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

I received a gift today...a token of the larger gift of having had the unique pleasure and privilege of being one of the caretakers of this, one of the most amazing lodges in Idaho's backcountry.

I had only an idea of what it would be when we accepted the position, and everything about it exceeded my expectations in an overwhelmingly positive way.

My biggest take away is that while the Lodge is new, Big Creek is very old, and has a history as rich as the ground she sits on. To the local people, the Forest Service and the pilots that care for her; the people who come to rest, eat and refresh here; the Idaho Aviation Foundation and all who contributed to her rise from the ashes..THANK YOU!

You have given me the experience of a lifetime in getting to know you and serve you.

Thank you Mark Feifarek and Janie Sigler, my team mates...you rocked!

The list of people to thank is much too long for this post, but I think y'all know who you are!😉 And to all of you who I haven't met who support this beautiful place...Thank You!

It was hard to leave, for I left a piece if my heart there. But I'm happy to say that Mark and I will be back next year to continue the traditions and to perhaps start some new ones!

With much gratitude,
Sally Molitor
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October 19, 2020  ·  

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What a beautiful place Big Creek is! Visit us this week in our final days of the season. Our last meal served will be breakfast on Friday, October 9th. If you're unable to visit us this year make your reservations now for next year at www.bigcreeklodgeidaho.com/book. ... See MoreSee Less

October 2, 2020  ·  

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We’re still here and open for business but use good judgement if flying in. Check the webcams at idahoaviation.com/all-idaho-airstrips#webcams_header for visibility. ... See MoreSee Less

September 15, 2020  ·  

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