Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Outdoor Idaho Celebrates Idaho With This Beautiful Video

from our 30th Anniversary Special... a short video essay

This week we reprise our 30th anniversary special, in which we try to capture the essence of Idaho. Here’s the short video essay that explores the importance of being connected to the land.

Posted by Outdoor Idaho on Thursday, August 27, 2015

This week Outdoor Idaho reprised their 30th anniversary special, in which they tried to capture the essence of Idaho. Here’s the short video essay that explores the importance of being connected to the land.

"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the region of the map below that you would like to visit next.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Discover Idaho's State Parks

The story of Idaho can be told in its state parks. We explore the history of the parks movement and how parks are faring in today's economy. In a state famous for its stunning federal lands, some of Idaho's state parks have struggled to stay open.

"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the the map below and start to plan your next visit to Idaho.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Making Lasting Outdoor Memories in Idaho For 50 Years

Making Lasting Outdoor Memories in Idaho For 50 Years

Please join the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation in celebrating 50 Years. This is a very special milestone.

Events will be held throughout the year across the state. Be sure to check out these events where you can meet Scout the fox and take a tour of the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Airstream Trailer!

50 Years Upcoming Events

Jul 01
A day of reflection (Tour the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Airtream Trailer)

Jul 11
Historic Skills Fair and Anniversary Celebration

Jul 11
Interpretive Programming

Jul 11
An event at Ritter Island the whole family will enjoy! (Tour the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Airtream Trailer)

Jul 11
Interpertive Programs

Jul 17
Program: The History of Priest Lake (Tour the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Airtream Trailer)

Jul 18
Disc Golf Tournament

Jul 18
Celebrate 50 Years with Round Lake State Park (Tour the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Airtream Trailer)

Jul 24 - Jul 26
Heritage Days, Harriman State Park of Idaho (Tour the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Airtream Trailer)

Jul 25
Canoe/Kayak Paddling Workshop

Jul 25
Dedication and Ribbon Cutting, Museum at the Brig

Aug 08
Interpretive Programs

Aug 14 - Aug 16
Ride the Bayhorse

Aug 15
Kite Day: Bear Lake State Park, North Beach

Aug 15
Food, boating events (Tour the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Airtream Trailer)

Aug 22
Seminars, vendors, demonstrations, family fun! (Tour the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Airtream Trailer)

Sep 06
Concert, Lucky Peak State Park

Sep 12
In conjunction with the Idaho Star Party (Tour the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Airtream Trailer)

Sep 13
Concert, Lucky Peak State Park

Sep 20
Concert, Lucky Peak State Park

Sep 27
Concert, Lucky Peak State Park

"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the region of the map below that you would like to visit next.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Get Unplugged and Hike Idaho

Come Hike Idaho

Nothing can be more exhilarating than putting a pack on your back and setting out for either day trips or overnights in the wilderness. Idaho has many areas throughout the state that give you the opportunity to get back to nature. 

Unplug from your digital daily life and go find some adventure Idaho style! 

Hiking in Idaho State Parks

Idaho state parks in every region of the state have opportunities for hiking and learning about the natural. These Idaho state parks have exceptional hiking opportunities:

Priest Lake State Park

Farragut State Park

Ponderosa State Park

Harriman State Park

Bruneau Dunes State Park

City of Rocks National Reserve

The Ashton to Tetonia Trail

The Trail of the Coeur d'Alene's

Idaho City Area Yurts and Trail System

Hiking in Wilderness Areas

Idaho has some of the most beautiful wilderness in the lower 48 states, two of which, (the Frank Church and Selway Bitteroot Wilderness areas), are the largest. Follow a trail through 6,000 foot river canyons, hike to alpine lakes or jagged peaks, or find solitude on thousands of miles of hiking trails in Idaho's designated wilderness areas. Some popular wilderness areas for hiking include: 

Sawtooth Wilderness 
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
Owyhee Wilderness Areas
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness 
Gospel Hump Wilderness
Hells Canyon Wilderness

Hiking in Idaho National Forests

More than 70% of Idaho land is public and managed by the US Forest Service and Federal Bureau of Management.  There are trails for a short hike for the whole family or a once-in-a-lifetime hiking experience.  Below is information about hiking in Idaho's National Forests and National monument areas:

Boise National Forest
Payette National Forest
Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Clearwater National Forest
Nez Perce National Forest
Panhandle National Forests 
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Get Unplugged to Plug In

With so many opportunities to find that perfect hiking spot here in Idaho what are you waiting for? Step away from the laptop and turn off that smart phone. Forget selfies, snap some photos of wildlife. It is time to unplug to get plugged in to some peace and quiet. 

