Copper Basin Cabin lies within the upper Lost River drainage approximately 40 miles northeast of the well-known, all-season resort community of Sun Valley and 50 miles northwest of the ranching community of Mackay. Access from Sun Valley is an hour’s drive via Trail Creek Pass and Copper Basin Road (both gravel roads) from May through November. As mountain snowfall begins to accumulate late in the year, Trail Creek Pass and Copper Basin Road close until spring and access to the property is limited to snow machine.
Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, 15 miles south of Sun Valley, is the nearest commercial airport and offers regular air service on Delta, United, and Alaska Airlines. Idaho Falls, approximately two hours southeast of the property, provides alternate commercial air service out of Idaho Falls Regional Airport on Delta and United. Mackay is home to a 4,400’ x 60’ asphalt airstrip capable of accommodating larger twin-engine aircraft.
Of interest to backcountry pilots and those focused on convenient, fly-in access, the property lies immediately adjacent to a public landing strip referred to as Copper Basin Airport. This state-managed, turf runway is 4,700’ x 100’ and features a windsock, perimeter markings, and tie downs. One only has to park the aircraft, walk across Copper Basin Road, and open the front gate to begin enjoying the property and the splendors of Copper Basin.
The Lost River drainage is considered one of Idaho’s most scenic areas and is among the state’s top regions for outdoor recreation. Spanning over 70 miles, the massive Lost River Range flanks the east side of the Lost River Valley and claims seven of Idaho’s ten peaks over 12,000 feet, including Mt. Borah, the state’s highest peak at 12,662 feet. Copper Basin is a glacially-carved, high elevation valley located in the upper part of the drainage. Two formidable mountain ranges, the Pioneers and White Knobs, encircle Copper Basin and extend westward to Sun Valley offering incredible vistas and miles of roadless backcountry to explore. The Big Lost River originates from high mountain tributaries and meanders east and then south, providing irrigation water for farms and ranches around Mackay as well as outstanding trout fishing opportunities along its length.
Sun Valley, Ketchum and the other Wood River Valley communities of Hailey and Bellevue are an easy drive from the property and offer a multiplicity of summer and winter activities, including golf, hiking, fly fishing, mountain bike riding, and world-class downhill and Nordic skiing. One also finds there numerous gourmet restaurants, art galleries, shopping opportunities, and cultural events to enjoy.
Mackay, population 565, lies at the heart of the Lost River Valley and serves as the local service and social center. It is an agriculturally based community, although its roots go back to the mining days in the early 20th century. All general amenities can be found in Mackay, including groceries, fuel, restaurants, and ranch and hardware providers.
The elevation of the property is approximately 7,900 feet. Summer temperatures at this altitude are close to ideal with highs reaching the 80s and then cooling to the mid-40s at night. Winters are cold with snowfall varying depending on annual moisture patterns.