Here in Idaho, we’ve been working together to improve safety, share information and reshape the way we recreate, so when you’re ready to adventure, we’ll be ready. We look forward to welcoming you to our countless hiking trails, towering waterfalls, lush forests and fresh mountain air. Until the time is right for you, stay healthy, stay safe and we’ll see you soon in Idaho.
Trails & Hiking
With over 19,000 miles of hiking trails, there’s an afternoon distraction or weeklong adventure for every desire. Idaho trails have wide variations in length, difficulty and environment, attracting adventurers from across the U.S. and abroad. Explore the Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho, reaching heights of almost 11,000 feet, or northern Idaho’s Mineral Ridge, overlooking beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, and home to Idaho’s famed bald eagle population.
We love the Treasure Valley, but Idaho offers endless opportunities to get away for a weekend. You’ll find residents retreating to McCall in the summer to live large on the lake, or escaping to Sun Valley for a dose of snow and sunshine.
The Gem State is full of amazing trails and fabulous views. Anyone who’s trekked to the towering Sawtooths or explored the maze of boulders at the City of Rocks knows that Idaho offers explorers eye-popping scenic views around every turn.
National & State Parks
Idaho’s state parks offer natural beauty, recreation, relaxation, and fun to Idahoans and visitors of our great state. Whether you call Idaho home or you are here just visiting, I welcome you to enjoy these beautiful places that help center our lives on what is most important – time with loved ones.
TOP 7 Idaho HIKES
With 13 major hiking trails surrounding Priest Lake, your day trip is bound to be full of wildlife sightings and crystal clear water.
The Upper Priest Lake Trail is an easy day hike that showcases North Idaho’s wilderness, as well as the shoreline of Priest Lake. Your kids will be thrilled to pass an old mine shaft along the trail, with the potential to see caribou in the wild.
The Military Reserve trail system, just 15 minutes from downtown Boise, is land that was originally used for military maneuvers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Since it’s now managed as a wildlife reserve, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of Boise’s cityscape, native plants, and catch glimpses of the local wildlife.
This trail system originates from the Central Ridge Trail, allowing runners, hikers and mountain bikers to create their own loop from a cardinal path. Take Central Ridge to Cottonwood Creek to wind through the sagebrush and cottonwood trees, or cross over to Ridge Crest Trail to explore the lower half of the trail system with your running buddies.
If you’re looking for an adventurous day hike, the Saddleback Lake Trails are your answer. The trailhead can be accessed from the Redfish Lake Creek Trail, which is just a short boat ride from the north shore of Redfish Lake.
Although it’s not an official U.S Forest Service trail, the Saddleback Lake Trails are infamous for their moderately challenging routes that outline the pristine Saddleback Lakes and give direct access to Elephant’s Perch, one of Idaho’s rock climbing gems. While Elephant’s Perch caters to the more experienced climber, the views from the bottom are just as breathtaking.
This family-friendly hike follows peaceful ponds and includes multiple points to stop and enjoy the natural beauty of the Stanley area. The 5-mile roundtrip hike is enjoyable for all activity levels and ages, making it an easy combination of recreation and relaxation during your family trip to Redfish Lake.
After a short walk through a sagebrush-lined path, the trail leads you through forests and meadows where you’re surrounded by a variety of gorgeous greenery and bright wildflowers. Now, just 30 to 45 minutes later (depending on how many scenic stops you take along the way) you and your trail buddies will come to beaver ponds. With Fishhook Creek Meadow in the forefront and Mount Heyburn in the background, the perfect family photo is just waiting to be taken.
Craters of the Moon’s active lava flow over 2,000 years ago resulted in a unique basalt terrain, making it a national monument unlike any other on the continent. Here, you can play the “floor is lava” game, and this time, you won’t be kidding!
The Caves Trail leads you and your kids on a 1.6-mile hike through four lava tubes and along fissures. The half mile, Inferno Cone Trail circles the summit of a cinder cone in the center of Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Located in Almo, Idaho, the City of Rocks National Reserve was a stopping point for thousands of emigrants on the California Trail in the 1800s. Today, it beckons explorers of all ages to delve into in its rich history and unique views.
Whether you are looking for a short walk to a scenic point, or a more adventurous day hike, The City of Rocks has a trail for the explorer in all of us. If you’re up for a longer hike and unbeatable scenery hit theNorth Fork Circle Creek which totals 6.3 miles between trailheads or take a shorter adventure on the 1.2 mile Geological Interpretive Trail loop.
A nearly 15-mile loop, the Redfish Lake Trail is an awe-inspiring hike to do with your most adventurous family and friends. Leave any tuckered out tykes at home for this one, and venture into the Sawtooths for an up close and personal encounter with all the natural beauty this trail has to offer. Be sure to stop and smell the wildflowers as you enjoy views of Redfish Lake from the many scenic overlooks that line the trail.
Idaho is famous for its blue-ribbon trout fishing streams, shimmering lakes and expansive reservoirs that tempt anglers with the promise of diverse fishing
Types of fish in idaho
Trout, Steelhead, Salmon, Mountain Whitefish, Bass, Crappie, White Sturgeon, Muskie, Catfish, and Walleye.
For many Idahoans the best fishing spot is the one that only they know about. The real fun comes from going out and finding your own!
Land of opportunity
With 26,000 miles of streams and rivers, and upwards of 3,000 natural lakes, Idaho is home to a variety of fish species.
Hunting in Idaho runs the spectrum from plentiful upland game to highly coveted trophy species
Seasons in Idaho are generally structured to provide a wide variety of hunting experiences with a strong emphasis on opportunity.
To hunt in Idaho you will need:
- a hunting license
- a tag for big game species and turkey
- to take a hunter education class if born after January 1, 1975
If you’ve never purchased a hunting license in Idaho, or any other state, and you’re 8 years of age or older, you are eligible for our Hunting Passport program.
The Forest Is Waiting
Idaho is home to a significant stretch of the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, and the Snake River Plain, all of which feature spectacular, scenic and tranquil bodies of water to explore and enjoy. Add to these untouched mountainous terrains, fantastic parks and recreation areas, magnificent lakes, the deepest gorge and the highest waterfall in the country, and you have a wealth of incredible scenic landscapes to explore.