Best Off-Road Backcountry Idaho Lodges & Resorts

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If you explore the great outdoors at all, you already know some of the best places on earth are far beyond the road’s end.

Hidden in the folds of our beautiful state of Idaho are oases that miraculously meld creature comforts with authentic wilderness experiences.

One of the best off-road, backcountry lodges among many notable Idaho Lodges and Resorts is Mackay Bar Ranch.

Mackay Bar Ranch sits 340 miles from Idaho’s capital, Boise, on the shores of the Salmon River, embraced by the magical Frank Church “River of No Return” Wilderness.  The Main Salmon River winds its way through this massive wilderness area and is celebrated as the longest undammed, free-flowing river contained in a single state among the lower 48.

Mackay Bar Ranch is on the Salmon River

Near Riggins, Idaho, guests are picked up at a Vinegar Creek boat ramp, and transported via jet boat along  the winding Main Salmon River with supplies and luggage in tow,  approximately 22 miles up-river into the heart of this remote Idaho wilderness location.   You’ll arrive at the white sandy beach that beckons you into this dreamscape for the duration of your stay.

Boasting one of the few private airstrips on the Salmon River, a handful of Mackay Bar Ranch guests opt to “fly-in” with their private planes for a scenic adventure that begins high above the span of mountain peaks and rugged canyons of Central Idaho.

In addition to unparalleled landscapes that guests enjoy with unquenchable thirst,  Mackay Bar Ranch provides an all-inclusive experience featuring amenities that are on par with any top tier urban and city lodges and resorts.   Hot home-cooked style meals of the freshest veggies and salad, rustic baked breads, the finest cuts of meats, homemade desserts and selections of wine and beer that compliment every bite.

Accommodations are beautifully decorated in a rustic style that presents an atmosphere of comfort, quality and great backcountry fashion.  Each cabin and private room includes a private bathroom with hot showers.

Three cabins, four private rooms and the main  lodge make up the facilities at our Idaho lodge.

On TripAdvisor.com Mackay Bar Ranch enjoys a strong 5 star rating that reflects on the customer centric venue and the total experience for groups hosted.   We’d like to share a few of the most recent to highlight the potential adventure for your own group of family and friends.

July 2018
Multi Generation Family Adventure
We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay at Mackay Bar! From the moment we were met at Vinegar Creek Boat launch we were treated like family and launched into our weekend adventure. We enjoyed fishing, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, bridge jumping, trips to Buckskin Bill’s for beer and ice cream (try the Porter Float), exciting jet boat rides and delicious home cooked meals. Buck and Joni are excellent hosts and their crew ( Shauna, Aunt Sue, Justin) are all amazing. Accommodations were comfortable and private, perfect for getting a good night’s rest for the next day’s adventure! My only complaint about the trip was that it came to an end. We can’t wait to go back!”   Link to TripAdvisor Review.

July 2018
The Perfect Wedding!
Magical! Perfect! Joni, Buck, Dax and the whole crew at Mackay Bar Guest Ranch made us feel both welcome and at home. They completely pampered us!!! The food was amazing and the activities…jet boating, bridge jumping, fishing, horseback riding, etc.!!! We never wanted to leave!!! They did all the hard work and decorating for our wedding and, I can honestly say, I’ve never been to a more beautiful wedding!!!  Link to TripAdvisor Review

June 2018
Amazing fly in destination!
Our entire group could not say enough great things about Mackay Bar! We flew in and there was plenty of space for 5 airplanes and 2 helicopters. Everything was top notch. From the food to the rooms and the hospitality from the entire staff. We will be back next year! A jet boat tour is a must!   For a destination this far from civilization I would call this LUXURY! Not expensive for everything you get! A great value. Highly recommended!!  Link to TripAdvisor Review

Due to the remote location of this Idaho lodge far from what one might call “civilization”, and the need to haul all supplies in, from food to fuel and other supplies, allocations for reserved groups make it unrealistic to accommodate drop-in guests.   With a 6 person minimum, Mackay Bar Ranch requires reservations and caters to groups of 6 or more including family groups, wedding groups, travel groups and also corporate groups.   We also host specific dates during the summer season for “couples only” events so that we can accommodate those who aren’t part of a group,  but desire the opportunity to experience our Idaho Lodge & Resort with their main squeeze.  We encourage all interested parties to subscribe to our monthly blog or follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay in touch.

No matter if you’re planning a family vacation or seeking a unique destination wedding or other group adventure,  your search of Idaho lodges and resorts has delivered a premium venue worthy of your attention.

Once you experience Mackay Bar Ranch, you’ll never be the same.

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