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  • Established

    1930
  • Owner

    Diana Kapp, David Singer, Courtney Kapp, Steve Kapp
  • Manager

    Sandra Beckwith, Lodge Manager and Bill Leavell, Property Manager
  • Tel

    208. 774-3544
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $225 - $385
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $200 - $300
  • Minimum Stay

    No minimum stay
  • Maximum Guests

    50
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Idaho Outfitters and Guides

The moment you step onto the front porch of the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, you feel its magic. With the incomparable Sawtooth Mountains and Salmon River as backdrop, this historic, Ranch welcomes you to a uniquely authentic western experience -- adventure, relaxation, fine cuisine and amenities and hospitality that keeps you coming back.

Surrounded by more wilderness than anywhere in the lower 48, set in one of the most majestic regions of the country, -- the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, -- our guests are free to choose from the limitless outdoor adventures available, both on the Ranch and in this spectacular area -- without the crowds! Our open schedules and relaxed atmosphere, combined with our gracious, knowledgeable staff's assistance, allow guests a truly custom experience. Fine food and amenities add the finishing touches to the Idaho Rocky expereince, where guests, owners and staff reflect the western tradition of wholehearted enjoyment of life's possibilities.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 5 and over

Children of all ages are welcome at the ranch, and our staff assists each family in arranging on-ranch and area activities that are fun, as well as age and ability appropriate.

We offer an early children's dinner on all 4 of our fine dining nights per week. Three of these nights after dinner children 5 years and older may participate in a children' play hour from 6:00-9:00pm. On these evenings, staff organizes games, activities, and stories for children to enjoy. This is an informal hour, and children are free to join in as they wish.

Activities

hiking, biking, outdoor play area, cookouts, whitewater rafting, floating, All Ranch activities are open to children, with their families. The staff spends time with each family, making sure they know all of the on-Ranch and area activities available and age-appropriate for their children.

Games

scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, soccer, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, Backgammon, croquet. Scavenger hunts are often part of the children's hour.

Riding based activities

pony rides, trail riding, Trail rides are for children 6 years and older. Younger children may enjoy a pony ride in the corral area.

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 13.

Baby Sitting Provided By

Crew members, who have indicated a willingness to babysit, and then are introduced to the family, for parents to make the babysitting arrangements.

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

The goal of the Kapp-Singer families, who purchased the Ranch in 2005, is to be 'authentic' in all areas, -- architecture, activities, food, entertainment and an option to 'unplug'. Exemplary of this is the artful renovation of the Lodge and Cabins, on the National Register of Historic Places, that honors this designation, with architectural details preserved and improvements made that speak to the Ranch's history and connect guests to a unique western experience.

The Ranch guest season is mid-June to mid-September. White water rafting is best early in June, July and early August, hiking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding are available all season, with spring's onset influencing availability of the higher elevation destinations.

Ranch History

We're extremely proud of Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch's rich history, and each of the 4 families who have nurtured and preserved its heritage since it's inception in 1930. Constructed of native lodgepole pine by a crew of 60 men including stonemasons and iron workers, the Ranch is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

In February 2005, the IRMR was acquired by the Kapp-Singer families. Owners Steve and Courtney Kapp, and David Singer and Diana Kapp, all hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and fly fishing enthusiasts, fell in love with the Sawtooth Mountains and their endless recreation possibilities. Their passion to restore authentic details shows in the artfully renovated Lodge and cabins, which honor the Ranch’s historic integrity, while enhancing the guest experience.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    buffet style, meals roll with days activities, children dine separately, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    BYOB, available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    farm fresh eggs, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, other

Chef Clint provides a unique dining experience where people can enjoy the magical union of food, wine and atmosphere, through a deep and abiding love for all three components, and meticulous attention to detail.

Whether in the magnificent lodge dining room, having a dutch-oven cookout at the rustic meadow site or enjoying a BBQ outside on the porch and picnic area, Clint's passion for great food and excellent wine informs your experience. Clint strives to make all items on his menu in-house, using local, organic, sustainable products whenever possible, showcasing them in his creative dishes. High quality and fresh ingredients are of the utmost importance to the owners and Chef.

