What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Big Creek Lodge 1936

The History

Built in 1934, the log cabin-like Big Creek Hotel attracted generations to this outdoor wonderland. Until, in 2008, a fire burned this piece of Idaho history to the ground. Many thought this unforgettable destination was lost to the past. Until we gave it a new future.
Back in the Day »


Basically, the Idaho Aviation Foundation exists so aviation destinations that often fly under the radar keep existing, too. This dedication is exemplified in Big Creek-a remote, rare gem in Idaho's rich aviation heritage.
Making it Fly »
Ponderosa pine trees
Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness sign

The Area

Big Creek lies on the lip of a vast 2.4 million acres of untamed land known as the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. By and large, it's pretty epic out here.
The Place to Be »

The Crew

Go behind the scenes to see who makes the magic happen. Our fabulous crew is here to help you.
Meet the Caretakers »

News & Happenings

Here are some throwback shots from last summer during the month of August. Summer is approaching quick but there's still plenty of time to book a room and look forward to a back country adventure at Big Creek!

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Hello, my name is Ray and I'll be joining the Big Creek team this year. I have lived in Alaska for the last 5 years. During my time here I've been an ATV tour guide, Reindeer wrangler, Northern lights host, and currently am managing a small kitchen at a Ski resort. I have a big passion for photography and am excited for the opportunity to catch some shots of life at Big Creek.

If you visited Big Creek last year, then we already have something in common...Enjoying my mother's delicious cooking! I will be helping her out in the kitchen, as well as hosting/serving/inn keeping. I look forward to being apart of everyone's Big Creek experience! It will be a wonderful summer.
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