Frequently Asked Questions

We’ll continue to broaden this section to accommodate additional questions that are frequently asked.

  1. Why Choose Adventure Sun Valley?
  2. Will this trip be right for me?
  3. Is this safe for my family / kids??
  4. What is your policy on life jackets??
  5. What will my kids do??
  6. Will cell phones work on the river??
  7. What if someone needs to contact us from home??
  8. Will I be comfortable in Camp??
  9. What weather can I expect??
  10. What about sanitation/ showers??
  11. How many people per tent??
  12. What gear should I bring / How should I dress on river??
  13. What about bugs??
  14. What about beverages??
  15. I have dietary concerns and restrictions, can these be accommodated??
  16. Is there a place to buy last minute gear??
  17. What do we do with our car / luggage / cell phones??
  18. What about gratuities??
  19. How, where and when do we get fishing licenses??

 


 
 
1. Why choose Adventure Sun Valley?

Simply put, you won’t find a better value. We’re careful to keep our prices average, but our luxury service, comfort and safety record are unsurpassed. Unlike other rafting trips you may have been on in the past, we won’t ask you to bring any camping gear or help with camp chores. We won’t serve you “camp food.”   And we won’t make you ride in hot, dusty buses to and from the river.  [ Check options for getting to Stanley, including air-conditioned Motor Coach ]

For over 20 years now, our company has chosen to run just this one legendary river, allowing us to focus on perfecting the experience for our pampered guests. This is evident in our safety-trained and experienced guides, top-notch equipment, gourmet cuisine, and ratio of guests to guides. Extra guides allow us the luxury of taking care of you, from your first contact with us. Whether it’s customizing a rafting trip for your family or business group, assisting with flights and lodging, tying on a fly, grilling a tenderloin to your order, coaching you in an inflatable kayak, warming up water for your shower, or providing whatever other support you may need along the way, all you have to do is ask.    Breakfast in bed, anyone? Of course, our repeat customers are the best endorsement of all.  Check our customer testimonials to learn more or call or e-mail us for additional references.

 

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2. Will this trip be right for me? (Given my age, inexperience, disability, health conditions, fears, hygiene habits, etc.).

By helping you decide which month to come (which affects whitewater levels and weather conditions) and the type of raft to ride in, we can resolve most concerns regarding safety and experience.  Guests as young as 6 are allowed to participate, under the strict supervision of a parent. We have also occasionally welcomed mildly disabled guests or seniors as old as 80, when their doctor deemed them physically able. A detailed description of our safety/liability policy will be sent upon request. All camps will have private, sanitary toilet facilities. Many guests find that a soak in the hot springs or swim in the river keeps them feeling clean and refreshed. Others take advantage of our pressurized hot shower. Remember, it’s our pleasure to pamper you whenever we can. If you’re like most people, any pre-adventure concerns you start with will quickly melt away amid the scenic grandeur, adventure, professional care, and camaraderie of your journey.  However, some people truly aren’t suited to remote wilderness travel, and so we recommend that you contact us if you still have concerns.

 

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3. Is this safe for my family / kids?
Short answer is absolutely!   We have over 25 years of experience and have taken thousands of kids down the river without even 1serious issue.  We have had twisted ankles / sun burns et but nothing  we can’t deal with.  Safety is THE main concern with our guides.  They are very highly trained and skilled and will take great care of you.  I took my kids with me every chance I got when they were as young as 4!  They LOVE IT!!

 

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4. What is your policy on life jackets
Idaho State Law requires us to have jackets on any child under 16 years of age any time on the water.   We request our guests to always wear their jackets but require it in any named rapid.  The guide crew wears theirs at all time as a good example.

 

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5. What will my kids do?
Have the time of their life and build amazing memories with you!!!  This is the PERFECT “Family” adventure.   I have seen many many children show up dismayed that they will not have their cell phones /Ipods for a week only to see them absolutely blossom into full life when they can escape the texts / calls / peer pressure that seems to be 24 / 7 for our youth.   Many parents have been delighted to find an opportunity to really connect with their kids like they haven’t in years.    Nature is great for a child’s soul – just as it is for their parents.    All of our guides are fantastic with children and love keeping them engaged and active.   One guide is ALWAYS given the assignment to keep kids active.   So you as a parent can relax and enjoy your solitude as you desire!

 

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6. Will Cell Phones work on the river?
No!!   Yeah!!   That is one of the very best parts of this experience.   It is amazing how I see people (kids and adults) almost go into withdrawal the first day or two.  And then really come alive.  And connect emotionally with others in a REAL way.  And somehow the world always continues to spin without them.   Many people have gone years since they have been digitally disconnected for more than just a few hours.    This is universally a gift to everyone!      Note:  we do have a satellite phone that we carry for emergencies.

 

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7. What if someone from home needs to contact us while on the river?
Please leave our office number (208) 507-1012 with all your family members in case of emergency.   If our office fields a call we will immediately leave a message for the lead guide who checks his messages from the Sat phone every day.   So you will never be more than few hours delayed in being connected if necessary.

