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Southern Idaho is a beautiful place and if whether you are here for the first time to visit, or you are here to stay for a while, it’s time you learned all it has to offer.

Our Idaho Adventure Guide will give you all the tips and tricks you need to get out safely, teach you how to be respectful of your surroundings, and show you all the places to visit that you never knew were here. Learn about leave no trace, the ten essentials while heading out and proper permits for travel. Download the Guide for printing here or browse the adventures below.

Adventures close to Boise

Adventures within 100 miles

Farther away but close enough!

CLOSE TO BOISE

Boise outdoor adventures within 5 miles to explore

Zoo Boise

Our little Boise Zoo is really incredible for its size. It has so much to offer in terms of education and sights/animals to see as well as play structures.

Located inside the quaint Julia Davis Park and next to the rose garden, the zoo is a fun place to take the kids any day of the year. Check out its many activities and special fun days to meet animals and learn more about wildlife from around the world. Also located near the zoo, Abraham Lincoln in his finest. Make sure to take a selfie with him!

Address: 355 Julia Davis Dr. Boise, ID 83702
Contact: (208) 608-7760
Hours: Open year-round. 10am-5pm, last admission is 4pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Pricing:  Check the website for updated fees. Join Friends of Zoo Boise and get a membership!
Special Attraction pricing: Giraffe & Sloth Encounter, Zoo Farm; Conservation cruise, Carousel
For updated pricing and information head to www.zooboise.org

Boise River Greenbelt

Boise is known for its extensive paved greenbelt. Walk, ride or jog between all our 12 beautiful scenic parks along the river.

Walking, riding, or scootering along the Boise River Greenbelt is something every family has to do at least once. The park runs through several different parks in the city. So picking one to begin at can be the biggest challenge. Walk along the river for a gorgeous view and don’t forget to visit every season as the scenery changes often. 

Contact: (208) 384-4240
Websiteparks.cityofboise.org
Hours: Open from sunrise to sunset

Per the city: “The goal: create a land and water trail system for community walking, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, river paddling, fishing, and other outdoor activities.” 25-mile tree-lined pathway that follows the Boise River for scenic bike rides, runs, hikes. The path runs from Lucky Peak to Garden City; links over 850 acres of parks and natural areas along the Boise River. The Greenbelt runs through several Parks throughout the city; Parks along the Boise Greenbelt include Barber Park, Municipal Park, Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, and Kathryn Albertson Park. Provides a massive opportunity for sighting of wildlife. Bikes may be rented from nearby hotels and other nearby locations. Stand-up paddleboards and other watercraft are available to rent at the Boise Whitewater Park. Several restaurants and hotels lie within 5 miles of the greenbelt Also, families, groups, or businesses can take an active role in maintaining the health and ecological integrity of the Boise River Greenbelt by adopting a section to keep it clean. 

Floating the Boise River

With the Boise River running right through town, it is a must do every summer to take a trip down the river.

Floating the Boise River is a staple activity in Boise. Meandering down the river is a right of passage for all Idahoans. Bring your own rafts or rent them, but you should not miss out on this one! 

Contact: Info Line (208)577-4584 Message Line (208)577-4588 email boiseriverraftandtube@gmail.com
Starting point: located in Barber Park: located 6 miles from downtown Boise on Eckert Rd between Warm Springs and Boise Avenues. Take out at Ann Morrison Park.
Park Hours: Park opened year-round, floating river opened during summer months
Rental Shack Hours: Check the website for full details and shuttle service hours
Websitehttps://adacounty.id.gov/parksandwaterways/float-the-boise-river/

The full float is 6 miles and takes about 2-3 hours. Rafts and Tubes are available for rent.  Rental equipment is rented out on a first come first serve basis. No reservations. No pets are allowed on rental equipment. Credit card and matching ID required for all rentals. 

Skateboarding Parks

There are several skateboarding parks within the city limits of Boise as well as just outside. Experience them all to see which one is your favorite.

