We acknowledge the traditional inhabitants of these lands including the Nez Perce, Coeur D'Alene, Flathead, Kutenai, Palouse, Cayuse, and Kalispel tribes.

With its broad mountains, wide valleys, beautiful lakes, streaming rivers, and breathtaking wilderness areas, North Idaho is a wonderful destination no matter the season.


Nestled between three mountain ranges (including the Selkirks for which our school is named), the city of Sandpoint is known for its outdoor activities, cultural events, and welcoming, small-town vibe.



Set at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 95 (north-south) and U.S. Highway 2 (east-west), Sandpoint lies almost at the northern-most tip of Idaho's panhandle about 50 miles north of Couer d'Alene, Idaho, 80 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington, and 350 miles east of Seattle, Washington.

If you're visiting from afar, you should plan to fly into Spokane International Airport (airport code GEG) and drive or carpool to Sandpoint via rental car. You'll find Alaska, Delta, Frontier, Horizon, Southwest, United, and American airlines offer flights into Spokane and a variety of rental car providers on site.

Sandpoint also boasts direct rail service via Amtrak's Empire Builder trains. You can explore their schedule at Amtrak's website.

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Sandpoint is a "walking town" that makes it easy for you to explore shops, dine at restaurants, and explore the community that makes this unique mountain town when you stay downtown. Hotels like the La Quinta in downtown Sandpoint are easily booked. If you prefer to be a bit out of town, The Country Inn on highway 95 is well placed between our primary locations. You'll also find heaps of AirBnB rentals available across the area. We highly recommend finding a place that you can call a home away from home while you're here.


North Idaho boasts breathtaking wilderness and exciting outdoor activities in ALL seasons. At the edge of Lake Pend Oreille and the base of Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint is prime for outdoor adventuring. We encourage you to extend your trip to explore the area, get outdoors, and celebrate all that our area has to offer.

Depending on the weather and your wants, you can hike, bike, camp, swim, kayak, paddleboard, fish, water ski, sail, wake board, snow ski, snowboard, and more...


We are avid outdoor enthusiasts ourselves: we will happily inform your itinerary with our favorite things to do in the area and resources on how to plan your visit for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whether you want to soak in hot springs in Montana or Canada, hike a remote trail with big horned sheep, bike a loop through Selle Valley, or experience a delicious meal in town, we may be able to offer some guidance. Email us at info@selkirkschoolofalchemy.com and let us know about your plans to visit and we'll do what we can to help.