In all my years living in southern Idaho, I've never had the opportunity to travel any further north than the Stanley area. I've seen some pretty remote spots in Idaho but I've never stepped foot in what has to be the toughest region of the state to visit and live in.

The most remote area I've ever explored in Idaho was a portion of the lower Salmon-Challis National Forest. My family and I camp frequently in this incredible region of south-central Idaho. The southern Sawtooth Mountains have also provided us with many great memories, and we enjoyed several campouts in the area where running into other people rarely happened.

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When many Idahoans think of off-grid spots, the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness probably comes to mind. There are more than 2.3 million acres of land within this wilderness expanse and it's overseen by the Bureau of Land Management.

Particularly in the northeasternmost region of FC-RONRW, it takes either a boat or a horseback ride to reach most destinations as there are no highways or roads going in or out. It's as desolate and uninhabited as land gets and is comparable to certain regions of Alaska as far as acreage.

For the safest ways to access these regions of the FC-RONRW, click here. There are some guided trips that take place and some Idahoans do call this harsh area of the state home. Winters can be brutally unforgiving there as well.

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