Three nights a week guests savor Chef Clint's evening meals in the dining room with seating bistro-style, from 6:30-8:30pm, at intimate tables for two,or larger tables enjoying the camaraderie of other guests. Two barbecues, one Dutch oven dinner, and one wood-fired brick oven delicacies dinner, served buffet style 6:30-8:00pm, round out the week's evening meals.

Guest Favourites

  • Cast-Iron Lava Lake Lamb Chops w/ Local Fennel-Red Onion Marmalade Roasted Spring Vegetable Hash and Charred Grape Tomatoes
  • Baked Housemade Ricotta Free Form Ravioli Asparagus, Idaho Fresh Morels, Leeks and Parmesan-Reggiano
  • Washington Dungeness Crab Cake w/ Chili-Garlic Aioli Local Warm Red Fingerling Potato, Summer Squash, Tri-Color Beans and Black Kale Salad

Your Chef, Clint McCann

We’re excited to introduce Executive Chef Clinton McCann. Clint’s passion for food and thoughtful creativity lead his exploration “to discover the terroir of the Sawtooths, beginning with great, high quality ingredients and maintaining their integrity to provide elegant, rustic, guest-pleasing cuisine”.

Clint began cooking with his mother and grandmother as a young child in Eden Valley, Minnesota and Springfield, Louisiana. At age 4, he insisted on making his own birthday cake. The energy and exhilaration of the professional kitchen were Clint’s siren call when he worked as a dishwasher at age 16. A career was launched.

Clint has served as Executive Chef on both coasts: In California at the Manhattan Country Club, Manhattan Beach, and Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena; and Delmonico’s in New York City. Previously, he had been Sous Chef at Roy’s in New York, and Blue Pepper Market in Ft. Myers. A summer in Homer, Alaska rekindled Clint’s love of small towns and remote locations.

Clint creates food that he believes reflects the breathtaking atmosphere of the Sawtooth Mountains, through careful product selection, thoughtful menu design and meticulous preparation.

Lowdown

  • Address

    HC 64 Box 9934
    Stanley
    Idaho
    83278
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    6600 ft
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k acres

Nearest Town - Stanley

Stanley has a population of 100 (approx), and is situated 9 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Stanley include: grocery store, church, school, post office, medical clinic, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Stanley offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear.

Rental car

Required

Nearest Airports

Friedman Memorial, Sun Valley, ID

Distance

60 miles / 1 hour 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, Skywest, Horizon, Alaska

Rental car

Required


Boise , Boise, ID

Distance

130 miles / 3 hours

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Horizon, Northwest, Alaska, All major airlines

Rental car

Required


Magic Valley Regional Airport , Twin Falls, ID

Distance

120 miles / 3 hours

Airlines

Delta, Skywest, Other major airlines

Rental car

Required


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

Stanley or Smiley Creek Air Fields

Travel by

Airplane

Distance

9 miles

Rental car

Required

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Everyone rides together, Rides tailored to guest requests, Families ride together
  • Max riders per ride

    6
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk
  • Guest Horses

    25-30
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Morgan, Thoroughbred, Appaloosas, Draft, Draft Cross, Geldings, Mares, Studs
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 3 hours
    Afternoon - 3 hours
    Evening - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

The Ranch itself is 900 acres. There are a number of trails that leave from the Ranch into surrounding public lands, as well as trails that originate in the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains.

Public Land (more than 50k acres)

We ride on everything from flat lands at 6400 feet in elevation to extreme mountain trails at elevations above 10,000 feet.


Our Riding

Scheduled rides

We offer 1.5 hr, 3 hr. and all day rides for our guests each morning and afternoon as well as a special sunset ride. It is the guest's choice which ride, and how often they ride during their stay. The morning and evening rides have a better chance of seeing wild game. Rides for guests are a la carte.

Guided rides

All of our rides are guided

Good to know

While the Forest Service limits riding groups to 17, we limit our groups to 6 riders per wrangler. Children must be 6 years or older for trail rides. Pony rides are available for younger children.

