The best mountain biking trails near Salmon

Because most of the area that surrounds River's Fork Lodge is located in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, you won't find a lot of developed single track mountain biking trails. What you will find, however, is a lot of space to explore, views that extend forever, and abundant wildlife.

Less than two miles from our lodge is the trailhead for the Wagonhammer trail system, which features over 45 trails that lead into the mountains of the Beaverhead Range, directly east of our property. If you're feeling extremely ambitious and a little crazy, you could theoretically climb 5000 feet to the Continental Divide. If you do this, let us know about it so we can shower you with praise. All of the trails are two-way so you're also free to turn around at any point. Additionally, Elk Trail Loop is a hard 15 mile loop with an elevation gain of 3000 feet.

Closer to the town of Salmon is the Discovery Hill trail system, which has more than 65 trails to explore, including Slump Gulch Loop, an 8-mile trail with moderate climbs.

If you're not really feeling the trails, many of our guests go cruising down River Road on their bikes. This is a fun way to view wildlife and see the river, but be careful because you'll be sharing the road with cars.

A good ride deserves a good rest

After your ride, you'll probably be a little tired and looking for a cozy bed. Make your reservation at River's Fork Lodge so you can spend your night resting in a room next to the iconic Salmon River.