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about the

Stanley Area

Stanley was prospected by John Stanley in 1863, and established as a mining supply center in the 1870s.
Stanley is part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, created in 1972. The SNRA is a protected wilderness. We offer adventurers and sightseers the opportunity to enjoy nature's wonders now and for generations to come.

Lower Stanley is a quiet place to enjoy the beauty of pristine wilderness. It is one mile northeast of Stanley on Highway 75 along the scenic Salmon River
We offer a wide variety of services to make your stay fun and comfortable.
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Lower Stanley Country Store and Gas Station

We have our own Country Store. At this time it is closed. Lower Stanley Country Store has often been referred to as the "Biggest Little Grocery Store" in the country, carrying a full line of groceries and non-food items.
Come on in and check out our inventory. You can get all kinds of supplies here.

Frequently Asked Questions

at Lower Stanley  Motel

  • Are pets allowed?
  • Are there TVs in your cabins and motel rooms?
  • Do your cabins have bathrooms?
  • Are the towels and sheets provided?
  • Can we have tents for our children?

  •  What is your cancellation policy?
  • Can I make a reservation online?
  • Are there any other rules we should know about?

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Our rules and policies are in place to insure that each guest has a safe and pleasurable experience while staying at Lower Stanley  Motel.

The Sawtooth-Stanley Basin

by Harlan Hague

"The Old West of memory is a blend of history and fiction, a dreamy sort of never-never land that still captures the imagination. Americans East and West remain nostalgic for a past that never really existed outside the movies and western fiction. ..."
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History of the Challis National Forest

Read an original transcription of the Challis National Forest history cataloged in the R4 History Collection.