Scenic drive Sun Valley to Stanley

Sun Valley to Stanley

Why You Need to Make the Scenic Drive from Sun Valley to Stanley

As you venture from Sun Valley to Stanley, you’ll experience how incredible our mountainous region truly is. Highway 75 is one of the most magnificent stretches of highway in the Midwest. On this scenic stretch, you’ll be surrounded by the Sawtooth National Forest and the breathtaking Sawtooth Mountains. Whether you have itinerary in mind or you just want drive and appreciate the beauty of our landscape, this 1-hour journey will be an outstanding addition to your family vacation!

Before planning your Sun Valley to Stanley, Idaho, trip, request 24-hour access to our free Online Vacation Guide! You’ll find our top recommendations for local restaurants, stunning beaches, and outdoor adventures. Our guide also features the rustic cabins and on-site amenities at Redfish Lake Lodge!

Things to See on Your Journey from Sun Valley to Stanley

With an array of wonderful activities to enjoy in Central Idaho, you’re sure to make the most of your time with us. On your trip from Sun Valley to Stanley, read over our local insights and find out everything you’ll see on this exciting expedition.


Galena Summit Overlook

Situated off of Highway 75, about 30 miles into your Sun Valley to Stanley trip, you’ll see a sign “Galena Summit, EL. 8,701 ft.” There is also a small lot on the right-hand side of the road where you can park and enjoy the crisp mountain air. One of the most scenic mountain passes in America, the Galena Summit Overlook provides panoramic views of the vast Sawtooth Valley. This delightful lookout is the perfect place to see the snow-covered mountains in our colder months as well as a gorgeous sunrise or stunning sunset throughout the year!

Smiley Creek

Located 38 miles from Sun Valley, Smiley Creek is a small area just off of Highway 75. When you want to stretch your legs, stop by the Smiley Creek Lodge. This rustic establishment features an inviting restaurant filled with aromas of regionally inspired cuisine and a quaint ice cream shop offering some of the most delicious handmade milkshakes in Central Idaho. You can also find a small store featuring novelties from our area!

Native Wildlife

On your drive through our rugged area, you’ll see a variety of wildlife. In fact, many of these creatures are walking along the side of the road. You’ll have the unique opportunity to see species, including Deer, Sandhill Cranes, and Pronghorn Antelope in their native habitats! There are also signs next to the road saying, “Stock Crossing” and “Game Crossing,” so be on the lookout!

Relax at Redfish Lake Lodge

After you make the drive from Sun Valley to Stanley, immerse yourself in our Redfish Lake Lodge or Redfish Riverside Inn. Our two gorgeous properties offer the perfect outdoor adventures for your vacation. Each of these rustic retreats is surrounded by the towering Sawtooth Mountains and the Sawtooth National Forest!

When you stay at either property, you’ll have access to the many resort amenities at Redfish Lake Lodge. If you want to spend your time on the water, check out the variety of rentals at our Marina. Or, if you want to plan the perfect sightseeing adventure, hike or bike along the 4-mile Fishhook Creek Trail in the morning and go horseback riding with our trained guides on our Redfish Corrals in the afternoon!

After you experience the great outdoors, refuel at one of our three on-site restaurants: Limbert’s at Redfish, the Rustic Lounge, and the Lakeside Grill. As the sun sets, walk out to our dock and be mesmerized by the beautiful stars overhead. In fact, since our area is far from city lights that dim your view of the night sky, you can actually see the Milky Way. Don’t miss your opportunity to see it.

We can’t’ wait to host you and your family this year!

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