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

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Attention Big Creek Guests!We will be CLOSED for a private party August 16th, 17th, and 18th.We Will be resuming breakfast and reservations on August 19th, with our expanded Brunch hours from 7:30 to Noon for the rest of the season! Come in and visit, grab coffee and a muffin and sit a spell ...we'd love to see you!😊 ... See MoreSee Less
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Backcountry living is tough enough...but something like this is a blow to the toughest...😢. Please consider the plight of these people and let's do what we can to show support in this time of terrible loss... ... See MoreSee Less
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