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Southwestern Idaho

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Southwestern Idaho

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Southwestern Idaho is in Idaho.



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  • Three Island Crossing State Park, 1083 S Three Island Park Dr, Glenns Ferry, ID 83623, 208-366-2394, [1]. Camp, hike, mountain bike, and fish in this 613 acre park made famous by the 19th century pioneers that crossed the Snake River here. The Oregon Trail History and Education Center provides information and replicas surrounding the life of early settlers and Native Americans in the region. Watefowl, songbirds, deer, eagles, swans and fox can be spotted here.  edit
  • Boise National Forest, [2]. These 2.5 million acres of forest and grassland offer plentiful outdoor recreation, beautiful scenery, and varied wildlife.  edit
  • Ponderosa State Park, 1920 N Davis Ave McCall, ID 83638, 208-634-2164, [3]. This popular 1,515 acre park offers camping, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. There is a boat ramp as well as kayak and canoe rentals. There are cabin rentals as well as a yurt available.  edit
  • Sawtooth Wilderness, [4]. Spanning 217,000 acres, this wilderness area is dotted with 400 high alpine lakes and hundreds of jagged peaks (with 50 of the peaks reaching over 10,000 feet tall). This spectacular and remote area offers the chance for true solitude. There are 350 miles of scenic trails but the hiking season is short.  edit
  • Bruneau Canyon Overlook, (From the town of Bruneau, turn onto Colyer Road. Continue onto Hot Springs Road for 8.2 miles. Continue onto Cover 3 Creek Road. Follow for 7.5 miles and turn right onto an unmarked road. Follow the unmarked road for 3.1 miles until it reaches a dead end with a parking area.). This remote view point is a great place to watch the sunset over the Bruneau river and Owyhee Mountains.  edit
  • Bruneau Dunes State Park, 27608 Bruneau Sand Dunes Rd, Mountain Home, ID 83647, 208-366-7919, [5]. The main feature of this 4,800 acre park is the incredible 470-foot sand dune, the highest single-structured sand dune in North America. Activities include climbing the dune, fishing, boating, horseback riding, and sand boarding. Spot desert wildlife such as coyotes, rabbits, lizards, ducks, herons, and hawks.  edit
  • Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, [6]. These 485,000 acres are home to hundreds of breeding pairs of hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons. In addition to bird watching, this vast arid landscape also offers hiking, camping, and fishing.  edit
  • Hemingway Butte, (From Nampa, take ID 45 south to Walters Ferry. Just past the point where ID 45 turns into ID 78, take a right onto Upper Reynolds Creek Road. The parking area will be on the right). This is an ATV park that offers over 625 square miles of terrain for all levels. The abundance of novice and amateur trails makes it great for families. In addition, you can spot wild horses within the park.  edit
  • Dedication Point, (From Swan Falls Dam, continue north on S Swan Falls Road.). Located within the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, this viewpoint offers a look into the canyon and the chance to see birds. There is a quarter-mile interpretive trail that gives information on the geology and wildlife of the area.  edit


