A tour of Riggins Idaho and a drive up the Salmon River

Sunday 7/19 morning rolled around and the sun was shining bright, the skies were blue, the temp’s were warm and we were well rested after a great night’s sleep. So what shall we do with our last day in the area? HEY, how about driving down to Riggins to check it out and take a trip out along the Salmon River!!!

After breakfast we jumped in the Jeep and drove the 30 miles south on highway 95 to Riggins. Time just melts away driving 95 as it follows the river and offers some great views.

Riggins is another small town of only 419 but certainly has a feel of a busy tourist town. It offers a number of restaurants, hotels, fishing and boating guides, small shops and yes, even a couple gas stations lol.

Riggins was once known as “Gouge Eye” because someone had an eye poked out during a saloon fight in the 1850’s. But the citizens of town decided they didn’t like the image the name “Gouge Eye” gave so they decided to change the name to Riggins, named after John Riggins, the area’s first mailman.

Once we did a driving tour of Riggins itself we headed east out of town on Big Salmon Road and just followed it for 30 miles until we well, ended up at Vinegar Boat Ramp and just ran out of road LOL!!

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Speaking of the Salmon River did you know that it’s also called the “River of no Return”? Yep, it’s the name that the Indians used to warn Lewis and Clark; and also captured the spirit of Captain Guleke’s adventures in his one-way scow trips.

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This bridge is pretty darn tight for the guys pulling some of the bigger boats. We watched one guy take 10 min. making the corner onto it.

This bridge is pretty darn tight for the guys pulling some of the bigger boats. We watched one guy take 10 min. making the corner onto it.

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Big Salmon road starts out as a nice “sort of” 2 lane blacktop road and soon becomes a pretty good 2 lane gravel road and eventually turns into a pretty much 1 lane gravel road with wide spot to help while meeting other cars. Any car will handle it but it does get tight and dusty and in our minds well worth the drive just for the scenery. And if you happen to be a water person, well hell, you will be in heaven.

A nice walking ridge

A nice walking ridge

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We just love the white sand beaches we seem to see along the rivers in Idaho.

We didn’t have any expectations for the day other than hopefully seeing some beautiful country and WE certainly were not disappointed in that area!! So I guess the only real expectation we have for this update is to share some of that beautiful country with you.

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After our drive we stopped at the Seven Devils Steakhouse and Saloon in Riggins, it sounds better than it was but it served the purpose for a cold beer and a sandwich. Then we headed home, stared at the river a while and called it a day. Pretty much the end of another stop.

These Elk were on a farm but still worth a picture

These Elk were on a farm but still worth a picture

Monday morning was another travel day but I guess you will need to stop back in to find out where next LOL!!

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One Response to A tour of Riggins Idaho and a drive up the Salmon River

  1. debbiemc14 says:

    That river looks like a great place to fish! What a fun day of exploring. The elk are pretty fabulous too!

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