YOUR YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION IN THE HEART OF IDAHO
Challis is the ideal base camp for recreating and exploring the vast 3 million acres of Custer County. Challis, a town of just over 1000 residents, is a quaint rural town and the perfect setting for your ideal mountain base camp. Opportunities for adventure abound in an area in which recreation such as hunting, fishing, hiking, cross-county running, off-road travel and more can be experienced in area of diverse natural beauty. Relaxing more your thing? Try camping under starry skies and taking a soak in natural hot springs.
Does history fascinate you? Then you will be captivated by touring the Land of the Yankee Fork Park, North Custer Museum, the ghost towns of Custer, Bonanza, Bayhorse and the behemoth gold dredge on the Yankee Fork. Imagine life in a historic mining camp. Trace the trail where wagons carried food and supplies from Challis to the Yankee Fork Mining District by driving the Custer Motorway.
Miles and miles of gravel roads, 50 inch and single-track trails traverse our high mountain desert terrain and forested mountains. From town, off road explorers can reach high ridge tops from the Lombard Trail and visit the historic Twin Peaks Fire lookout or trailer to Double Springs and explore the backside of Mt Borah. OHV travel can provide beautiful and exciting adventures in the remote mountains or broad valley of central Idaho.
The crystal-clear Salmon River and its tributaries are home to rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout. Fall migration of the steelhead from the Pacific begins a long fishing season that lasts through spring. Pristine high mountain lakes guarded by mountain peaks require some hiking to reach, but the trip is well worth your effort. Take your kids to Challis’ Blue Mountain Pond and watch their eyes light up as they land a feisty steelhead or rainbow trout.