Challis, Idaho, nestled in the heart of the Frank Church Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states offers endless opportunities for fun, recreation and adventure.
Kick off your summer with the Challis Mountain Lilac Festival. The festival starts in May continues through the month of June, and includes several spectacular events; such as the Challis Arts Fest, MadDog Gallery exhibits outdoor concerts, golf and bowling tournaments, The Round Valley Horse Show & Kenney Madsen Memorial Roping and the Classy Chassis Show & Shine Car Show. There is something for everyone.
High summer means the shooting the heart stopping rapids on the River of No Return and hiking, biking or OHV’ing on mountain trails in the surrounding high desert & forest. If your idea of high adventure involves a round of golf and a cold beverage, you are in luck. You can enjoy both at the mile high Challis Municipal Golf Course with site of the spectacular russet and buff colored slopes of the Lost River Range. You can immerse yourself in the rich mining history of the area by visiting the Yankee Fork Interpretive Center, the North Custer Museum. Stretch your legs with the walking guide to Historic Challis. Then relive history by exploring the Custer Motorway, the old mule train supply route and visit the old ghost towns of Custer and Bonanza.
Chilly nights and cool mornings signal the coming of fall in the mountains of Central Idaho and Challis offers visitors both adventure and tranquility. Book a trip with one of the local outfitters to hunt or fish. Or simply relax and unwind by taking a soak in the natural hot springs and admire the beauty that surrounds you. As fall fades into winter, pack up your snowshoes and skis, or hop on your snowmobile and enjoy pristine winter landscape.
Bald eagles perched in the cottonwoods along the Salmon River are a sure sign of spring. It is the best opportunity to catch the steelhead swimming upriver. Enter your catch in the annual derby. Dine and Dance the night away at the Steelheaders’ Ball.
No matter what time of year you choose to visit, settle in at one of the many lodging accommodations available in our area. Challis hosts motels, unique bed & breakfast and inns, campgrounds and RV parks. Relax and dine at a local restaurant and meander up Main Street to browse through gift shops and the MadDog Gallery to find that special memento to remember your special time spent in the Wild West. Make yourself at home in Challis. We invite you to make our town your vacation destination. Enjoy small town hospitality and make new friends in the heart of Idaho.