Salmon River ATV Loop

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Salmon River ATV Loop is a 62.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riggins, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

62.6 miles
9,409 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving




wild flowers


Scenic route from Corduroy Campground to the Carey Creek Trail to the Salmon River and returning on the French Creek Rd. This is an ATV loop because a full size vehicle can't travel the Carey Creek Trail. Automobiles can make the trip to Carey Dome Lookout and have also been known to travel the French Creek Road to the Salmon River. A high clearance vehicle would be better suited though. This whole area is very scenic and the drive along the Salmon River should be considered a long scenic drive. There are sandy beaches, outhouses, and camping areas all along the river. Most of the developed sites are fee areas. The elevation will range from nearly 8500' in the mountains to under 2000' along the Salmon River. Both sides of the Salmon River are wilderness areas from the Wind River Bridge upstream to the Vinegar Creek Boat Ramp and beyond.

off road driving
Friday, November 11, 2016

This trail is in the Payette National Forest, not Gospel Hump.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The trail is an old logging road and is wide enough. It is also very rough and washed out.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I just returned from camping across the road from the Corduroy Campground which was closed.

While we were there, we watched a logging operation remove beetle killed trees from Corduroy and three other area campgrounds.

The campgrounds are open again in case anyone is into winter camping. The temperatures were getting into single digits at night before I left.

The roads/trails were clear and the Carey Creek Trail is still as rough and rocky as ever.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another great da man!