Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

Sawtooth Hotel in Stanley to Become Albertson College Mountain Campus

2001. 02. 20.

CALDWELL, ID -- Albertson College's newest campus addition is 150 miles east in Stanley, Idaho, the gateway to some of the most spectacular hiking, skiing and research ecosystems in the lower 48.

Thanks to an agreement with the parents of a recent graduate, the college is now the owner of the Sawtooth Hotel in downtown Stanley. The hotel will become a research base, off-campus classroom, conference center and will house an enrichment program for promising high school students.

The college entered in the agreement with Steve and Kathy Cole, who have operated the Sawtooth Hotel in Stanley since 1974. After investing most of their adult lives in the Hotel, they wanted to see it preserved and used for education.

"It's a big dream of ours," say the Coles, whose daughter Jacqueline graduated from the college in 1998. "We're really happy the way it turned out."

Located just two blocks off Idaho 21, the hotel is easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and the community center in the heart of the tiny mountain town.

Current plans call for talented high school students to participate in a four-week academic program, with time spent between the Caldwell campus and the Stanley campus. Students would receive college credit for intensive academic study in the class and the field, which would be augmented with river rafting trips, fly-fishing workshops and backcountry hiking trips. In the fall and spring, the hotel would be used as a college retreat and research center used by college departments, classes and organized groups.

Built in 1931, the wood-frame hotel features eight guest rooms with two-half baths and two private showers. Each room is decorated with a handmade lodge pole double bed and other cozy furnishings. The hotel also houses a dining room, kitchen, gift shop and reception area.

The property, which covers five city lots, also includes an eight-unit motel, a four-room structure now used for employee housing, and a four-bedroom owner's residence.

"This property will become the hub of summer activities for Albertson College, allowing us to develop exciting new programs for talented high school students and to expand recreational programs for current students," says Albertson College President Kevin Learned. "In the off-season, the hotel will be our mountain headquarters for activities targeted to students, alumni, parents and friends of the college.

The hotel will be a gateway to some of the finest recreational opportunities available in Idaho, said Learned. "It will further serve as a base for innovative Albertson courses like a cross-disciplinary winter session program combining writing, biological research and skiing taught by biology professor Tim Otter and English professor John Rember."

Renovation plans include refurbishing the guest rooms and general repairs of the three-season facility.

The college is hiring a summer program director to oversee activities and an on-site caretaker to manage the property.