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 »
Mike and Theresa Giery

News & Happenings

Our hearts are heavy to report that longtime Big Creek resident and icon Wilbur Wiles passed away today at the spry age of 103. He was among the last of the real mountain men, a miner, famed hunter/trapper, WWII veteran and his heart belonged to Big Creek. Please share your thoughts about Wilbur for those who may not have had the privilege to know him. ... See MoreSee Less

April 17, 2019  ·  

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This season (starting Memorial Day weekend) we will have 4 bikes with helmets and other gear for our overnight guests to get to trailheads and sightseeing (riding is mostly via dirt road, bikes not allowed in designated Wilderness). Thanks to our Board Member Paul Collins and also Score Outdoors in Boise! ... See MoreSee Less

April 6, 2019  ·  

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