Summer: Wild West Getaway
Below are a list of some of the activities available at the adventure resort. During your all-inclusive package stay, you'll choose from these activities as we plan and create your trip together!
Clearwater River Float or Kayak
Float the Clearwater River aboard rafts, tubes, or for those looking for a bigger challenge, your own sit-on-top kayak!
For the first time we will be offering an activity called “River Flying.” The Clearwater River is crystal clear and in the summer ranges from 65-75 degrees. Guests will don masks, snorkels, fins, elbow and knee pads, a helmet and a PFD and head downriver head first. In the sections where the river is only 2-3’ deep it feels as if you are flying at high speed over rocks and fish! Min. Age 16
Also known as "Beachboy Surfing" or simply "SUP," is spreading in popularity all over the world. A great core workout and fun to do, we keep a few paddle boards on hand for guests to take out with or without a guide on the gentler and deeper sections of the river.
Guided Hike to Japanese Internment Camp
A nice and easy walk up Canyon Creek to visit the ruins of a Japanese Internment camp from the days of WWII. This is an amazing story and important part of our country’s history. After this we go to the Lochsa Historical Ranger Station to learn more about the early years of the Forest Service and their important role in shaping the West.
Guided Hike in the Bitterroot to the Big Burn
We drive high into the mountains above the lodge and take a short hike to an active fire lookout with incredible views over the Bitterroot Mountains. It’s the perfect setting to learn about the “big burn” of 1910 that shaped the history of the West. In August we’ll likely find huckleberries to pick too!
Self-Guided Hiking - Hot Springs and Waterfalls
There are miles of hiking trail on National Forest land near the adventure resort. Hike up Smith Creek from your cabin and you might see moose, elk or black bear. Or hike to a nearby wilderness hot spring. About an hour away is Selway Falls and the trailhead for Meadow Creek, a beautiful and gentle trail. Our friendly staff will be happy to help direct you to the trailhead. Go here for more information: self-guided Idaho hiking trails.
Guided Mountain Biking
We offer guided mountain biking adventures for our guests. Each adventure is designed to accommodate your individual or group's skill level. Available options include riding up the scenic Lower Selway River and visiting the Lewis & Clark Trail . Our guides are trained in interpretation which brings the area to life as you learn about the history, flora and fauna of North Central Idaho
Nez Perce & Pioneer Van Tour
We offer a van-based tour with short walks focused on the local history of the area including the Nez Perce and early pioneers. This includes a visit to the small town of Kooskia and the nearby Nez Perce site of Clear Creek. Then we visit Heart of the Monster where, according to Nez Perce tradition, the Nez Perce people were created. We’ll visit a number of other sites in Kamiah, Idaho where we learn about the rich culture of the Nez Perce and stories of early homestead days in the area.
Many of our guest choose to go off in hopes of catching "the big one" on their own for an afternoon. We can point you in the right direction and even shuttle you to the best fishing locations.
Fly Fishing Instruction
Our "Fly Fishing Instruction" day is meant as an introduction to fly fishing led by one of our regular "Activity Guides" and not by a professional fly fishing guide. On this activity, we start the day practicing how to cast on the lawn of the resort and learning some of the vocabulary associated with fly fishing. Then we head to the river and board one of our smaller rafts. While we float the river, you learn the basics of fly fishing, how to read the water to know where fish might be, how insect hatches influence fly fishing and also, practice your casting. You might even catch a fish! This "Fly Fishing Instruction" is not the same as our "Guided Fly Fishing" experience for which there is an additional charge and you are guided by a professional fly fishing guide.
Guided Fly Fishing*
In 1968 Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that protected several rivers around the country that had outstanding wilderness and/or water quality values. Included in this original elite group was the Middle Fork of the Clearwater and the two rivers who join to create her, the Lochsa and Selway Rivers. ROW is proud to offer fly fishing trips on both the Selway and Clearwater and rafting on all three of these National Treasures. Go here for more information and to book this optional tour: fly fishing at River Dance Lodge.
We partner with Lochsa River Outfitters to offer half-day and full-day Idaho horseback riding in the surrounding Selway-Bitterroot Mountains. Whether you’re an experienced or a novice rider, you can saddle up and ride through the spectacular views of Idaho's rugged mountain landscape. Along the way there is plenty to learn. Your adventure guide can tell you about the role of forest fires in this area, Lewis and Clark’s adventures, the local plants and animals and much more.
Lochsa or the Salmon River Rafting*
Half or full-day of whitewater rafting on either the Lochsa or the Salmon River, depending on the season and your ages. The Lochsa generally is too low to float by mid-July and the age limit is around 15 years old. On the Salmon we can take kids as young as five.
*There is an additional charge for these activities which range in cost from $65 to $175 per person.