Intermediate stop - Main Salmon (Denver/Boulder) - Mountain Buzz

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Old 07-07-2016   #1
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Intermediate stop - Main Salmon (Denver/Boulder)

We're looking for a good place to stop to camp or hotel on the way out to the Main. We would like to be in striking distance (3-4hrs) of Corn Creek if possible.

Same question after the take out after Carey.

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Old 07-07-2016   #2
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There is a hot springs campground outside of Challis that I have heard is nice.


a couple of friends go there for the weekend from Bellevue. There are also some nice riverside FS camprounds all along between Challis and Salmon.
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Old 07-07-2016   #3
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Burgdorf is a very nice place to stop after floating the Main, although it does not have showers. But, it's a pleasant way to make a re-entry to the real world before the epic drive back to the front range.
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Old 07-07-2016   #4
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Second Burgdorf but it is a little off your route unless you take the backroad which might be sporting with a loaded trailer - I haven't driven it for a while. On the highway is Zims hotsprings 30 mins South of Riggins, they have a campsite. Would have a bit of road noise as it is just off highway 95.

Zims Hot Springs - Zims Hot Springs

Or soak there and head to Last Chance campground which is 2 miles off highway 55 before you head up the hill to McCall, a good gravel road.

Ponderosa state park in McCall, has showers etc.

Or South to Cascade and check out the whitewater park? Several motels and campgrounds around the lake.
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