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  • Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, [7]. This 213-mile road winds along the Snake River through spectacular scenery and wilderness.  edit
  • Payette River Scenic Byway, (From the junction of US 95 at New Meadows along Idaho 55 south to Idaho 44 west of Boise). This scenic road passes along the Payette River and the Boise and Payette National Forests, offering endless scenic beauty and outdoor recreation.  edit
  • Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Rd, McCall, ID 83638, 208-634-7669, [8]. Brundage offers skiing for every skill level. With 1,200 acres of terrain and 320 inches of annual snowfall, Brundage is an excellent destination for winter sports. In summer, Brundage is known for having outstanding mountain biking.  edit
  • Backwoods Adventures, 208-469-9067, [9]. This outfitter located in McCall specializes in kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals on Payette Lake.  edit
  • Ponderosa Park Loop Trail, [10]. This loop trail offers views of Payette Lake and is popular with hikers and mountain bikers.  edit
  • Mile High Marina, 1300 E Lake street, McCall, ID 83638, 208-634-8605, [11]. This marina on Payette Lake rents ski boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks, and standup paddleboards.  edit
  • The Cove, 501 W Lake St, McCall, ID 83638, 208-630-0280, [12]. This highly acclaimed spa offers massages, facials, body treatments, and saltwater immersion pools.  edit
  • Louie Lake Trail, [13]. This trail offers stunning alpine scenery.  edit
  • Jug Mountain Ranch, 13834 Farm to Market Rd, McCall, ID 83638, 208-634-5072, [14]. Jug Mountain Ranch is known for its premier trails used for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and fat biking in the winter. During the summer, mountain bike on stunning single track trails or play a round of golf amidst beautiful scenery.  edit
  • Tamarack Resort, 311 Village Dr, Tamarack, ID 83615, 208-325-1000, [15]. Overlooking Cascade Lake, Tamarack offers an amazing array of winter and summer outdoor activities. In addition to its downhill skiing and snowboarding area, there is also a Nordic Center for cross-country skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing. Rentals and lessons are available on site. In summer, over 30 miles of International Mountain Biking Association approved trails wind through the pristine landscape. Enjoy scenic chairlift rides, miles of hiking trails, whitewater rafting, and ziplining. Stay at the lodge and relax at the spa.  edit
  • Weiser River Trail, [16]. Spot deer, elk, heron, bear, waterfowl, and raptors along this 84-mile rail to trail.  edit
  • Deadwood Outfitters, 1-800-684-3675, [17]. Head into the backcountry with Deadwood Outfitters for fishing, hunting, and horseback riding trips.  edit
  • Blue Lake, [18]. This 1.7-mile easy hike is family friendly, offering beautiful scenery and the opportunity to spot wildlife.  edit
  • Idaho X Sports, 135 Charter Ranch Rd, Garden Valley, ID 83622, 208-462-2555, [19]. This adventure center is known mostly for its 900 foot high tubing hill but it also offers snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, disc golf, a bungee trampoline, and mountain biking.  edit
  • Lazy R Ranch, 702 Dry Buck Rd, Banks, ID 83602, 208-584-3100, [20]. This guest ranch also offers horseback trail rides to the public.  edit
  • Zip Idaho, 101 Locust St, Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629, 208-793-2947, [21]. There are seven zip lines here, one of which is Idaho's longest at 2,000 feet, that offer beautiful views of Boise National Forest.  edit
  • Cascade Raft and Kayak, 7050 ID-55, Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629, 208-793-2221, [22]. Specializing in kayak and whitewater rafting trips on the Payette River, this adventure outfitter welcomes all ages and levels. From mild class II rapids to rollicking class IV rapids, there is a trip to fit any family's needs.  edit
  • Owyhee Uplands Back Country Byway, (From Grand View, turn left onto Idaho 78. Continue straight onto Mud Flat Road.). This 101-mile scenic route winds through the arid country of Southwest Idaho. From towering mountains and juniper woodlands to rolling hills and sagebrush meadows, the scenery is unforgettable. This is a very remote road that is mostly gravel and can be dangerously slick when precipitation falls.  edit
  • Snake River and Swan Falls- Wees Bar Petroglyphs Trail, (Trailhead is at Swan Falls Dam), [23]. This 11.8-mile trail is ideal for hiking and mountain biking and features ancient petroglyphs.  edit
  • Bruneau Dunes Loop, (Trailhead is at the end of Bruneau Dunes Road), [24]. This easy 2.4-mile trail in Bruneau Dunes State Park climbs up and across the a sand dune.  edit
  • Salmon Raft, 1308 Roosevelt Ave, McCall, ID 83638, 208-315-4706, [25]. From single day trips to five-day trips, this outfitter specializes in whitewater rafting the Salmon River.  edit
  • Hells Canyon Raft, 1308 Roosevelt Ave, McCall, ID 83638, 208-634-6366, [26]. This whitewater rafting outfitter runs trips in Hells Canyon on the Snake River as well as on the Salmon River.  edit
  • Western Heritage Historic Byway, (Starting in Meridian, take I-69 south at exit 44. Continue on I-69 for 8 miles to East Avalon Avenue in Kuna. Turn south on Swan Falls Road. Continue for 21 miles to Swan Falls Dam), [27]. Explore the Western Heritage Historic Byway's vast sagebrush lands and canyon rims of the Snake River. The panoramic, breathtaking view encompasses the snowcapped Owyhee Mountains, the Boise Front, and the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.  edit
  • Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway, (From Boise, take ID 21 all the way to the junction of ID 75 in Stanley.). This stunning 130.9-mile drive links the city of Boise to the classically beautiful mountain town of Stanley. Wind through miles of mountain scenery and stunning wilderness on this unforgettable drive.  edit

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