Boise offers many skateparks throughout the city. Some well-known bigger skate parks, and some smaller hidden gems you are sure to love! A few favorites are listed here along with the website to search for the perfect one you’re looking for today!

Rhodes Skate Park

Rhodes Skate Park is a 1.28-acre special use park in downtown Boise.
Location: 1555 W Front St Boise, ID
Hours: Sunrise- 11pm
Restroom: A portable restroom is available
Smoking Prohibited                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Motorized vehicles, electric mobility devices, and e-scooters are not allowed at this park
Webcams at Rhodes skate park available for viewing at cityofboise.org

Fort Boise Skate Park

Location: Northwest corner in Fort Boise Park- 155 E Garrison Rd, Boise ID
Hours: sunrise to 11pm
Restroom: Boise Parks and Rec is replacing the existing restroom at this park. It will have 4 single use stalls with storage
Fort Boise opened in 1999 and was the first skate park dedicated specifically for skateboarding. 8900 sq foot cement park features mid-sized, in ground transition walls varying from 3ft to 6ft.

Mcdevitt Skate Park

Location: In the McDevitt Sports Complex; 5101 N Eagle Rd, Boise ID
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Restrooms: portable restrooms available
Most features are mobile and modular. The surfaces of the modular features were replaced with new Skatelite in 2013

For a list of other nearby skateparks and updated information, visit: boiseskateboardassociation.com

Ridge to Rivers – Boise Foothills

The Boise foothills are expansive and yet so close to town. They provide miles and miles of hiking, biking and 4 wheeling opportunities.

Ridge to Rivers offers over 190 miles of trail to be used as you and your family desires for your next adventure! Some trails are steep and require skill while others are gradual and are suitable for a wide range of abilities. These trails are available year-round as long as weather permits. Summer is a good time to visit the trails closer to Bogus Basin because temperatures will be cooler. While fall brings a new variety of colors and beauty to the hills.

Trails:
Camel’s Back and Hulls Gulch Reserve
Hawkins Range Reserve
Hillside to Hollow Reserve
Military Reserve
Oregon Trail Reserve
Polecat Reserve
Shafer Butte Area
Table Rock Area 

Family Friendly Hikes: Hulls Pond Loop, Red Fox Trail, Camels Back Reverse Trails, Crestline Trail, Hulls Gulch Interpretive Trail, Toll Road, Cottonwood Creek Trail Loop, Table Rock Trail, Shane’s Trail, Red Tail Trail

Mountain Bike Loops: (from easier to more difficult) Toll Road Trail; Owl’s Roost, Shane’s Loop, Polecat Loop; Corrals Trail/Bob’s Trail/ Highlands Trail; West Highland Valley Trail/Cobb Trail/Homestead; Kestrel Trail/Crestline Trail/Sidewinder Trail/ Fat Tire Traverse/Military Reverse Connection

Dogs on the trails: Know the leash restrictions for the trails and which trails require leash use at all times; always pick up your pets’ waste; keep dogs from hunting birds; keep pets from interfering with other trail users or causing erosion on hills

General Trail Etiquette: Be Mindful and respectful; expect to see others on the trails, please don’t block trails, stay on the trail, and please do not use wet trails; if you are leaving footprints then the trails are too wet to use. Please turn around to prevent damage to the trails. 

For more trail etiquette information/videos, detailed trail information, an interactive map, and current maintenance schedules and closures, please visit ridgetorivers.org

Quinns Pond – Esther Simplot Park

Within our little city an amazing place abounds with places for little kids to play, folks to paddle and great access to the Boise Greenbelt.

Esther Simplot Park offers a full day of fun for your family! The park bears endless fun with fishing docks, picnic areas, small beach areas, wetlands, reservable shelters, and a playground available to entertain your little ones. A waterway was built to connect Quinns Pond and two ponds inside Esther Simplot Park for an extended water experience.

