Mystic Saddle Ranch offers many horse related activities. Stanley Idaho is the jumping off spot for our multi-day horse pack trips into the Sawtooth Wilderness and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. These trips vary in length from 1 to 16 days. We are a custom company and pride ourselves on making the trip fit the group wants and desires. Hiking with packstock, base camps, moving camps, short trips, long trips, fully catered and drop camps are a few of the trips we offer.
Fly fishing trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River are becoming ever more popular. Fish this outstanding river for native Cutthroat and Rainbow trout. Fishing in this area is catch and release for Cutthroat trout to insure the continuance of this high quality fishing experience. Fish, relax and enjoy this special Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area.
Our shorter rides of 1 hour, 1.5 hour, half day and all day horseback trail rides are offered at Redfish Lake Corrals at Redfish Lake. These horse trail rides in Stanley offer great views, gentle horses and some wonderful memories for those who don’t have time to do our longer horse pack wilderness back country trips.
Your adventure awaits….
Established in 1969
Stanley Basin History & Sawtooth Wilderness
The Sawtooth Wilderness lies in the high country of central Idaho, about an hour's drive from Sun Valley. This is a wilderness of spectacular beauty, where granite mountains reach up to touch clear, azure skies and are reflected back again in gem-blue lakes. The three hundred miles of trail lead you through glacial valleys, alpine meadows and snow-fed streams. This area was set aside in 1972 by Congress to be preserved for you and your children as the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
The Stanley Basin was first discovered by Alexander Ross along with trappers in pursuit of furs in the mid 1800's. In this high mountain valley, they found Shoshone Indians peacefully inhabiting the area while fishing for salmon and hunting its wildlife. Soon the gold rush of the late 1800's brought people to this area in search of their fortune. As gold was depleted, homesteaders moved in to graze the lush valleys with herds of cattle and sheep.
Horse access into the White Cloud and Sawtooth Mountains was available by outfitters as early as 1910. This hidden gem in Idaho remained largely unknown until the early 1960's. In 1972, Congress saw fit to set aside this area as the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to retain the western pastoral setting that you see today.
The wilderness experience in the Sawtooth Mountains has been captured in photos and words over the last several years by National Geographic, Sunset Magazine, Travel & Leisure and public television's Outdoor Idaho. The writers and photographers in these and other publications have joined other guests of Mystic Saddle Ranch on pack trips to enjoy the splendor of the Sawtooth Wilderness. We hope that you will join us to enjoy and renew your spirit in the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains.
We are recreation service partners with the U.S. Forest Service operating with a special use permit in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area & Salmon Challis National Forest. We are licensed and bonded outfitters and guides under license by the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board.
NOTE: Because of safety, we do not allow double riding, children must be 6 years old to ride and maximum weight is 250 pounds.