Travel and Lodging

The closest airport is in Boise (BOI).  The Friday sprint will be 20-30 minutes from the airport depending on traffic.  Stanley is approximately 3 hours drive from Boise, with the quickest route being ID 55 to Banks to Garden Valley to Lowman, rather than through Idaho City.  Cell coverage near Stanley can be very limited depending on your provider and distance from town.  Expect minimal coverage on the map and camping areas.


At this time, no discount is available for Stanley lodging given limited capacity and seasonal demand.  These rooms can fill up very quickly with seasonal demand (especially river trips), so it is strongly recommended to reserve as early as possible if a hotel is preferred.
  • Mountain Village Resort – has standard rooms (2 queens, in old or remodeled options at different prices) and larger suites (6-8 people).  Phone:  (208) 774-3661.  The operating manager for the winter month is Candy.  Mention the Gold Rush Orienteering Champs, if enough reserve we will have the option of using the conference room at no charge for the AGM.
  • Stanley High Country Inn – phone at (208) 774-7000, or reserve online.  Requires the first night as a deposit (single queen or single king rooms), four suites that contain two beds, and cabins or cabinettes require a two night stay with two nights deposit.
  • Valley Creek Lodge – call (208) 774-3606 after 2nd week of February to reserve.  Also has an RV park (no tents).  Reservations by credit card; cancellations up until two weeks before, then no refunds.
 The chamber of commerce in Stanley here has a more comprehensive list.


Open group camping will be available near the Dutch Lake map and just off ID-21.  This camping area will also be the primary parking area for Sunday.  CTOC is charging $10 per person to provide port-a-potties at this location along with water supplies.  More details TBD.

The closest USFS campgrounds with vault toilets is the Thatcher campground at $10/night, with five sites available, but there are a number of campsites within a short drive in both the Salmon-Challis (Cape Horn area) and Sawtooth (Stanley Lake and Hwy 21 area) national forests.