Location: 603 N Whitewater Park Blvd. North of the Boise River between Fairview Ave and Veterans Parkway.
Park Location: 3206 Pleasanton Ave, Boise                                                                                                                                                                           
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Parking: On-site parking available                                                                                                                                                                               
Restrooms: Open year round closest to the river. Portable restroom available in winter near the other restroom building                                                    Playground: Available for children ages 2-12
                                                                                                                                                                 
Reservations: The pavilion, Pier, and Friendship Island can be reserved. 1 reservation per day. Reservations start January 1st each year.
Rentals: Canoes, Kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are available to rent at Idaho River Sports. To check out their service visit their website at idahoriversports.com              
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
All alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
                                  

If you’re looking for more information on reservations, fees, or general park and pond information please visit cityofboise.com   

Boise Whitewater Park (Surfing in Boise!)

Surfing in Boise? What is this you say? YES! This park has some sweet areas for surfing at all levels.

Boise Whitewater Park is an adjustable play wave for surfing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding. Come check out your fellow water enthusiast or get your gear ready and join in the fun! Bring the whole family down to watch the thrills and have a picnic! Seating is available on the nearby rocks and benches.

Location: 3400 W Pleasanton Ave Boise, ID 83702                                                                                                                                                          
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Onsite info visit: Idaho River Sports (208)336-4844
Contact info: Boise City Parks bpr@cityofboise.org 
Parking: Off street parking is available off the Whitewater Park Blvd in Esther Simplot Park next to Idaho River Sports
River 
Accessibility: Areas above and below the play wave to access the river

Phase 2 of the whitewater Park will have three new in-river structures downstream from the original whitewater wave. The three new features will create waves for all skill levels. Phase 2 is expected to be completed winter of 2022-2023.

To check out their wave cam, wave schedule, and more park user information, please visit their website boisewhitewaterpark.com 

Boise Bike Park

Want to get some air while biking? Consider trying out the bike park right in the middle of town adjacent to the foothills

J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Bike Park

Location: 750 Mountain Cove Rd                                                                                                                                                                                   
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, weather permitting                                                                                                                                                                   
Parking: Parking available on the berm next to the park; overflow parking available across Mountain Cove Road in the Fort Boise lot.                    Restrooms: facilities are open year- round                                                                                                                                                                   
Safety information: Riders should always wear helmets. E-bikes or motorized vehicles of any kind are prohibited inside the park. Watch out for other riders and ride on your skill level. Spectators should stay off terrain and trails.
Website: Boise Bike Park                                                                                                                                

No pets allowed in the bike park. Service animals are welcome.

Designed to accommodate multiple skill levels from beginner to expert. Beginner trails are marked with a green circle; blue square for intermediate; black diamond for advanced; two black diamonds for expert.

Cross Country Trails: Cross Country Trails around the perimeter of the bike park are beginner level. 

Pump Tracks: Asphalt pump tracks provide loops for riders with rolls and curves that keep your bike moving with limited pedaling. Beginner and advanced pump tracks at the park. Advanced tracks have higher rolls and steep curves that allow for jumps. 

Slopestyle Trails: Trails range from beginner to expert. Beginner trails offer smaller mounds and spacing that allows riders to control their speed. The other tails in this section offer multiple ways of approaching jump features from advanced to less technical. 

Smoking and Alcoholic beverages of any kind are prohibited at this park

Archery in Boise

If you are a fan of archery, try your hand at one of our parks to practice. One park has targets and another has foam animals to practice shooting at.

Archery Range

Location: 1800 Mountain Cove Rd. Located in the Military Reserve.                                                                                                                                 
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset                                                                                                                                                                                           
Restroom: Year-round portable restroom available                                                                                                                                                               
Fees: Available at a drop-in basis with no cost to users                                                                                                                                                 
Website: cityofboise.org                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Lanes: 10 lanes available- 80yrd, 60yrd, 50yrd, 2x 40yrd, 30yrd, 2x 20yrd, 10yrd, broadhead lane with yardage markers are from 10-80yrds

Archery Safety Regulations: Archers shall shoot only at designated targets; shoot only from the shooting line; use broadheads on personal targets only; ensure area is clear before shooting; must be done shooting before arrows are retrieved; children under 12 years of age must have adult supervision

Archers cannot: use broadheads except on personal targets; use crossbows; use paintball guns or firearms of any sort; partake or have alcoholic beverages; allow pets within the boundaries of the archery range 

Smoking and all Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at this park

 Boise River WMA Archery Range

Archers are able to walk a mile long course and shoot at 20 dispersed foam targets. Targets are three-dimensional foam wildlife animals you may hunt in Idaho! All skill levels are welcome to use the range. Near the start of the range is a practice area where you can warm up before you begin the course.

