Salmon is surrounded by ranch lands in a broad valley between the Bitterroot and Yellowjacket Mountains. It was best known for its timber and ranching industries but as they have faded it has turned increasingly to tourism. Rafting and fishing guides will take you out into the wilds, so Salmon is both a good base for exploring the surrounding scenery and a destination in itself.

It’s at North Fork where US-93 crosses the Salmon River, which is often called the “River of No Return,” because without a jet boat to help you along, it is only navigable in a downstream direction. Running swiftly for nearly 300 miles west through one of the most extensive wilderness areas left in the lower 48 states, the Salmon River has carved one of the deepest gorges in North America, a full 1,000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon.