With over 35 parks in the Idaho State Parks system, Idaho offers visitors a variety of pastimes to engage in. They offer the traditional activities of hiking and boating, but they also offer trails that are dedicated to ATV riding and others for horseback riding. In the winter months, visitors can engage in snowboarding and Nordic skiing. Whatever your interest, Idaho's state parks have something for you.
Hiking takes on a new meaning in Idaho. With more than 19,000 miles of hiking trails, hikers can encounter vast wilderness to explore. The desert region offers unique trails that demonstrate the sagebrush ecosystem that is home to more than 180 types of animals and birds. Nature watchers may encounter coyotes, badgers, and big horn sheep. The City of Rocks National Reserve has natural granite columns reaching over 60 stories high that represent some of the oldest in North America. Hikers can experience history while exploring the 14,407 acres known for its historic, scenic, and geographic significance.
Winter time brings activities for snow-loving visitors. With over 7,200 miles of trails dedicated to snowmobiles, visitors often come to Idaho's state parks just to enjoy these trails. Most parks do require a snowmobile registration fee prior to riding. This fee helps to keep these trails pristine and safe year after year. Nordic skiing is another winter sport that is popular in the parks. Seasonal passes can be purchased, allowing skiers access throughout the park system.
Boating is also very popular in Idaho. With some of the most beautiful lakes and streams in the US, Idaho provides something for all kinds of boaters. Sometimes called the White Water State, Idaho is the place whitewater rafter's dream of. Rafters of all skill levels can find stretches of river that is best for their level.
Idaho's parks offer many options when it comes to lodging. Campsites with all levels of amenities are available throughout the state. Whether you are a true tent camper or you prefer the comforts of RV camping, there is space available for you in Idaho. All the campsites types also have companion sites with greater equipment or people capacity available.
For those that would prefer to stay in a more traditional setting, yurts are available in five of the parks. A yurt, which is a circular domed tent, offers the security and durability to withstand the high summer heat, large snow falls, and high winds. They measure 20 feet in diameter and have a plywood floor, waterproof canvas and a clear Plexiglas skylight. Most yurts sleep up to six people and are heated in the winter.
No matter what type of adventure you are looking for, chances are that one of the Idaho's state parks has exactly what you need. Explore the diverse landscape and experience all that Idaho has to offer.