— Put Salmon, Idaho on your list —
We love that the sport of off-roading is a year-round activity. For us in the Southwest, winter is our busiest time of the year, but we don’t shut down when summer comes. When the temperature heats up, we seek out coastal or high-altitude gatherings that are not only comfortable, but the trails and views are breathtaking. One such event—Rally in the Pines in Salmon, Idaho—caters to people like us. Not only is the host town of Salmon a beautiful and historic place to visit, the trails above the town have views in literally every direction.
We spent a few days at this year’s event and took in the parade, vendor area and several guided trail rides. All rides begin out of the Lemhi County Fairgrounds, where the majority of the event camping is located as well. However, if you wish to stay at a hotel, you can trailer over or jump in on the scheduled escorts down the highway from town to the fairgrounds at the beginning of each day and back to town in the evening. We stayed in a great camp spot along the Salmon River that was as good as you can expect in Idaho.
Salmon is a little far from any major city in the Pacific Northwest, but well worth the drive. The event limits the number of participants, so sign up early. You can register for the 2020 rally at www.rallyinthepines.com. Here’s what we saw at this year’s event in July.