Step Outside - Idaho WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 http://stepoutside.org/ Step Outside - Idaho 144 144 http://stepoutside.org/ https://cdnstep-americantownscom.netdna-ssl.com/img/stepoutside_logo.gif Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:22:49 -0600 5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Idaho Off-road enthusiasts in Idaho are privileged to live in a state that embraces the sport wholeheartedly. From desert landscapes to thousands upon thousands of acres of open road, off-roaders have an almost unlimited amount of options in Idaho. Below you’ll find five of the coolest spots in the state to rev up your engines. 

Travel to Blackrock Canyon in Pocatello, Idaho, for a 12-mile ATV loop on packed gravel. Make sure to check the website for exact directions, as the trail is somewhat off the beaten path. Blackrock Canyon is a bit remote, so don’t expect a store or any place to buy food or water. You’re best off bringing your own. But for an ATV experience away from the city, Blackrock Canyon has you covered.

Stop by the Idaho Dunes RV Park at St. Anthony Sand Dunes to refresh, relax, and reenergize before heading back out onto the 10,600-acres of white quartz sand dunes. Known as “the ultimate playground for off-road vehicle enthusiasts,” the dunes provide an almost unlimited area for off-roadaholics to drive to their heart’s content. When you’ve finished riding for the day, come back to the campsite for access to showers, bathrooms, food, and more. The dunes offer “the largest bowls and smoothest free riding in the country,” according to Idaho Dunes RV. 

Riders of all experience levels love Sacajawea Motor Sports Park near Salmon, Idaho, for the diverse natural landscape over 40 acres. The track is open every day of the week and has toilets on-site. Whether you’re taking part in an organized race or simply want an afternoon on the track, Sacajawea Motor Sports Park offers fantastic accommodations. 

Drive through historic gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc mines in the Knob Mountains near Mackay, Idaho, for a truly unique off-roading experience. Hazards include high trestles as well as forested areas along many loops, ranging from 20-24 miles each. Stop by 20 different sites along the way to examine the mines and other historically interesting areas, such as museums and recreated buildings.  

There’s an abundance of public land in Idaho waiting to be traversed (legally). The Cascade Ranger District is home to a variety of trails for off-roaders to explore. In the area, people enjoy fishing at Cascade Lake or swimming at Warm Lake, when the weather is nice. For trails, you have the options of choosing from the three-mile Dollar Creek Way Trail, the 10-mile East Mountain Way Trail, the four-mile Gold Fork North Trail, and several more.

*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.

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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Idaho When it comes to basking in the glow of magnificent foliage, you can’t beat the Gem State. Idaho is home to some of the most mind-blowing natural beauty in the United States. And when the leaves begin to transform into hues of orange and red, that means it’s time for a hike. Here are five beautiful foliage hikes in the state. 

For some of the most breathtaking fall foliage in the state, you must explore Taylor Canyon near Ketchum. This trail is just under four miles in length with a maximum elevation of 7,504 feet. This hike could be described as intermediate, so those with less experience should proceed with caution. The trail is also open to mountain bikers and horseback riders. 

The West Mountain Trail near Smith’s Ferry, Idaho, clocks in at just over 16 miles. The hike can be difficult, with the 3,200 feet of elevation gain across the entire trail, but the incredible fall views are worth it for the avid hiker. You’ll enjoy views of the West Mountains and Salmon River along the way, as well as the changing colors of the forest.

Idaho Falls is named for the cascading waterfalls that descend through the middle of the city. With 14 miles of river bank, many residents walk the water each fall to see the splendor of the changing seasons. Follow the Snake River through town or stop at any number of spots to take it all in.

Sherman Peak is the highest point in the region. Accessible through the Bear River Range Highline Trail, visitors will need to hike 3.5 miles to the summit. However, those that brave the climb will be greeted by views the likes of which can only be seen at over 9,600 feet up. USA Today lists it as one of their most incredible fall foliage hikes.

Totaling at just over two miles in length, the Mineral Point Trail is an awe-inspiring hike in the Sandpoint Ranger District. Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful in the area, hikers will experience easy grades and pretty wildflowers. Nature lovers will enjoy every moment of this adventure. 

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ATV Off-Roading Adventure at Big Southern Butte Tired of the bustle of everyday life? Take a few minutes to plan a thrilling, off-roading weekend expedition in beautiful Idaho. Just you, a few friends, and the power of an ATV. Grab your helmet and get ready to hit the trails with this thrilling off-roading adventure at Big Southern Butte. 

