Not only does it take a village to raise a child, it took a valley to save the 1923 Galena Lodge north of Ketchum, Idaho, in the Sawtooth National Forest. Galena never prospered, despite over 30 miles of Nordic ski trails that lie practically at the lodge's door and link to the neighboring 80 miles at North Valley Trails. After a final remodel, Galena closed in the 1990s.
But when the U.S. Forest Service threatened to tear it down, Wood River Valley residents raised over $500,000 in a few months, bought the building, and handed it over to Blaine County to run as a public recreation center.
Now snowshoers and cross-country skiers enjoy the lodge's warmth and good cheer all winter long. The kitchen serves lamb sausage and other lunches, full moon and Christmas dinners, and Don Bars energy snacks devised by and named in honor of coproprietor Don Shepler. (208) 726-4010, www.galenalodge.com
Photography by Kirk Anderson/Idaho Stock Images
This article was first published in January 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.