Copper Basin: A secluded bastion of the Old West

Jason Kauffman wrote a fine story on Copper Basin, a beautiful mountain valley hemmed in between the Pioneer and White Knob Mountains about 20 miles east of Hailey, Idaho.

Copper Basin could be Idaho’s Lamar Valley with similar wildlife, and even better scenery, but it has a big problem . . . cows, lots of them . . . all the way to timberline and right up into the rocks at the end of the alpine tundra.

Story. Copper Basin: A secluded bastion of the Old West. Sun Valley Guide. Summer 2007.

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Pronghorn in Copper Basin. Photo copyright Ralph Maughan

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Copper Basin and the Pioneer Mountains. Copyright Ralph Maughan

One Response to “Copper Basin: A secluded bastion of the Old West”

  1. Eric Says:

    That seems great. I’m intrigued by the general area. I was recommended doing a “mine tour” in the foothills of the White Knobs -I think- but I opted to do something else over on the other side of the Idaho National Lab which turned out to be great too. The scenery is unique. I didn’t even leave the road (93 and 26) for the most part and it still lingers in my memory a year later. Someday I’ll get back there and do some serious hiking.


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