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.

Distance: 62.6 miles Elevation Gain: 9,409 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

nature trips

bird watching

ohv / off road 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.

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

We did one half of this loop. Started at Corduroy campground and rode 4 wheelers down the French Creek grade. Beautiful drive. good road, you could easily take a truck down it. We couldn't find out if the Carey Creek grade was open. Found out later it is it's just a little rougher. Camped overnight a few miles downstream from French Creek at "Hot Pear" camp. Tried fishing the river with no luck.

ohv/off road driving
over grown
Fri Jul 06 2018

We did half of this run. Started at the Hot Springs and north to the Salmon River/French Creek. Turned right and continued to the end of the road. Swam in the river for about an hour. Headed back about a mile to the Carey Creek Trail head. Went about 3/4 of a mile but turned around due to the tight over grown trail. It looked like no one had been on it in years. We were in a 50 inch wide side by side and were getting beaten by the rough and rocky trail plus the overgrowth. I think if we could have pushed through to the top it would have been fine. We doubled back to Corduroy Camp and headed up to Kimberly Mine and Lake (my absolute favorite place in the entire area). We are headed up again in a few days so if we do it, I'll record our progress.

Wed Oct 16 2013

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

Tue Oct 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.

Mon Jan 23 2012

Another great da man!