For this off-roading adventure, we’re headed out to the somewhat secluded Big Southern Butte near the Snake River Plain. Before hitting the road to get out there, stop at Pickle’s Place in Arco, Idaho, for a large breakfast. You’re gonna want a homemade meal, coffee, and maybe even a sandwich to go. For a more basic breakfast, go for the two scrambled eggs with diced ham, cheddar cheese, hash browns, and toast. For a serious start to the day, try the six-ounce sirloin steak with two eggs, hash browns, and toast! 

You’ll find the Big Southern Butte just under an hour away from Pickle’s Place. The elevation is over 7,500-feet, and is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world. You’re going to want to find the BLM and Lost Valley ATV Club route to navigate this 68-mile route, starting in Arco and ending there, too. Bring lots of food and water!

You’ll be hungry after a full day off-roading. We recommend stopping at Mountain View on your way back into town. They’ve got great barbecue, a cozy atmosphere, and friendly service. Enjoy a menu of mouth-watering delights such as King Crab legs, smoked barbecue pork ribs, bacon-wrapped burgers, and more. Check out what beers they have on tap, too. 

The Lost River Motel is affordable, comfortable, and spacious. After a long day out, this is a great place to rest your head. Enjoy single rooms or suites for highly reasonable prices, microwaves, refrigerators, TV, Wi-Fi, and coffee. Pets are welcome, too! 

Now, after a good night of rest, your stomach will be rumbling. Before you head home, stop into the Mi Nest Café in neighboring Moore, Idaho. Enjoy certified angus burgers, delicious sandwiches, salads, and even a kid’s menu if you’ve got little ones with you.  

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5 Awesome RV Campsites in Idaho Idaho is home to some of the best whitewater rafting, hiking trails, and scenic mountains in the country. Why visit for a day when you can make an entire vacation out of it in the comfort of your very own RV home away from home? When planning your next RV adventure, consider the following five awesome campsites, complete with all the best amenities and easy access to the most popular spots around! 

Heyburn Riverside RV Park in Heyburn, Idaho, is located right on the Snake River and offers 29 full-service sites. Paved riverfront hiking trails, boat slips, and bass fishing are just some of the amenities available on site. Pull-through sites as well as big rig access is available, but there are no laundry facilities or dump stations in site. 

The Lava Flow Campground provides 42 first-come, first-served campsites near the Craters of the Moon lava flow formations. Costs during the main April-October season is $15 per site and $8 after water is turned off. Facilities include water, restrooms, charcoal grills, picnic tables, but do not include hook-ups, showers, or dump stations. 

Montpelier Creek KOA in Montpelier, Idaho, is open from April 1-Nov. 21, along the Oregon Trail. According to the website, visitors can “settle back in a tree-shaded site, lulled by the trickle of the creek that runs through the campground.” Amenities are plentiful and include amp access, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a pavilion, dog park, fishing, and pool access. ATV trails, bird-watching, and hiking are also popular activities.  

McCall RV Resort in McCall, Idaho, is strict about their reservations—no walk-ins permitted. However, if you’re able to get a spot, you’ll be treated to one of the best RV resorts in the state. Facilities include paved drives, 20-50-amp services, phone and cable hook-ups, pull-throughs, central lodge, indoor pool/spa/steam room, and access to horseshoe pits, lawn games, playground and the nearby river. 

The Stone Ridge Golf and Reactional Community is a “Class ‘A’ Motorcoach Village,” with a mission to “provide a unique sense of community with its mountain and towering pine setting, sweeping views and peaceful Lake San Souci.” Each site comes with a 20 by 60-foot concrete pad, various amp services, water spigot, sprinkler system, and dump station, as well as internet access and phone service. Only Class A motorhomes with a 31-foot minimum are allowed. Stop by the Jacuzzi, sauna, clubhouse, or golf course while you’re there. 

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5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Idaho With the summer rush gone, fall is the perfect time to get back to nature. Idaho has any number of fantastic camping sites to do just that, but the following five are sure to leave you with life-long memories. 

Spend the weekend enjoying the fall weather at the Snake River RV Park in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The campsite itself is quiet and off the highway, allowing for the perfect backdrop to enjoy fall foliage. Snake River RV Park is a fantastic home base to visit surrounding areas, including Yellowstone National Park.

