Who We Are

Salmon River Challis Idaho

Ataraxis River Experience is a company dedicated to providing low-key, guided river rafting and fishing adventures for families and nature enthusiasts. The company specializes in creating scenic, unforgettable, and stress-free experiences for its customers. We embody the essence of serenity, offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The guiding principle is that “Nature is a Necessity,” emphasizing the importance of reconnecting with the natural world.

We are focused on the following:

  • Serenity: Ataraxis River Experience is all about providing a serene and tranquil environment for its customers, promoting freedom from mental anxiety and stress.
  • Scenic: Ataraxis River Experience focuses on delivering visually stunning and picturesque experiences, showcasing the beauty of natural landscapes.
  • Unforgettable: Ataraxis River Experience aims to create lasting memories through unique and memorable adventures that customers will cherish.
  • Escape: Ataraxis River Experience promotes an escape from the ordinary, encouraging customers to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature.
About Me
Jason Staker - Owner / Guide

Jason Staker

Owner / Guide


I was born and raised in Idaho. I love this state, and I love the outdoors. I have been a hunter and a fisherman since I was old enough to get outside by myself. I was introduced to the Challis/Salmon area over 15 years ago and instantly fell in love. The steep, rugged mountains, the beautiful rivers, and the many hot springs were everything I could have ever wanted in my life. A few years back, I had the opportunity to buy a river guide permit. Then, this year, I purchased 45 acres on the Salmon River just 15 minutes south of Salmon, Idaho. I started guiding hunters 15 years ago and since then have wanted to figure out a way to help people realize how important a role nature plays in our well-being. Over the years, I have watched people become more and more disconnected from nature and the toll it has taken on their sanity. I decided to use Ataraxis River Experience and this amazing 45 acres as my way to bring people back to nature. To show them, if given the chance, how much happier and at peace they can be if they take the time to be in nature. To surround themselves with all this available beauty. To walk barefoot along the riverbank. To breathe fresh mountain morning air. To witness a star-filled night free from artificial light pollution. To see the sunrise over the mountains of the Frank Church Wilderness. There are no words to describe the feelings I have felt while being in nature. We were never meant to stray so far from it.