Location: Highland Valley Ln, Boise ID 83716                                                                                                                                                               
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset from May 1 to Nov 15, weather permitting                                                                                                                                       
No Restrooms or trash service: “Pack it in, pack it out”                                                                                                                                                 
Fees: No charge to use the range                                                                                                                                                                                           
Bows/arrows:  Range is designed for traditional and compound bows. Broadhead arrows are not permitted. You are able to use broadhead arrows on your own personal targets at the practice range. 

For more information on this range please visit idfg.idaho.gov

Lucky Peak State Park

We are so lucky to have a state park so close to town. Offering year long activities for water or trail fun, Lucky Peak is a great family outing no matter when you decide to come.

Lucky Peak State Park
The ideal place for swimming, boating, paddling, fishing, biking and picnicking. 

Location: 74 Arrowrock Rd Boise, ID 83716, 8miles SE of Boise                                                                                                                                            
Contact: (208) 334-2432                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Motor vehicle entry fee: $7 per vehicle                                                                                                                                                                                   
Group Shelter: $50 per day (208)334-3432 for reservations                                                                                                                                                   
Moorage slips: $539, $749, or $1019 per year – call (208)336-9505                                                                                                                                       
Restroom: ADA Restroom                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Amenities: Air compressor, amphitheater, boat ramp/launch, charcoal grills, firewood sales, indoor flush toilet restrooms, full-service park store with gasoline, group picnic shelter, life jacket loaner station, outdoor showers, paddleboard rental, water fountains

For more information about Lucky Peak State Park visit parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

Spring Shores Marina                                                                                                                                                                                               
Offers a full- service marina, fuel, convenience store, recreation equipment rental                                                                                                                  Location: 40 minute drive from Boise. 

Hours: May- Sept 8am- 9pm. Sept- April sunrise to sunset.                                                                                                                                                   
Amenities: Boat ramps, plenty of parking, full-service marina, fuel, watercraft rentals, and convenience store. Wi-Fi at Marina. Long term moorage.         
Rentals: Boats, personal watercraft, and water sports equipment rental is available from Redline Recreation Toys (208)695-2288

For more information about Spring Shores Marina please visit parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

 Discovery Unit                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Offers beautiful and excellent flatwater to fish, kayak, canoe, and relax. 

Location: 10-minute drive from downtown Boise or a 30-minute bike ride on the Boise River Greenbelt
Hours: Open Sunrise to Sunset.                                                                                                                                                                                           
Restrooms: available                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Amenities: Picnic tables, grills, reservable group shelters                                                                                                                                               
Reservations: Group picnic shelters $50 a day for up to 100 people + $7 entry fees. Parties 101-200 people $100. Parties 201+ $200; Call (208)334-2432 for Reservations.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Pets: Dogs welcome; keep dogs on leash when not in water and clean up after them. 

For more information about the Discovery Unit please visit parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

Sandy Point                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Large sandy swimming area with water toys and two beach volleyball courts

Location: 10 minute drive from downtown Boise or a 30 minute bike ride on the Boise River Greenbelt
Hours: 8am- 4pm. First come first served. No reservations                                                                                                                                                 
Restrooms: available along with changing areas and showers                                                                                                                                               
Amenities: charcoal grills, picnic tables, Disc golf                                                                                                                                                                   
Rentals: Stand up Paddleboard rentals from Paddleboard Idaho (208)991-0039; www.supboise.com
Pets: Not allowed at the park from Oct 1- May 1.                                                                                                                                                                     
No glass containers. No fishing. No hard bottom boats in the swimming area.