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight

Hours in the saddle

We offer 1.5 hr, 3 hr. and all day rides for our guests, morning, afternoon and a special sunset ride. It is the guest's choice which ride, and how often they ride during their stay. The morning and late afternoon rides have a better chance of seeing wild game. Rides for guests are a la carte.


Why our riding stands out

  • We take a personal interest in each and every one of our guests.
  • The beauty of the area is unsurpassed.
  • The health and quality of our stock is exceptional.

Sample Riding Itinerary

Guests may schedule as many morning, afternoon and all day rides as they wish during their stay, informing the staff of particular trails they would like to ride. The back country pack trips are the perfect choice for anyone wishing to ride for more than 2 days.  Each of these trips is tailored to meet the needs of the group. 

Pack Trips

Pioneer Outfitters has a mountain base camp, and guests may arrange overnight pack trips. These are not part of the Ranch experience, but we are happy to facilitate these arrangements.

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $225 - $385
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $200 - $300
  • Minimum Stay

    No minimum stay
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch can cater for up to 50 guests. Accommodation includes Cabins and Lodges. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Two Cabin Duplex

Rates (Per Person)

$275 - $345

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Two complete and separate accommodations that share the same front porch, with an optional interior connecting door. One cabin has two twin beds and the other cabin has one king bed. Each cabin has a private bathroom and fireplace. Rates include hot breakfast, packed picnic lunch, dinner and many onsite activities. Rates are per adult, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy, children's and June and September rates are available.

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace

Cabin | King Cabin Accommodation

Rates (Per Person)

$275 - $345

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

A Cabin with one king bed, fireplace and private bath with either Oakley stone shower or deep bathtub, sharing a front porch with another Cabin accommodation in a duplex structure. Rates include hot breakfast, packed picnic lunch, dinner and many on-site activities. Rates are per adult, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy, children's and June and September rates are available.

Rooms

1

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace

Cabin | Twin Cabin Accommodation

Rates (Per Person)

$275 - $345

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

A Cabin with two twin beds, fireplace and private bath with either an Oakley stone shower or deep bathtub, sharing a front porch with another Cabin accommodation in a duplex structure. Rates include breakfast, packed picnic lunch, dinner and many onsite activities. Rates are per adult, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy, children's and June and September rates are available.

Rooms

1

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace

Cabin | Deluxe Honeymoon Cabin

Rates (Per Person)

$330 - $385

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

A Cabin with one king bed, fireplace and private bath with Oakley stone shower. Rates include breakfast, packed picnic lunch, dinner and many onsite activities. Rates are per adult, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy rate, June and Sept. rates are available.

Rooms

1

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace

Cabin | Deluxe Family Cabin

Rates (Per Person)

$330 - $385

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Two separate Cabin accommodations in a duplex structure, that share a front porch, each with one king bed. One Cabin has a fireplace and private bath with Oakley stone shower. The other Cabin has a fireplace, and a connected room with two twin beds, with which it shares an oversized bathroom with Oakley stone shower and deep bathtub. Rates include breakfast, packed picnic lunch, dinner and many onsite activities. Rates are per adult, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy, children's and June and September rates are available.

Rooms

3

Bathrooms

Private bathroom, Shared bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace

Lodge | Lodge Room

Rates (Per Person)

$225 - $270

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

A Room in the main Lodge with one queen bed and private bath with Oakley stone shower. Rates include breakfast, packed picnic lunch, dinner and many onsite activities. Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy and June and September rates are available.

Rooms

1

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace


Booking Policy

Rates are per person, based on double occupancy of accommodation. Single occupancy, June and September rates are available. a 60% deposit confirms your reservation. Your deposit, less a fee of 10% of the total reservation cost, will be refunded if cancellation is made at least 60 days prior to scheduled arrival. If cancellation or early departure notice is given within 60 days of scheduled arrival, you are responsible for the total reservation cost unless we are able to rebook the accommodations. A refund will be given for rebooked accommodations, less a fee of 10% of the total reservation cost.

