The Salmon River in Central Idaho •

Last update: January 20th, 2021 at 9:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the South Fork of the Salmon River in Central Idaho.

The Salmon River is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the United States, extending 425 miles in the valley of the Rocky Mountains.

Over hundreds of millions of years, the river has carved some of the deepest gorges in the country.

During a gold rush in the 1860s, miners found it so difficult to get boats up the Salmon River that it became known as “The River of No Return.”

The image was captured on July 24, 2019 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


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