For more information about Sandy Point please visit parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

Rock Climbing at Black Cliffs

If climbing rocks is what you enjoy, look no further. Boise offers several places within a short distance of town to hitch up and get up. (Also several indoor places as well!)

Black Cliffs along the Boise River leading to Lucky Peak provides year-round climbing. The cliffs are made of volcanic columnar basalt and provide ideal handholds and footholds. Best time to climb is Spring and Fall to avoid extreme temperatures. Access is easy and usually not crowded.

Getting there: Take hwy 84 to the Gowen rd/Highway 21 exit. Take Hwy 21 towards Lucky Peak                                                                               

Fees: No fees for users                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Pets: Dog friendly                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Time to complete: 1 hour- all day
The short cliffs and Mid Cliffs are the best areas to get quick climbing sessions in.                                                                                                     

Summer months: Car body canyon is a good place to find shade in the hot months

 

For more information on the Black Cliffs you can find it at rootsrated.com

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Short drives within 100 miles of Boise

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Boise outdoor adventures within 5 miles to explore

Box Canyon Nature Reserve - Thousand Springs State Park

Until you see it, you won’t know the vastness of its beauty. To see the crystal blue waters you have to trek to the bottom of the canyon!

Box Canyon is one of the five units that make up Thousand Springs State Park. The trail will lead you to a piercing blue spring. Access to this pool is from the lookout. If free- climbing down the canyon isn’t an option, there is another spring that is much easier to access, that is equally as remarkable with its bright blue waters, just a mile longer down the trail. After your hike down, jump in the cool water for a refreshing break! At the base of the canyon, on your way to the spring, you will also be able to view a 20ft waterfall, which is considered one of the most gorgeous falls Thousand Springs State Park has to offer. 

Location: 2314 S Ritchie Rd, Hagerman ID. Take exit 155 at Wendell, ID. Then travel about 3 miles to 1500 East. Then go south for 4 ½ miles, parking lot will be on the right

Contact: (208) 837-4505

Hours: Day use locations are open 7am to 10pm. *May be changed at managers discretion* 

Fee: Parking fee per vehicle. There is a front parking lot or a new parking lot in the back which will cut out a mile walk.

For more information on Box Canyon visit parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

Craters of the Moon National Preserve

One of 6 national parks we have here in Idaho, it’s a must see for its beauty. Every season provides different activities.

Craters of the moon got its name when local legends made reference to the landscape looking like the surface of the moon. It’s one of the youngest volcanic areas in Idaho. Different seasons bring different opportunities to explore. Fall is ideal with its cooler weather, Spring offers peak wildflower bloom, Wintertime is a great opportunity for snowshoeing and XC skiing, and Summer is often hot and hiking in the morning hours is recommended. Dark lava rocks will get to 170degrees! The 7-mile loop road points to all the trailheads. 

Location: 1266 Craters Loop Road, Arco ID. Visitor center is located 18 miles west of Arco on US Hwy 20/26/93

Contact: visitor info (208)527-1335 Headquarters (208)572-1300 Or email on website nps.gov

Fees and Permits: Please check website for current fees and pass information. Free permit required for day use in the North end of the park and for overnight use.

Hours: the park is open every day but during winter months park facilities and the loop road are closed. 

Amenities: restrooms, first aid/medical care, ranger/staff member present, auto/bus/RV parking, drinking water, vending machines, maps available

Activities: Hiking, road biking, snowshoeing, skiing, nature, exploring

Facilities: picnic tables, drinking water, vault restroom, campfire ring and charcoal grill

Pets: are allowed but opportunity to explore with them is limited. Not allowed in the Visitor center or on the trails. Service animals welcome

*All wilderness caves closed to public use*

Campground: 42- site campground accessible by automobile from May through November. First Come first served. Some sites accommodate large RVs but no hookups. Vault toilets year-round. Group campground available by reservation; up to 30 people.

