The Watermark Inn
mailing: PO Box 128 Challis, ID 83226
hours: 9-5 M-F
Challis is located in central Idaho where scenic byways 75 and 93 convene. The city of Challis has a publicly owned airport (FAA identifier: LLJ) serving private aircraft owners and charter companies.
Coming from Sun Valley, or Hailey airport, take 75 north through the Sawtooth National Forest and continue on 75 at Stanley east then north on 93 into Challis. The drive follows the Salmon River and is an unparalleled two and a half hour sight-seeing trip. There is a another way over Trail Creek pass that brings you to us in just over an hour when the pass is open. Follow Sun Valley Road and check road conditions and make sure your vehicle is four wheel drive.
The closest regional airports to Challis are in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, ID, as well as Boise and Missoula, MT.
From Pocatello, take I-15 N to Blackfoot and then take 26 W to Arco. Continue on to 93 N for about 80 miles until you arrive in Challis. This drive should take about two hours and forty five minutes and is another gorgeous scenic tour on 93 through charming Mackay and the Lost River Mountain Range.
From Idaho Falls, take 20/26 W towards Atomic City and Arco. At Arco, continue on to 93 N for about 80 miles until arriving in Challis. This drive, very similar to the Pocatello drive, should take about two hours and forty minutes.
From Boise, travel through the Boise National Forest through Garden Valley or Idaho City on 21 over Lowman Pass. Arrive at Stanley and go north-east to Challis. A winding, beautiful just under four hour drive.
From Missoula, MT, take 12 W to 93 S for a total trip distance of 198 miles or about three and a half hours. Enjoy the northern route of the Salmon River scenic byway and look out for Lost Trail Ski Resort, the north fork of the Salmon River, and small town Salmon, ID along the way.