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

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He has been a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and also its President. For many years he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

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