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Sawtooth Mountains: The hidden Rockies

The Idaho Sawtooths are as pretty as any national park—minus the crowds. Here's where to go and what to do

  • Plan a trip to explore some of the lesser known parks and ranges that make up the Rockies.

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4 more hidden ranges

Who you calling B-list? Other Rockies’ ranges worth the trip:

1. Gallatin Range, MT Yellowstone’s much less famous neighbor, the Gallatin National Forest, has more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails in its six mountain ranges—including the Gallatin—and the snow is just starting to melt in its highest peaks.

Where to stay: The luxurious Rainbow Ranch Lodge (from $295, including breakfast). After your hike, return for an indulgent dinner. –Anna Nordberg

2. San Juan Mountains, CO The Front Range gets the glory (and the crowds), but 350 miles southwest of Denver, the San Juans have plenty to brag about: 14,000-foot peaks, lakes galore, and little towns to explore.

Where to stay: In Durango, at the historic Rochester Hotel (from $169, including breakfast).–MacKenzie Geidt

3. Uinta Mountains, UT Utah’s highest mountain range is not the one with ritzy ski resorts. The Uintas are an hour east, in a mostly roadless, stream-strewn area known for backpacking beneath its 13,000-foot peaks.

Where to stay: Campsites can usually be nabbed last-minute. You can also book a cabin at Bear River Lodge (from $79; two-night minimum). –Lisa Trottier

4. Wind River Range, WY The Grand Tetons hog the spotlight, but due east across Jackson Hole, the Wind River Range is just as wildly beautiful, and home to Wyoming’s highest mountain (13,804-foot Gannett Peak).

Where to stay: The Brooks Lake Lodge (open Jun 18–Sep 15; $363 per person, including meals and activities; three-night minimum), in the Absaroka Range nearby. –Peter Fish

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