Sawtooth Mountains

Sawtooth Avalanche Center

With COVID-19 infection rates soaring, more people are avoiding crowded ski areas and heading to the backcountry for winter sports and recreation. 

Rachel Cohen/Boise State Public Radio

A low-flying helicopter last weekend harassed a work crew building a public trail on an easement crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley in central Idaho, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Ethan Davis / Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Over the last few days, an unstable mix of rain and snow in Central Idaho has led to several avalanches. One of them destroyed two homes.


Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Summer in Idaho means escaping town for the state’s abundant backcountry offerings. One popular destination is Stanley. Campsites near the small town in the Sawtooths are getting upgrades.

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With up to a million people predicted to come to Idaho to watch the solar eclipse on August 21, the sky is big business. While day turning to night is rare to see, the night sky is a spectacle unto itself.


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With wildfires burning throughout southern Idaho and smoke from fires in neighboring states polluting the air, fire restrictions are beginning across much of the state this week.


National Weather Service Boise

If you've ever wondered what it's like to watch a mountain lake freeze before your eyes, you're in luck. A timelapse video of Redfish Lake shows the ice creeping across the water in a matter of seconds.

The webcam responsible for catching this footage is set up by the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association. Gary Gadwa is in charge of the nonprofit.

Greg Dusic / U.S. Forest Service

Fifty years ago, the Wilderness Act was signed into law, setting aside large areas of land in their natural state. Today, almost 110 million acres have been designated as wilderness by the U.S. Congress.

Idaho is celebrating the milestone with a lecture series in the shadow of the Sawtooth Wilderness Area, sandwiched between Atlanta and Stanley.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher / The Hidden Life of Wolves

In the 1990s, Jim and Jamie Dutcher set out to study and film a wolf pack. They camped for years in the Sawtooth Mountains living side by side with wolves in a controlled environment.  The couple now has a book, called “The Hidden Life of Wolves,” that was released this week.