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Parks & nature in Idaho

National Park
“Arguably the most beautiful place on Earth! So much to see from your car, on short hikes, or extended backpacking trips! Lots of wildlife, mountain lakes, flora, and (a few) glaciers. Be sure to drive Going to the Sun road, and hike Avalanche Lake and Hidden Lake trails.”
156 locals recommend
Park
“Our favorite park! This park offers 11 acres of activities. You can hike, mountain bike, trail run, search for wildlife, play on the playground, lay under a tree, play tennis, volleyball or have a party (with beer). Challenge yourself by hiking up the chute, or the easier way around the side and see the incredible view of Les Bois. ”
62 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great zoo with a delightful carousel from long ago . Set by the river and Ann Morrison Park”
33 locals recommend
Park
“Ponderosa State Park: Entry fee $5. This park is open year-round and offers lots to do. Pack a picnic and play at the beach. There are multiple trails for exploration: biking, hiking, snow shoeing, Nordic Skiing, or simply drive through and take in the splendor. ”
37 locals recommend
Garden
“Great place to visit anytime of year. Whether it's exploring the local flowers and plants or attending a concert at Outlaw field. Here is the website https://idahobotanicalgarden.org/”
30 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Besides skiing in the winter, they have different activities you can do in the summer too, such as mountain biking down the mountain, taking a lift up and hiking down, mini golf etc....”
29 locals recommend
Park
“Great hikes, minimal day parking charge. Spectacular scenery, history and horseback riding.”
18 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“This place feels like you are in the movies because it is unique. The lava was formed from the hot spot that now lies under Yellowstone. The spring flower make this park beautiful!”
18 locals recommend
Park
“This is one of many parks along the Boise River that connects to the greenbelt system. ”
21 locals recommend
Park
“The caverns are a fun place to visit, and beautiful drive up to. Bring a sweater for in the cave.”
21 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Downhill ski Brundage and its many slopes. Catch a bus out of McCall on the half hour. Go online and get a ticket discount. ”
29 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Another fun point of interest in Island Park - take some fish bait and feed the giant trout swimming under the bridge.”
10 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Beautiful Boise River Greenbelt, 26 miles of paths for walking, biking, strolling while enjoying the beautiful Boise River.”
32 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Home to arguably the best natural hot springs in Idaho, you’ll discover Gold Forks Hot Springs if you drive north on 55 then east through the scenic mountains. After a picturesque 31-minute trek, you’ll have the opportunity to soak in one of six pools artistically constructed on the natural hot springs. The top pool sits at 110 degrees and the water spills into the five pools below. Gold Fork is ideal for families or groups because of the massive square footage. Entrance to Gold Fork does cost money (cash only), but you’ll likely end up spending half a day here. Remember to pack a picnic because there are umbrella-covered tables available.”
25 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Norris Hot Springs is located 29 miles West of the Gallatin River Cottage. Bring your swim suit and cozy up with a glass of wine, draft beer or local cider. If you're working up a hunger, in the "Water of the Gods", order one of the many fresh menu items, loaded with ingredients from the on-site garden! The cover charge is very affordable and the live music talent ranges from Reggae to folk. 42 MT-84, Norris MT 59745 (406) 685-3303 https://norrishotsprings.com/”
25 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“National Bison Range is one of the jewels of this valley and is located just a short 20 minute drive to the south. Not to be missed if you are interested in wildlife and beautiful views. ”
19 locals recommend