Enjoy one of the 16 campsites at Round Lake State Park near Sagle, Idaho, on your next fall camping trip. The site is on the water and surrounded by beautiful foliage. Make sure to catch the sunset as it glistens off the lake, reflecting the gorgeous colors of the season.

Hells Gate State Park is located on the bottom of an ancient riverbed, and provides exquisite views of basaltic columns, left over from the Pomona flow of 14 million years-ago. The campsite has 29 standard overnight sites, 51 serviced, three ADA, and eight cabins. Take advantage of the cooler fall weather to explore the nearby canyon.

For pristine lakeside views, Lake Cascade is a must for fall camping. There are nearly 250 campsites available at this state park, including a few group camping opportunities. Activities at the site include picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, horseshoes, fishing, and more. 

This KOA is award-winning. Montpelier Creek KOA is situated along the Oregon Trail between Salt Lake City and Yellowstone National Park. Bring along your furry friend as there is a dog park available at the site. Guests can also find firewood here in case you want to have a toasty evening with s’mores and campfire stories!  

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10 Best Archery Outfitters in Idaho Idahoans love their archery, whether that’s for bow hunting or target shooting. With so many options available, it can be challenging to know where to start. Rest assured, there is a high-quality shop nearby. From bows, to sights, to accessories, and targets, here are the 10 best archery outfitters in the state. 

For those living in and around Meridian, Idaho, Dead-On Archery is the archery store to visit. They sell bows, bow accessories, traditional bow and arrows, arrows, tools, and targets. Make sure to check out their event calendar to see what’s coming up, or sign up for a class.

Archery Invasion is to Pocatello what Dead-On Archery is to Meridian: a fantastic place to pick up all your archery needs. They stock a wide variety of arrow rests, quivers, sights, releases, and more. Check their website for an updated listing of events.

Archery Central in Caldwell, Idaho, is conveniently located and boasts an excellent in-door practice range, lessons, and leagues. Beyond that, they sell all the best equipment, including Death Harp strings, Axcel and Black Gold sights, Easton and Gold Tip arrows, and much more.

Mountain Archery in Rexburg, Idaho, is one of the larger stores on the list, carrying everything from 3D accessories to arrow rests, binoculars, bows, calls, sights, silencers, sleeping bags, and more. Their stock has to be seen to be believed, so why not head over to their website right now and check it out for yourself.

For almost 13 years, Archery Idaho has been one of Southeast Idaho’s number one archery shops. Not only do they provide access to many of the best brands on the market, including Mathews, Prime, and Hoyt bows, but their staff are well-equipped to help you learn and to service any repairs.

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Black Sheep Sporting Goods in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has been in business since 1975, and remains locally owned and operated. They stock hunting, fishing, camping, and marine equipment, alongside their bows and other firearms. They have an entire section of their store dedicated to archery, with industry leading brands including Hoyt, Bear, and Alpine always in stock.

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King Fisher Sporting Goods and Pawn is a high-quality sporting goods store with an attached pawn shop. They sell a wide variety of firearms and hunting equipment from brand names like Beman, Muzzy, and more. Don’t see anything you like? They’re happy to special order you brand new or gently used bows, too! 

Look for the barn-like red building and you’ll find Daybreak Family Archery. A mom-and-pop shop open since 2014, they’ve already made a name for themselves in the area as a premier supplier of archery equipment and knowledge. They’re happy to help the entire family and have a range attached, too.

Advantage Archery in Twin Falls is home to a national champion archer. They sell bows, indoor archery equipment, camo clothing, backpacks, custom bows and arrows, and more. Services include archery instruction and lessons.

Downwind Archery is another excellent choice for those living in the Idaho Falls area. They have a 24-hour performance guarantee, which states that “Any bow purchased at Downwind Archery that breaks during your hunt will be fixed within 24 hours. If 24 hours is not possible, we will pull another bow off the wall that is of equal or greater value, install your accessories, tune it, and set its sights” for you to use. If that’s not customer service, we don’t know what is. 

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10 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Idaho From mom and pop shops to big-name retailers, the bait and tackle shops of Idaho have proven themselves to be among the very best. From rods and reels to nightcrawlers and meal worms, fishing is made simple at these 10 awesome bait and tackle shops in the state. 

