Nestled in the Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin of central Idaho, Stanley serves as the gateway to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Stanley sits at an elevation of 6300 feet and is surrounded by the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountain ranges.
Traditionally supporting ranching, mining, and small logging industries, the economy of the community now depends heavily on tourism, which consists of lodging, restaurants, retail shops, and outfitter and guides for rafting, horseback riding, fishing, and hunting. The Chamber of Commerce, the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery, the Sawtooth National Forest, and the Sawtooth Historical and Interpretive Association have visitor centers here.
Stanley has medical facilities and fire protection. The Stanley School, part of Challis Joint School District 181, provides education for preschool-grade 8 and has averaged 25 students in recent years. Citizens in the following volunteer organizations devote countless hours of service to the community:
Custer County- Challis Messenger
Blaine County- Idaho Mountain Express