 

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8. Will I be comfortable in camp?
Absolutely!   The truth is that many if not most of our guests rarely, if ever camp.   We have had many guests who wanted to experience the adventure and spend the time with family and friends almost not come because they were concerned about being in the wilderness for 6 days.  If this is you we understand.   But we have witnessed those very people enjoying the experience more than almost anyone else.    You will be very comfortable.   We have amazing amenities all set up and waiting for you each day.  Huge tents, cots, air mattresses, full pillows, warm fleece lined sleeping bags……. AND HOT SHOWERS!!!!!!…..   The list goes on and on.

The one caveat is that if you are concerned about being warm you may want to delay your adventure until after mid-June when the high water run off eases.   That is a wilder, colder experience than the rest of the season.

 

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9. What weather can I expect?
Weather in the wilderness is by definition WILD and cannot be controlled but after 20 years we can make general predictions.   The best weather is from Mid-June through Mid-August.  You can expect mostly very warm and dry.  Highs in the 80s to 90s are common.   I personally only carry one light jacket that time of year after being out there for 20 plus years.   Late May and Early June has taught me to pack much more.  It can be warm but it might not be.   You will want to be more prepared.  If you pack according to our suggested packing list () you will be in great shape.
If your trip is pending and you want to get a weather forecast please check out the prediction in Salon Idaho (Mary could you please put a link here) and not Stanley Idaho.  The weather in Stanley is consistently 15 – 20 cooler than on the river.

 

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10. What about sanitation / showers?
We are very careful to always keep all of our guests comfortable and private.  We always set up a toilet system in a remote protected part of camp and use a special privacy tent.   It is sanitary and we always have a very effective hand wash system with it.   You will LOVE our hot pressure shower that we set up in every camp.  You will have all the water and time you need!  It is terrific.

 

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11. How many people per tent?
We plan on and set up a HUGE 6 person tent for each two people.    I am 6 ‘2” tall and can stand up straight in it.   There is a ton of room for your awesome cots.    They are large enough that you can fit up to 4 cots in them if you desire to have your kids with you…. Or together in one tent.   If you are coming alone or the numbers just don’t work out we will gladly set up tent just for you!  We will not expect anyone to bunk with someone they are not comfortable with.

 

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12.What gear should I bring / how should I dress on river?
Glad you asked – you can view or detailed conversation about this important topic and our suggested packing list here.  We suggest you download it and use it for your planning.

Mary can we put a link to our packing list that we put on the site right here please.

 

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13. What about bugs?
There are very few if any?   That is one of the things that makes the Middle Fork so awesome!   The canyon is largely a very dry climate and the river has almost no calm water that would allow mosquitos to breed – so there are very few mosquitos on the river.    Once in a while when we camp near a hot springs we may see a few so we always pack some spray for camp but get ready to have a relaxing enjoyable camping experience.

 

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14. What about beverages?
We provide unlimited amounts of fantastic water for you at all times.  Please bring along a small personal water bottle and drink up!   You will always find hot coffee / teas / and hot coco at the morning camp along with a morning juice.  Lunches and evening camps will always have Gatorade type drinks available along with the water.   We serve very nice wines every evening.   If you desire more adult type of beverages / colas / or any other type of drink please feel free to bring whatever you like.   We have a terrific system to pack it for you and make it available to you as you desire.   We always have a TON of ice.  Which is fantastic.  You can get almost any types of drinks in Stanley the evening before your launch.   If you are bringing drinks by the case, that is no problem at all, but please do not bring glass bottles.

 

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15. I have dietary concerns and restrictions, can these be accommodated?
It will be our pleasure.   We routinely work with every conceivable dietary restriction, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, kosher…….., and often at the same time.   Please communicate with us before you get here and we will work with you to make certain you delighted.

 

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16. Is there a place to buy last minute gear?
Our orientation meeting the evening before your launch is at our very favorite river gear store in the world!  River 1 truly understands what gear you will want for our trip and they have terrific fashionable choices and great prices.   As outfitters we are eligible to buy gear wholesale from any manufacturer but after 20 years we buy all our gear in Stanley at River 1.   You will be happy with what you find.

 

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17. What do we do with our car / luggage / cell phones?
We will take care of everything for you!!!!!   You will most likely park your car in a secure lot in Stanley Idaho while on the river.  We will take responsibility for all your other possessions.    We have a locked warehouse in Stanley.  We will keep everything safe for you and make sure you have what you need when you need it after the trip.

 

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18. What about gratuities?
Gratuities are always a personal matter.  However we are often asked what is common so we have observed the following guidelines.   The guides work extremely hard and put their hearts and souls into sharing this adventure with you.   If you find that they were a highlight of your experience then it is common and reasonable that they receive a 15% or more recognition.  If you do not feel that strongly then please follow your heart.   They do very much appreciate your generosity.

If you ride with us on our free shuttle service to and from Boise, we hope you like wise, are pleased with the service.   A gratuity to the driver would also be highly appreciated.

 

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19.  How, where and when do we get fishing  licenses?

You can get your fishing license right at the orientation meeting the evening before your launch.   You will need to know your social security number.   If you like you can purchase online from the Idaho Fish and Game office (link) before you come.
PLEASE NOTE:  if you are coming for our Cast and Blast trip – you will need an upland game hunting license.   You will be required to either show a valid hunting license in a prior year or in another state or a valid hunters ed training certificate.