Make one of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association" in these regions your base camp. Lets go hiking! 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Idaho Wines Newest Video: Wine Musings with Beatrice Straight

To find a winery in a region you will be visiting when you come to Idaho please go here: Idaho Wines

This region also features some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Calling All Golfers! Fourteen Courses in Four Different Idaho Regions

Golfers come from all over to play the award winning golf courses we have here in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Commerce has put together a convenient guide called the Idaho Golf Trail. Map out your trip using any one of the four golf loops or go on a true golfing adventure by visiting all fourteen courses in the state. 

The 14-course Trail covers four scenic loops and includes destination courses like the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Circling Raven, Sun Valley Resort and Teton Springs.


Circling Raven
At 7,189 yards, the par 72 championship layout meanders through 620 acres, with only 100 representing cultivated ground.

Coeur d’Alene
Home of the Floating Green, the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains on the shores of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Stone Ridge
Completely redesigned in 2001 by Frank Burandt, formerly of Nicklaus Design Group, the course features 6,684 yards of Kentucky Blue Grass with Bent Grass greens.

University of Idaho
Nestled among the rolling hills of the Palouse, this unique course is challenging, offering a variety of shots from uneven lies to elevated and recessed greens.


Jug Mountain Ranch
You can enjoy wonderful alpine links while taking in gorgeous panoramic views of Jughandle Mountain, the Ranch’s natural wetlands and old growth forests.

Meadow Creek
Conveniently located in the heartland of Idaho, 13 miles north of McCall, it is an easy drive from both southern and northern Idaho and makes the perfect stopover.

A golf experience unlike any other awaits you at Osprey Meadows at Tamarack Resort, ranked #1 Course in Idaho by Golfweek’s 2008 & 2009 Best Courses You Can Play list.

The very definition of a mountain masterpiece. Designed by two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North, the course is carved through dense forest, towering pines and sweeping meadows.


Banbury Golf Club provides golfers with a rare opportunity to explore one of Idaho’s Top 10 Golf Courses, as rated by Golf Digest.

Falcon Crest
With majestic vistas of the Boise Valley and surrounding mountains and a course design that blends the natural terrain with water, grass, sand and stone; each hole is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Sun Valley
Sun Valley Resort offers world-class amenities and three courses with 45 holes including Trail Creek, White Clouds and Elkhorn.


Surrounded by open skies and pine trees, the course was developed with small greens and slightly sloped hills. Sand bunkers protect a few greens making a great experience for golfers.

Teton Reserve
Featuring excellent bunkering, outstanding conditions and a specially developed grass blend called Teton Blue; the course fits beautifully and naturally into its surroundings.

Teton Springs
Anchored by the 18-Hole Headwaters Course, this private club, welcomes guests of Teton Springs Resort, and offers something for everyone.

These regions also features some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Idaho Lodging Maps Make Trip Planning Easier and a Bit More Fun

Idaho Lodging Maps Make Trip Planning Easier and a Bit More Fun

Are you planning a trip to Idaho? Want to experience the many Idaho breweries and wineries in the state? How about doing it by bicycle? Well you are in in luck! The Idaho Bed and Breakfast Association (IBBA) has done all the hard work and compiled two maps that can help you plan your Idaho Adventure. 

Find Idaho's Wineries and Breweries on these handy maps that can be downloaded as a PDF's from the IBBA website or you can even request physical copies be mailed to you. 

Idaho Beverage Map

Since Idaho is known for its Wine (not potatoes) and has an ever increasing number of breweries popping up around the state plan a culinary beverage tour of Idaho.  

Idaho Bike Trails

Idaho has several different bicycle trails for any skill level. Take a day ride, plan a multi-day tour, or just get out in the open air for a few hours. 

Add Idaho to your travel bucket list or why wait...plan your trip now! If you are needing a bit more inspiration check out Idaho's 18 Summers.

