Welcome to the CM Ranch, an historic dude ranch, specializing…
Starting at $350 per person per night
Starting at $650 per room per night
Nestled amidst Idaho’s snowcapped Rocky Mountain peaks and the meandering Salmon River, the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch has flourished as a western ranch vacation retreat for over eighty years. The living history of the Old West mingles with the solitude and peace of this 900-acre ranch offering freedom, breathtaking natural beauty and a relaxed atmosphere. And the view from the porch? Well, you just have to experience that for yourself.
Unique Features: Built in 1930 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the well-appointed cabins and lodge rooms serve as a home away from home in which to relax and prepare for your next adventure. Surrounded by more wilderness than anywhere else in the continental United States, the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch is the ideal home base to explore the adventure-rich, largely undiscovered, majestic Idaho Rocky Mountains. The ranch has an incredible natural hot springs pool.
Accommodations: The cabins and lodge rooms are charming and comfortable, all with private baths with either native Oakley stone showers or deep, relaxing bathtubs. Recent renovations have retained the original hand-hewn log structures’ footprints and history, while providing upscale modern amenities, offering you the perfect union of historic charm and modern comfort.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Cabins. The fourteen Cabins are arranged in seven two-cabin duplexes. Each Cabin has a rock fireplace, electric heat, private bath and beds for two, either twin beds or a king. A third person can be accommodated on a rollaway bed. Four duplexes offer interior connecting doors between the two cabins to comfortably accommodate families of 4 to 6 people.
Dining: Whether cooking up Idaho rainbow trout or searing Pacific black cod, grilling applewood-smoked baby back ribs, or mixing up some local white corn bisque, the cuisine is innovative and elegant. The ranch uses local organic, sustainable products whenever possible, such as rainbow carrots, turnip greens, morel mushrooms, Lava Lake lamb, and local squash blossom. Local meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables intermingle with international and western flavors to create the unique, savory Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch culinary experience.
Activities: Explore unlimited opportunities for western adventure, with choices from extreme physical challenges to soothing relaxation. Fill your days hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, and swimming in the natural hot springs pool. Explore on your own or take advantage of a broad array of locally-offered guided activities. The freedom to set your own agenda and pace provides a custom vacation.
Spa & Fitness: The ranch’s certified therapists are passionate about their practice and will work with you to make sure your massage treatment is tailored to your needs. Each treatment is designed for total relaxation. They believe in using only the most advanced techniques to provide a spa experience that will nourish your body, mind and spirit.
Location: The ranch is located 9 miles South of Stanley, Idaho on Highway 75 between milepost markers 180 and 181. Stanley is a town in the Sawtooth Valley in Custer County, Idaho, United States. The population was 116 at the 2020 census; up from 63 in 2010. Fur trappers of the Hudson’s Bay Company discovered the Stanley Basin in the 1820s, but it was mostly avoided due to scarcity of beaver. Captain John Stanley, a Confederate Civil War veteran, led a party of prospectors through the area in 1863 (or 1864), but they found little gold.
Closest Airport: The nearest major airport to Stanley, Idaho is Magic Valley Regional Airport (TWF / KTWF). This airport is in Twin Falls, Idaho and is 149 miles from the center of Stanley, ID. Guests who are not local typically fly into Boise, which is a scenic three-hour drive from the Ranch. Alternatively, the Hailey airport which services nearby Sun Valley is an hour and a half by car.
Children’s Programs: Yes. Kids enjoy getting a Junior Ranger Badge, feeding the fish at the hatchery down the road, manning a paddle boat or kayak at Redfish Lake, and stopping in to Smiley’s for one of America’s best milkshakes. Other popular children’s activities include: paddling around the pond in the paddle boat; pony rides for young children or part or full-day trail rides; mellow hikes to lakes or streams; swimming and soaking in the natural hot springs pool.
Pet Friendly: No, unfortunately pets are not allowed.
Weddings: The Ranch was recommended by Martha Stewart Weddings as an outstanding destination wedding venue! The ranch can accommodate up to 50 of your family and friends. During your stay, the 900-acre ranch is exclusively yours, offering limitless outdoor adventure and the picture-perfect backdrop of the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains. Suite-style rooms make for fun-filled family time, while the honeymoon cabin offers the perfect luxurious mountain escape for a bride and groom.
Meetings: Take team building to a whole new level with a business retreat at The Ranch. There’s something for everybody, from horseback riding and mountain biking, to fishing and rafting. You can swim and waterski in two beautiful lakes nearby; or just take a soak in the natural hot springs pool.
Extra Info: The Ranch property was purchased in 1929 by New York Frigidaire executive Winston Paul. Paul had been introduced to the area by Dave Williams namesake of Williams Peak, early Stanley basin rancher, sometime postmaster, as well as fishing and hunting guide. Paul commissioned architect Ellis Bjorling to design the Idaho Rocky Mountain Club. A crew of 50-60 men began construction in the fall of 1929, snaking timber down nearby Williams and Gold Creeks and hauling it to the site by horse and wagon.