The Challis area was first inhabited by Indian tribes lured to the area by
Today Challis is the Custer County seat. It is the site of the headquarters of the Challis National Forest and the Land of the Yankee Fork Idaho State Centennial Park. It is still the economic center of present-day mines, ranches and farms.
We have K-12 schools with good teacher/student ratios. Extracurricular activities include interscholastic athletics (football, wrestling, volleyball, basketball and track), music, debate, FFA and rodeo. Approximately 70% of the students attend college.
The Challis area has many orginazations including Challis Arts Council,
The Challis Messenger is our local newspaper. Their phone number is 208-879-4445,
The Challis Area Health Center has x-ray and laboratory facilities as well as an emergency room capable of treating and stabilizing acute trauma cases until they can be transported for more extensive treatment either by ambulance or Life Flight helicopter. Specialists who regularly visit the clinic provide additional medical services.
There are nine or more church denominations in the Challis area.
Cable television is available in the city. Many residents in the county have satellite receivers. Also, several radio stations are available. Challis also has a public access channel available to cable subscribers, Channel 23. Programming is provided by the local schools.
There are two veterinary clinics, both of which provide excellent services.
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