These regions also features some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Birds Are Not the Only Ones Singing In Idaho This Summer

Idaho Summer Music Festivals

Spring has sprung in Idaho and that means the birds are back from their winter migrations. You can hear them singing early in the morning and many are finding a place to nest. The birds aren't the only things that are singing once the days start to get longer and the sunshine warms up this beautiful state of Idaho. Residents and visitors alike can travel the state to experience music festivals of all kinds! 

Here are a few that may interest you: 

The Summer Music Festival at Roseberry

The Summer Music Festival is presented the third full weekend of July. (July 16th, 17th, and 18th 2015)

Concerts have been held on the lawn and outdoor stage on the south side of the Roseberry Store; however, in 2009, the festival took place on our new permanent stage located a few yards southeast of the Roseberry General Store. This has been an amazing venue for the festival!

Summer Music Festival at Roseberry
Historic Roseberry Townsite
2598 E. Roseberry Rd.
McCall, ID 83638

Idaho Music and Wildflower Festival

Pebble Creek’s annual Wildflower Concert will be held from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Saturday June 27. Concert goers can nestle their lawn chairs and blankets in the wild flowers on the slopes. The hillside just above the deck provides a perfect view of both the performers and the sunset. A wild flower hike before the concert is a great way to start the evening.

Idaho Music and Wildflower Festival
Pebble Creek Ski Area
3340 E. Green Canyon Rd.
Inkom, ID 83245

Idaho International Summerfest

Every summer hundreds of performers from around the world descend on Rexburg and nearby Burley. Dancers and musicians perform in various venues, from the Gala Performances to the Street Parade, Street Festival, youth culture classes and other events.There’s always dancing and singing in the streets.

Idaho International Summerfest begins July 3 – July 13.

International Dance and Music Festival
Rexburg Chamber of Commerce
127 E. Main St.
Resburg, ID 83440

Hwy 30 Music Fest

2 days, 15 bands, good food & drinks, friends, and fun for the whole family! Kids 12 and under FREE with a paying adult. Set under the shade trees at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds caboose stage. June 26-27, 2015

Hwy 30 Music Fest
620 Titleist Ct
Twin Falls ID, 83301

Historic Wallace Blues Festival

The Historic Wallace Blues Festival will happen July 10 & 11 2015. There will be blues acts around town, playing afternoon and evenings.There will be 18 bands and single entertainers on six stages over three days.

Historic Wallace Blues Festival
Cedar St at 7th St
Wallace, Idaho 83873

Hot Summer Nights Riggins

The rockin' most time of the year in Riggins, happens the fourth weekend of July. Gates open both days on Friday and Saturday in the Riggins City Park. July 24-25, 2015

P.O. Box 289
Riggins, Idaho 83549

Blues, Brews & BBQ's Festival

Celebrate summer in Salmon, Idaho at the annual Blues, Brews & BBQ's Festival! This year's festival will include a full day of music, several regional brewers, local barbeque, kids' activities, and local vendors - there will be something for the whole family to enjoy! See you on August 1, 2015

200 Main St
Salmon ID, 83467

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

Attendees from all fifty states, every Canadian province, and several foreign countries gather each October to celebrate live performances of America’s music. The Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree was birthed out of a love and appreciation for jazz music by Tom & Barbara Hazzard held each mid-October each year in Sun Valley, ID. Mark your calendar for October 14-18th, 2015

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree
PO Box 2745
Sun Valley, ID 83353
Now get those dancing shoes out of the back of the closet and get them packed! So many music festivals so little time! Also, don't forget to check out the small lodging options that are available in and around these events to find a uniquely Idaho stay!

These regions also features some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring in Idaho Can Be The Best Time To Visit

Spring in Idaho Can Be The Best Time To Visit

Crowds are small, temperatures are mild, and wildflowers are starting to bloom. Spring is a great time to visit Idaho. It just so happens that National Park Week happens during Spring too! 

Check out these great events that will be taking place at one of Idaho's National Parks the Crater's of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Crater's of the Moon Spring Events

April 18-26 – National Park Week

The nation is buzzing about National Park Week, America’s largest celebration of national heritage, April 18-26. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea — the national parks! Free admission to all national parks April 18-19.

April 18 – Nature Journaling Workshop

Learn to create your own illustrated nature journals. Crater’s Artist-in-Residence, Poo Wright-Pulliam, will lead a workshop beginning with a 10 a.m. classroom session (1 hour) and ending with 2 hours of “journaling” in the field. Bring a notepad, color pencils and a lunch. Workshop will conclude at noon.  Meet at the visitor center. Call (208)527-1335 to make a reservation, workshop is limited to 20 people.

