Eerily similar to Yellowstone’s Paradise Valley, McCall offers small-town charm, warm and welcoming people at every turn, and natural wonders that can’t be found anywhere else. McCall is even located near federally managed land called the Payette National Forest – which boasts 2.3 million acres. McCall also has a rich history that involves three Native American tribes and a patriarch named Thomas McCall.
In short, Thomas and his wife Louisa traded a troupe of horses with Sam Dever back in 1889-1891 for a cabin and 160 acres of land. Tom, his wife, four sons, and a daughter all lived in that cabin, and Tom went on to establish a school, hotel, saloon, and post office, where he took on the role of postmaster. With the help of his friends and colleagues, McCall grew rapidly and even gained Hollywood’s attention in 1938, when the town was selected as the location to film the Academy Award-nominated Northwest Passage. The film starred performances by American actors Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, and Walter Brennan.
Today, McCall is a vibrant destination surrounded by pine-covered mountains and offers year-round adventure for outdoor lovers. Basically, it’s the real-life version of Paradise Valley without the scripted drama – what more could anyone ask for?