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

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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Even tiny tots enjoy breakfast on the porch at Big Creek Lodge. ... See MoreSee Less

August 27, 2020  ·  

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Colleen Back received recognition for her years as Idaho Aviation Foundation’s Vice President and lead marketer/fund raiser for the Big Creek Lodge project. Colleen has retired from the foundation board but will continue to be a familiar face at the lodge as a customer, enjoying the beauty of the lodge and the area. ... See MoreSee Less

August 20, 2020  ·  

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Moose on the loose at Big Creek today! Moose on the loose at Big Creek today!
Dinner for Forest Service employees last night. Dinner for Forest Service employees last night.