Idaho Fishing Outfitters is one of the best spots to pick up bait and tackle in the Rigby, Idaho Falls, Rexburg, and St. Anthony areas of Idaho. Primarily, they are a fly fishing shop but sell all the equipment you’ll need for a fantastic fishing trip.

Howard’s Tackle Shoppe calls themselves the “Biggest Little Tackle Store in Idaho!” They provide tackle and fishing supplies with over 500 brand names of fishing rods. Live bait includes meal worms, crickets, night crawlers, and more.

Idaho Angler offers fishing classes and guided trips, in addition to their large supply of rods, bait, and tackle. For almost 25 years, Idaho Angler has provided excellent customer service and wonderful products to their customers.

Becker’s Tackle Shop is Coeur d’Alene’s “First and Only Bass Shop,” according to their website. They cater almost exclusively to bass fishermen, and carry the best bait and tackle to make your next bass trip one to remember.

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Since 1988, Tackle Tom’s has provided the anglers of Cascade, Idaho, with consistently great service and products. A recent reviewer wrote that Tackle Tom’s is “Easily the best bait and tackle shop in Idaho.” With sterling reviews like that, expect to find everything you need at Tackle Tom’s. 

Henry’s Fork Anglers have been in business since 1976 and today carries a full line of flies, bait, and tackle. They offer guided trips and regularly updated fishing condition information. Check out their website for frequently updated sale items. 

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Larry’s Sporting Goods shop in Nampa, Idaho, sells all kinds of sporting goods, including guns, hunting gear, tackle, bait, and fishing gear. They’ve kept their customers happy since 1987 with no end in sight. 

Open six days a week, Jimmy’s Fly Shop in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is an angler shop for all seasons. Idaho Falls is known for their excellent blue-ribbon trout rivers, and the folks at Jimmy’s have the experience, the know-how, and the product line to help you achieve fishing success.

II Fly LLC sells “a large variety of Henry’s Lake flies tied by Bill Scheiss, dry flies, and much more.” Bait options include salmon flies, stoneflies, terrestrials (like beetles and ants), dry flies, and flies by the dozen.

Dry Creek Outfitters hold tournaments and regular events along with custom baits, including solar power bait, tubes, creatures, grubs, worms, steelhead, and more. They provide the best salt saturated tubes needed for tournament angling. 

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Best Places to Fish in the Rocky Mountains This Fall Any time is a good time to be outdoors in the Rockies, but considering the fall scenery as the big visual attraction, autumn might be the best time of all for trout anglers. The biggest brown trout of the season start getting frisky and aggressive as their spawning run in regional rivers approaches.

Hot Spots To Fish: Rock Creek, which empties into the Clark Fork River southeast of Missoula, Mt., has become a prime destination for brown trout in recent years. The creek has tons of 16- or 18-inch fish and is known more for numbers than size. Contact John Herzer at Blackfoot River Outfitters (406-542-7411, blackfootriver.com), or Blue Damsel Lodge, (406-825-3077, bluedamsel.com), for information about guide services or information regarding accommodations.

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If you’re more interested in going after a behemoth of a brown trout, contact Joe Gilsnyder at Trout Stalkers on the Madison in Ennis, Mt.. Joe and his crew of guides know of some fishing holes off the beaten path that harbor bigger fish (406-682-5150).

Tackle You’ll Need: Wherever you wind up fishing, tackle Rocky Mountain browns with a 9 1/2-foot, 6-weight rod such as an Orvis Helios 3. A 5-weight will work if you’re an experienced caster, but a 6-weight handles big streamers better.

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Quick Tip: If you make a quartering cast upstream with a Wooly Bugger or similar pattern, let it dead-drift downstream until the current catches it and sweeps it up in the water column. Sometimes the darting motion, as the fly is caught in the current, will trigger a reaction strike from a following brownie.

 

Best Patterns: Fall browns will take nymphs and small dries such as the Blue-Winged Olive, but more likely the bigger fish will go after Size 2 Sparkle Minnows, Wooly Buggers, Clouser Minnows, Zonkers and Bighorn Specials fished on short leaders with no tippets.

If you’re fishing from a drift boat with a guide, regular weight-forward floating line will suffice. If you’re wading, a sinking-tip line probably is a better choice, depending on depth.

