About Us


The Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association (SIHA) is a member-based organization that was established as a cooperating association in 1972 when the Sawtooth National Recreation Area was established by Congress. It operates in cooperation with the Sawtooth and Salmon-Challis National Forests. It is certified by the State of Idaho as a non-profit corporation with section 501(c) 3, IRS-approved status.

SIHA is governed by a small, dedicated Board of Directors, all of whom are volunteers. Funds are generated by book sales, membership fees, donations, and grants. SIHA works in partnership with the Sawtooth and Salmon-Challis National Forests, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, City of Stanley, Idaho Heritage Trust, Idaho Humanities Council, Sawtooth Society, Sawtooth Mountain Mamas, Salmon River Electric Cooperative, Redfish Lake Lodge, Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, Smiley Creek Lodge, Idaho Rivers United, National Environmental Education Foundation, National Smokejumpers’ Association, Stanley Community Library, Sawtooth-Stanley Chamber of Commerce, and many others to complete a number of projects.


SIHA is headquartered in beautiful Custer County, Idaho, home to the magnificent Sawtooth Mountains and Salmon River. Learn more about this special area, its friendly people, outdoor lifestyle and scenic wonders from the following video by Martin M. Jones Motion Picture and Sound Company.