Reservations: Through recreation.gov

Visit nps.gov for information on parking current parking fees and conditions, visitor center hours and seasonal information

City of Rocks National Reserve

Another National Park in Idaho, this area serves as another all season getaway for many activities all year long.

City of Rocks is a granite- face climbing site. Climbers find the granite of the Almo Pluton to be some of the best. About 700 routes have been developed. City of rocks also has access to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Winter is great for snowshoeing and skiing!

Location: 3035 Elba- Almo Road Almo ID

Contact: (208)824-5901

Hours: 365 24/7. Winter months some roads are impassable.

Visitor Center Hours: Summer 8am-4:30pm Winter/Fall Wednesday-Sunday 8am-4:30pm, closed on holidays

Wi-Fi: Available to the public

Activities: Hiking, climbing, camping, birding, auto touring, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting and archery, fishing, winter activities. Check nps.gov for detailed information on which trails are best for you 

Camping: Please check website for campground reservation season information, permits, and fees at nps.gov

Reservations: Strongly encouraged if you plan to stay overnight. Reservations can be made online at www.reserveamerica.com or by calling (888)922-6743 

Pets: Allowed at the park but must be kept on a leash within 6ft

Check visitor center or website for current conditions at Parksandrecreation.idaho.gov 

Rafting the Salmon River

Seemingly farther away- but not quite is yet another option for rafting. With several places to enter the river, you can either guide yourself with the right gear or hire a tour company!

The Salmon River is also referred to as “The River of No Return.” It flows 425 miles through central Idaho. The Salmon River is loaded with giant roller coaster rapids, deep greens pools of slow-moving water perfect for swimming, lined with white sand beaches to make for the perfect exhilarating outing for you and your family!

Main Salmon– ½ day, full day or multi-day rafting trip. April- October are the most popular months to raft this section. Class III difficulty. 82 miles. Permit info for multi day trips found at fs.usda.gov

Middle Fork– “The Middle Fork” is typically a multi-day trip. It runs 75-100 miles, depending on where you put in. Indian Creek or Boundary Creek are the most popular put in areas and you take out at Cache Bar. Before you go, you must get a permit through a competitive lottery that occurs each January. fs.usda.gov

Lower Salmon- Multi (3-5) day trip. Or full or ½ day trips available on this section of the Salmon River.

There are several outfitters nearby to take you on the best adventure for you! All will offer all the equipment and amenities to fill your day with nothing to think about other than the white water and sun above you! Here are just a few recommendations: 

Idaho Adventures: 100 Courthouse Dr, Salmon ID Contact: (208) 756-2986 Website: idahoadventures.com

Orange Torpedo Trips: 1512 N Main Street, Riggins ID Contact: (208) 717-2007 Website: Orangetorpedo.com

Adventure Idaho Inc: 606 Main St, Riggins ID Contact: (208) 628-3373 email: highadventureidaho@gmail.com Website: highadventureid.com

Lake Payette

A short drive out of the city and you get yet another lake to serve you interests of boating, floating, swimming and camping. Just next to Ponderosa State Park, there is not a shortage of activities here. And don’t forget that snow in the winter here makes for a good sledding or snowshoeing spot!

Payette Lake is the centerpiece of activity in Mccall. The 5330-acre lake is excellent for boating, swimming, fly fishing, kayaking, jet skiing, and more! There are plenty of sandy beaches. It also offers 1000 acres of natural wilderness, campsites, hiking trails. 

Location: Mccall, ID

Rentals: Watercraft rentals are available on location

Restrooms: Available 

Dining: several restaurants nearby

Visit visitidaho.org if you’re looking for a little more information about Payette Lake

Visitmccall.org also has more information about Payette Lake and its surroundings of McCall, ID

Redfish Lake

For beautiful views of the Sawtooth Mountains and some amazing camping and recreation, Redfish Lake is nationally known for its amenities.

