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!