idaho portion of the Lewis and Clark trail and all the Lewis and Clark
Adventures of our unique valley.
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