Redfish Lake is the largest lake in the Sawtooth Mountains. U.S. Forest Service has developed some facilities for hiking, camping, and water sports. North Shore has a seasonal hotel and marina called Redfish Lake Lodge. The lodge offers a ferry service for hikers and sightseers! Also, a great venue to plan your next events or weddings! 

Location: 5 miles south of Stanley, ID

Facilities: campgrounds, cabins, picnic sites, toilets, drinking water, swimming beaches, a boat launch, and a horse corral.

 Trailheads gives way to a number of trails for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and mountain biking around the lake and in the mountains

Redfish Lake Lodge: 401 Redfish Lodge Rd, Stanley ID

Contact: (208)774-3536

Marina: Boat rentals available

Website: redfishlake.com

Shoshone Falls

Just inside Twin Falls, and along the Snake River, this waterfall is a must see. Whether you are paddling there on the water or seeing it from above, the water is fine!

Shoshone Falls is often referred to as “The Niagra Falls of the West.”  At 212ft and 900ft wide, which actually makes it bigger than Niagara Falls. If you have never been, the best time to be viewed is during the spring and early summer months when flows are high, and falls are strong!

Location: 4155 Shoshone Falls Grade, Twin Falls ID

Contact: (208) 736-2265

Hours and fees: Please check website for current hours and fees tfid.org or visitidaho.org

Restrooms: Available

Recreational Facilities: playgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp, swimming area, 

Parking: RV and tour bus parking available

Pets: Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash 

Also visit https://visitsouthidaho.com/waterfalls/ for other spectacular waterfalls near us!

Ponderosa State Park

Nestled inside the city of McCall, this gorgeous park allows a lot of fun and amenities you won’t want to miss. 

Ponderosa State Park is a 1,000-acre state park and recreation area open to the public in McCall, Idaho. It offers every daytime and overnight adventure! 

Location: 1920 Davis Ave, McCall ID 

Contact: (208) 634-2164

Hours of Operations: Day use locations are open from 7am-10pm 

Amenities: Boat ramps, charcoal grills, electricity, fire rings, indoor flush toilets, indoor showers, group picnic shelter, kayak rentals, water fountains

Trail types: hike and bike on wide and single tracked trails, winter groomed Nordic, snowshoe trails

Park Reservations: 1-888-9-CAMPID (1-888-922-6743) or reserveamerica.com

Accommodations: 9 Cabins along the shore of Payette Lake, RV campsites, Tent Campsites, Yurts; 163 serviced campsites, 22 standard, 7 serviced ADA sites, 9 deluxe cabins

You can check website for cabin and camping reservation fees parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

Backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains - 7 Devils Mountains - White Cloud Mountains

For some folks, being in the middle of crowded camping areas isn’t for them. Take your hiking to the next level by backpacking through the mountains. Idaho sure has some beautiful backcountry and you can’t go wrong. Always take safety precautions when heading out into the inner mountains.

Sawtooth Range is a mountain range of the Rocky Mountains, with 57 peaks and an elevation over 10,000 feet. Home to close to 400 lakes created by alpine glaciers. Including 700 miles of trails to be ventured on! The seven Devils Mountains are part of the Rocky Mountains, and stretch along the Idaho/Oregon border, located just southeast of Riggins, ID and accessible from US Hwy 95 up a road that clumps over 5,500 vertical feet. The range stretches about 50 miles.

Activities: camping, hiking, backpacking, biking, fishing, boating, rafting, observing wildlife and nature 

Major hikes: Heaven’s gate; most popular. The overlook sits at 8,000 feet and you can see 4 states from that spot, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Montana

Seven Devils Trail loop:  26.7-mile trail. Highlights the most impressive peaks, lakes, and scenery

Dry Diggins Lookout: panoramic views of surrounding summits, He Devil, She Devil, Devil’s Tooth. Remnants of 25-year-old Forest Service artifacts

idahoaclimbingguide.com has more details and information about the 7 Devils Mountains to checkout before you plan your next trip!

Also, visit Visitidaho.org for more information on the White Cloud Mountains! 

For more information on the Sawtooth Mountains please check out visitidaho.org