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9 Best Outdoor Fall Activities in Idaho If you’re anything like us, fall has a habit of sneaking up on you. Step outside and you’ll see: The summer heat has cooled, the days are getting shorter, and, if you try, you might even smell pumpkin spice in the air. This year, get the jump on the season by planning out your fall adventures ahead of time. From ATV adventures to cabin camping, here are the best outdoor fall activities to enjoy in Idaho. 

The fine folks Linder Farms know how to celebrate the season right. Each fall, the farm opens up to the public for pumpkin picking and more. Opening day generally in mid-September, with special extended hours throughout October. Visitors should purchase a farm entry wrist band before heading to the pumpkin patch. Pick your own pumpkin, squash, or gourds for $.30 a pound, or $9 if it’s over 30 pounds.

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Nothing compares to the Sawtooth Valley on the back of an ATV. Woolley’s Rendezvous offers reasonably-priced rentals and hundreds of miles of trails to explore. Not only that, but there fleet of vehicles are very user-friendly, so this is the ideal activity for your whole family! 

Every year, Quey’s Maze provides one of the best corn maze experiences in the state. Usually opening in late-September or early-October, you and your group will spend the day rediscovering the horror of getting lost in a maze (or the joy of nature, depending on if you’re a glass-half-full or half-empty kind of person). Don't forget to squeeze in a hay ride to check out the pumpkin patch! So clear your calendar for next Friday and Saturday and head over to Quey's Maze.

Since 1985, Sawtooth Mountain Guides have been providing professional mountain guiding for climbers, hikers, skiers, and more. Serving the Stanley, Boise, and Sun Valley area, they’re an excellent choice to ensure you experience the Sawtooth Mountains safely. Hiking options include day hiking, family adventure trips, multi-day backpacking, kids camp, and more. 

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Enjoy the cool fall air from up high with the Boise Hot Air Company. Boise Hot Air offers flights for singles, groups, wedding parties, anniversaries, doubles, or simply because it’s fall and it’s beautiful out and you’re feeling spunky. Make a reservation online or give them a call and read up on weather restrictions. 

While it may be too cold to sleep in a tent outside, that doesn’t mean camping is out of the question. Take advantage of a cabin campground like Bristol Cabins in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. They have a number of shared spaces, including bathrooms and a kitchen, to make the trip a little more homey. Don't forget to take advantage of the free breakfast, and communal picnic/bonfire area!

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Get in the spooky spirit with one of the best ghost walks in the country without leaving downtown Idaho Falls. Ghost Walks invites you to discover the haunted buildings of downtown while listening to tales about historic townspeople. If you’re one to tempt fate with the supernatural, then a ghost walk is for you. 

Based in Riggins, Idaho, Mountain River Outfitters is one of the best guided fishing adventures in the state. If you’re looking to real in the big catch but don’t know where to start, this is your place. Guided fishing excursions include steelhead, chinook salmon, bass, trout, and even sturgeon. 

According to their website, the North Idaho Cidery in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is “inspired by the adventurous lifestyle and heritage that sets our region apart.” They craft dry, crisp, and refreshing ciders without using preservatives. Stop in to their tasting room and production facility to taste their most recent creations and enjoy the surrounding mountain views.

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5 Gorgeous Beach Campsites in Idaho Idaho’s state parks have within them some of the most beautiful lakeside campsites in the nation. Whether you prefer to stay at a resort or in the parks themselves, you’ll want to return to these five beautiful beach campsites again and again.  

Spend the weekend near the beautiful Bear Lake in St. Charles, Idaho. Halfway between Yellowstone National Park and Salt Lake City, Utah, the park has full RV hookups with a laundry room on-site. In addition, you’ll find several cabins with TVs, DVDs, and three beds. Call to make reservations. 

Silver Beach Resort provides the perfect beachside getaway for northern Idaho’s Silver Beach. Enjoy fishing, hiking, boating, and swimming on the lake, all within walking distance of your cabin, tent, or RV. Reserve your spot with a 25 percent down payment and get ready to go.

Sam Own Campground near Hope, Idaho, is within walking distance of Lake Pend Oreille. Part of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, the lake covers 125 miles of shoreline. The beach is sandy and draws huge crowds in-season. Campsites don’t have electrical hookups, but include flush toilets, drinking water, and a dump station.

