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Central Region
Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters
Mountain Bluebird ©
Mountain Bluebird
Picnic Table ©
It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
Nature of the Area
Welcome to the Sawtooth National Forest! The Sawtooth National Forest is a very special place here in the heart of Idaho. We hope you will take the time to learn about this "working/producing" National Forest. Managing and protecting your land is most challenging - not only because of the vastness of this land, but because of the varied, and sometimes conflicting, interests and values that you the owners of this land hold near and dear. Managing and protecting this land, for today and as well as future generations, means listening and working with other agencies, implementing the laws mandated by Congress, exercising our best professional judgment and working with you, the shareholders of this National Forest. We sincerely hope that you will always feel free to question what and how we are doing, and more importantly become involved in our processes as we plan and make decisions regarding the management of this National Forest. We are the stewards of your land - a job that we take a great deal of pride and satisfaction in. If at any time there is anything we can do to help make your time here more enjoyable. Our employees are here to serve you.
National Forests not only provide the scenic beauty that Recreational Vehicle (RVs) enthusiasts seek, but have many RV-ready campgrounds and sanitary pump-out stations as well as hookups. Hours, fees and seasonal restrictions vary from site to site. For detailed information contact the local Forest Service office directly or contact the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) by phone at 1-877-444-6777 or TDD 1-877-833-6777.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters is located near Hailey


Horseback riding is a unique way to experience the backcountry--especially in western America. Many scenic areas in Intermountain Region can be experienced only by trail or off-trail riding. Special care must be taken to minimize your impact to the natural resources when using horses or other pack stock. Smaller parties mean less impact.

Before you go, contact the local Forest Service office for maps and regulations concerning campsites with stock facilities, any permits needed, campfire restrictions, party size limitation, available grazing sites, trail conditions, area closures, and more.

To prevent the introduction and/or spread of noxious weeds ALL stock feed must be certified weed- and seed-free in the National Forests of the Intermountain Region. Ask your local land managers about available grazing and restrictions, so you know how much supplemental feed to bring and where to camp.

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