Included in your stay

meals, lodging, tax, gratuity, 1.5 hour horseback ride for guests staying 4+ nights, mountain bikes, natural hot springs swimming pool, weekly casting clinic, weekly bike clinic with initiation ride, weekly yoga class, fishing on the Salmon River and in the stocked catch-and-release pond with paddleboat, weekly docent presentation and nature hike, live music 4 nights a week during dinner hours, children's program 3 nights a week during fine dining dinner hour, horseshoes, ping-pong, chess, lawn and board games.

Extras

Massage

Massages can be arranged on or off Ranch.

Other

Guided activities off-Ranch and horseback riding (except for ride for guests staying 4+ nts.) are a la carte. Rates above do not include 15% service charge and taxes.

Lowdown

  • You can borrow

    Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.

Onsite

Shopping

The Ranch has Patagonia & First Ascent apparel, hats, mugs, and other retail memento items for sale, as well as books by local authors concerning local topics. The town of Stanley, 9 miles north of the Ranch, has a number of retail establishments. And Sun Valley, Idaho, a 50 minute drive, is a retail-tourist mecca.

Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, wagon rides, bird watching

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot springs, River Swimming Hole


Fishing & Wildlife

We have spin rods for on-ranch use. Fly fishing rods are provided for the casting clinic and at other times can be rented through a local outfitter. As with all off-Ranch activities, the Ranch staff assists guests in arranging guided fishing excursions -- both walk and wade and floats.

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, river, stocked pond, stream, equipment available, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available, BYO equipment

Wildlife

Elk, pronghorn, deer, badger, wolves, coyote, black bear, moose, osprey, eagle, a wide variety of additional raptors and birdlife.


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 40-50. Corporations may arrange to use our Pavilion, or for exclusive occupancy of the Ranch, depending on their needs and size of the group. Smaller groups may also be accommodated.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 75-100. Wedding parties may arrange for use of our Pavilion, or for exclusive occupancy of the Ranch for their celebration, having 50 guests stay at the Ranch, with additional guests accommodated for the wedding, banquet and other events. Our website has additional information.


Local Attractions

Custer and Bonanza Ghost Towns

Custer has been restored and its walking tour provides a glimpse into the area's history, and its necessarily rugged first settlers.

Distance

25 miles / 45 mins

Rental car

Required


Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Center

The Stanley Interpretive and Historical Association maintains the museum, exhibiting Stanley and the area's colorful history.

Distance

9 miles / 15 mins

Rental car

Required


Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake is the "mountain beach scene", where canoes, kayaks and motorboats are available for rent, and a sandy beach is available for lounging and play.

Distance

4 miles / 15 mins

Rental car

Required

Top50 says

Highs

  • There's a wealth of activities available in a fantastic and scenic environment
  • A truly authentic Western experience: explore the richness of the culture (local authors, musicians and naturalists), the history and nature
  • The view from the front porch is amazing, there's the option to fully disconnect and superb relaxation opportunities
  • The freedom in scheduling meals as well as activity choices and times

Lows

  • Hours from a major airport, a rental car is necessary. However, the drive to the ranch is scenic and part of decompressing before entering their paradise. Renting a car allows for wider exploration of one of the country's most majestic areas – the Sawtooth National Recreation Area
  • All activities are not onsite, however the surrounding area is one of the most recreation-rich regions of the country, with limitless opportunities

Visitor Reviews

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Incredible Idaho Mountain Getaway

The Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is a fabulous mountain getaway in the Sawtooth Valley of Idaho. The views from this property are stunning. The lodge is located directly across from the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, a wilderness area with more hiking than one can possibly do in a lifetime! From the cozy cabins of IRMR, you can hike, bike, raft, ride horses, fish, soak in hot springs, you name it. The cabins are cozy with a western feel with very comfortable beds. In the summer, dinners rotate between western style bbq outside or fine dining inside. Breakfast is delicious and the coffee is really good (very important!). Yummy pack lunches are available to take with you on any excursion. Happy hour on the deck is often accompanied by live music. The sunsets are amazing. Did I mention the hot springs? After a long day in the wilderness, the hot spring pool is a dream. We have been here a couple of summers and will return for sure!

5 stars

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