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 »

The IAF

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

You have until Friday June 5 to bid for a 2-night stay for 2 at Big Creek Lodge (and many other cool things) while supporting the Covid-19 Response Fund! For 27 years, Boise’s St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital has sponsored an annual “Kid for a Night” in person auction event that benefits the not-for-profit hospital—but this year it is online and will help support adults and children cope with Covid-19. Online bidding is at kfan.afrogs.org/#/view/205073 ... See MoreSee Less

May 28, 2020  ·  

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Big Creek Lodge greeted 45 visitors from CA, MT, OR and ID over the course of Memorial Day weekend. A few even got to enjoy dinner at the lodge with Sally’s apple pie for dessert! ... See MoreSee Less

May 26, 2020  ·  

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Dinner served to Forest Services employees last night. Hope you can join us soon! ... See MoreSee Less

May 22, 2020  ·  

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Dinner for Forest Service employees last night. Dinner for Forest Service employees last night.
Things are warming up at Big Creek! Things are warming up at Big Creek!
Beautiful day at Big Creek, no matter the weather! Beautiful day at Big Creek, no matter the weather!
The Salmon River area turned out pretty well from The Salmon River area turned out pretty well from a snowpack perspective. We hope to open in late May but check back for Covid updates early May.