Lake Cascade is a windsurfing, fishing, and hiking destination. With campsites all along the 86 miles of Cascade shoreline, there are tons of spots to choose from. Stay in your own tent or rent a large yurt designed for up to 30 people. The yurts include a cooking table, dining table, folding chairs, stoves, lanterns.

Enjoy nature below the Selkirk Mountains at Lake Cascade State Park. Located near Coolin, Idaho, the lake is known for its clear waters and surrounding natural beauty. Stay at one of 12 RV campsites, all of which include water, electrical, and sewer hookups, or a 12-sleeper cabin. 

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4 Beautiful Backpack Camping Spots in Idaho Tired of your friends asking you to go “glamping?” Do you have the desire to get back to the great outdoors with nothing but your tent, your thermos, and your backpack? If you’re in Idaho, you’re in luck, because there’s no shortage of beautiful backpack camping spots throughout the state. Check out our favorites below. 

Bear Lake State Park, located on the North and East shores of Bear Lake, is a backpacker’s dream. Known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies,” Bear Lake stretches for 20 miles and offers biking, bird watching, boating, and primitive camping.

City of Rock National Reserve sits in Cassia County, Idaho, and is “a unique geologic area exhibiting granite pinnacles and monoliths in excess of sixty stories tall.” The park attracts campers, hikers, backpackers, sightseers, hunters, and more. Primitive sites are available for backpackers.

Dworshak State Park near Lenore, Idaho, boasts an incredible 850 acres of mixed woods, meadows, and water. The park has over 100 campsites, including backcountry, improved, and primitive sites. 

Farragut State Park in Kootenai County, Idaho, is a beautiful park seated on 4,000 acres. Campers, picnickers, hikers, mountain bikers, and anglers will find much to love about it. Campers in particular will find equestrian, improved, and primitive sites galore to fulfill all of their backpacking needs.

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5 Awesome Campgrounds for Families in Idaho Idaho is full of immaculate wilderness, with plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun. If you’re looking to camp in a space that accommodates every member of the family, from the kids to the parents, you’ll surely find that in Idaho. Beautiful state parks offer spacious campgrounds with long lists of amenities, giving guests the perfect balance of seclusion and modern conveniences. From cabin rentals to tent-only sites, here are five great family-friendly campgrounds to enjoy in Idaho. 

Winchester Lake State Park is one of those parks where young families go to teach their young ones how to fish and camp for the first time. It’s an easy place for beginners to get their feet wet. Other activities include picnicking, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, and boating.

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Heyburn State Park is located near Plummer, Idaho. It is one of the many places to take a young family to camp in cabins and cottages. This campground boasts everything from the usual fishing and hiking, to the more adventurous mountain biking and water sports. Here you can take your family boating for the day, and barbecuing for the night. One of the nice things about this campground is it is near local attractions in Plummer. 

Located in Athol, Idaho, Farragut State Park is a gold mine of adventure and camping. The activities available here are many, some of which include hiking, biking, and a place to ride your horse! You can actually fly model aircrafts in the area, as well. Many young families love to come here for summer breaks.

Castle Rocks State Park is located in Almo, Idaho. Here you will find horseback riding and world-class rock climbing. Explore the surrounding nature through birding, wildflower and geology walks. Castle Rock also offers some “unique overnight” options such as the Bunkhouse. This space is perfect for family reunions and scout groups, according to its website. The space can accommodate 8-12 people and boasts a rustic vibe.

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Located near the Air Force Base in Mountain Home, Idaho, is Bruneau Dunes. This is a unique place to visit. There are a couple hiking trails, but what you really have to see is the astounding stargazing opportunities. The kids will love it. There are accommodations for boating, horseback riding, and even sand boarding, too, so no one in the family will get bored on this trip! 

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Camping Done Right: 8 Best Outdoor Stores in Idaho Idaho is one of the most gorgeous states in the country. Find magnificent mountain ranges, impressive rock formations, and snaking rivers. The best way to enjoy all of the bucolic scenery Idaho has to offer is by pitching a tent (or heading out in your RV, snuggling up in a cabin, etc.). But before you go, make sure you are properly equipped. Here are the best outdoor stores in the state. 

Backcountry Pursuit has locations in Boise and Eagle, Idaho, and sells much of their inventory on consignment. Items include skis and snowboards, mountain bikes, road bikes, climbing gear, camping gear, and more. Their sprawling selection will truly “wow” you. 