May 9 – Bird Walk

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, join avid birder, Poo Wright-Pulliam for a hike to view spring birds. Spring migration will be underway and a variety of our feathered friends should be on display including the beautiful Mountain Bluebird, Idaho’s state bird. Hike participants will meet at the Broken Top Loop Trailhead at 9 a.m. and the hike will be approximately 2 miles in length. The hike will conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m. Call (208)527-1335 to make a reservation, walk is limited to 20 people.

June 6 – Pioneers Bike Tour (5th annual)

Bring a mountain bike and join us for a tour of Goodales Cutoff…where the Pioneer Mountains meet the lava. This 22-mile ride covers relatively flat terrain along the old pioneer trail with part of the loop circling back on the highway. Mountain bikes are recommended due to soft sections of trail. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Ride is co-sponsored by the Pioneers Alliance. Call 208-726-7485 for reservations. Bring water and snacks and join us for lunch in Carey after the ride!

Begins June 13 – Ranger guided Walks and Talks

Climb a volcano, explore a lava tube or join us for an evening presentation in the campground. Walks and talks and Junior Ranger activities are offered daily throughout the summer. Look for a detailed schedule at http://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

June 12 & 13 – Star Party

Join experts from the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society and experience the universe under our naturally dark skies. Enjoy a presentation about the night sky and Craters of the Moon’s “unearthly” connections both nights in the campground amphitheater at 9:30 pm. Then head to the Caves Area parking lot for telescope viewing of the skies above. Call 208-527-1335 for more information.

June 13– Wildflower Walk

June is the peak of the wildflower season at Craters of the Moon. Join us on this guided 3-mile walk that will cover a variety of habitats and introduce participants to a number of plant species. Pack a lunch to be eaten in the field, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet at the Tree Molds parking lot at 10 a.m. Call (208)527-1335 to make a reservation. Walk is limited to 20 people.

June 19 & 20 – Nature Photography Workshop

The Craters of the Moon Natural History Association will be offering a photography workshop taught by photographer and retired park ranger, Douglass Owen.  You will learn photographic techniques and naturalist skills that will lead to greater success in nature photography.  Friday evening there will be classroom session from 5  to 8 p.m.  Saturday will be spent in the field shooting pictures.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday. Half of the registration fee ($25) will go to assist schools with travel expenses for field trips. Call 527-1360 to make a reservation, workshop is limited to 15 people.  Meet at the visitor center.

Plan a trip to enjoy one of these great events and book your stay at one of the small lodging options in the Eastern Region of Idaho.

This region also features some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spend Spring Break in Idaho

Friday marked the beginning of spring which means that it is time for Spring Break. If you haven't already made plans The Idaho Tourism Bureau, has seven trip tips for places you can take your family for spring break right here in Idaho.

1 - All of Idaho's state parks are open for day-use activities – hiking, fishing, picnicking, etc. – and Bruneau Dunes and Three Island Crossing state parks are already open for camping. $5.00/car entry fee. Camping fees vary depending on the site you choose.
2 - Visit Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park and see the Black Robes exhibit that was once on display at the Smithsonian Museum. And there are also a number of biking trails in the area.

3 - Twin Falls area – See Shoshone Falls, Thousand Springs State Park, zip the Snake, Hike Snake River Canyon trails, see BASE jumpers jump from the Perrine Bridge and visit the Hagerman Fossil Beds. There are also a few hot springs in the area.
4 - In eastern Idaho there are also some fun hot spring resorts: Lava Hot Springs has hot pools for soaking and swimming and zip-line tours that are family friendly, as well as convenient lodging.

5 - Sun Valley – spring skiing, bike trails, hiking trails and ice skating. Families can take a guided snowshoe hike with a Ranger (confirming weather conditions are still OK for the ranger hike).
6 - Day trip ideas include Bruneau Dunes State Park, Celebration Park, Givens Hot Springs, hikes in the Boise Foothills or up around Idaho City.
7 - The Treefort Music Fest is March 25-29, and it's going on in Boise. As part of the festival they will have Skatefort with a mix of skate and music events at Rhodes Skate Park from 1-5 p.m. March 28. New this year is Kid Fort, a creative collection of classes, performances and experiences designed for all those Treefort kiddos March 27--29.

These regions also feature some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"