Idaho Mountain Touring has two locations throughout Idaho, including one in Boise and one in Meridian. They’ve got a wide range of camping gear, but their specialty is their “camp kitchen” line, which includes long tool spoons, java presses, portable camping grills, and more. 

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Black Sheep Sporting Goods in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has been in business for over 40 years and has been voted the top sports goods store in Idaho for many years running. Over a quarter of the store is devoted to camping products with almost every major brand. According to their website, “At Black Sheep, you will find sleeping bags, tents, sleeping pads, air mattresses, coolers, heaters, back packs, duffel bags, hip packs, camp fuel, propane…and so much more!”

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Sportman’s Warehouse is one of the bigger outlets, mostly on the West Coast, with locations all along the western seaboard, Alaska, and, of course, Idaho. Idaho stores include Meridian, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Nampa, Lewiston, and Pocatello. Their camping equipment seemingly knows no bounds, with all manner of tents, sleeping bags, cots, and so much more. 

Cabela’s has three locations in Idaho, including one in Ammon, Boise, and Post Falls. Stop by the Boise location to explore the 132,000-square-foot showroom. Yes, you read that right. They’ve got all your camping essentials, as well as a few specialty goods! Cabela’s is the leader in outdoor gear. 

Gotta get some jackets, low in the 30's!

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Sierra Trading Post has locations in 16 states, but only one in Idaho. The Meridian location stocks all kinds of camping equipment, including inflatable pillows, hammocks, tables, chairs, and more.

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The Bent Rod Outdoors in Challis, Idaho, has been in business since 1995 and sells fishing, hunting, trail running, hiking, and camping products. They offer a wide variety of camping equipment including somewhat overlooked items like first aid kits, Garmin GPS units, and Motorola two-way radios. 

State Trailer RV & Outdoor Supply in Idaho Falls, Idaho, supplies all kinds of awesome equipment. Their camping gear selection is varied and includes foot pumps, mesh bags, drinking water tablets, toasters, roasters, pots, pans, and more. 

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5 Energizing Hikes in Idaho Staying fit and immersing yourself in the beauty of Idaho is a true treat. In a state so rich in natural wonder, it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of hikes that will force you to catch your breath. For more of a moderate adventure, check out these five energizing hikes in Idaho!  

The Peace Creek Trail near Boise, Idaho, is part of the gorgeous Boise National Forest, only a short distance outside of the city. The trail isn’t heavily trafficked, so you’re likely to have it to yourself. It’s steep, though, so be careful and make sure to follow your map. The total length of the trail is about 8.8 miles. 

For an invigoriating hike that pays off with magnificent views, check out the Harrison Lake Trail near Sandpoint, Idaho. This trail is not for the faint of heart, but it rewards outdoor enthusiast's with stunning mountain lake views. This really looks like it's straight out of a postcard. 

The Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail can be found near Coeur D’Alene. The trail is a moderately-trafficked loop. Take in the fantastic view of the lake and feel free to bring your furry friends on this 3.3-mile loop.

Get ready for a nice, long out-and-back route. This route will take you from Iron Creek near Stanley, Idaho, to the Sawtooth Lake in the Sawtooth National Forest. The trail is about five miles-long and has a hefty elevation gain of 1,700 feet. 

The Table Rock Trail is heavily trafficked, and it’s easy to see why. The wild flowers all along the path are dazzling, and the distance isn’t too far. The trail has some steep climbs in certain areas though, so for prepare for a workout.

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5 Best Trail Running Spots in Idaho If you’re looking to spice up your cardio routine, it’s time to lace up your running shoes and head outside. The wonderfully picturesque state of Idaho boasts a variety of scenic spots to go for a trail run. From riverside treks to jogs through awe-inspiring gorges, here are the five best trail running spots in the state. 

Eagle Island State Park in Boise, Idaho, is a 545-acre park with over five miles of natural trails for hiking, running, dog walking, or horseback riding. It is the location of the regularly-scheduled Pulse Endurance Run. Whether you take part in the race or head out on your own, take advantage of the flat dirt trail and 2.5-mile loop around the Boise River.

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The Weiser River Trail is Idaho’s longest trail, clocking in at 84 miles. The trail is open for horseback riding, hiking, and trail-running. Along the way, you’re likely to encounter varied wildlife, including deer, elk, heron, and others. Make sure to plan your route along the trail accordingly!

The Seven Devils Trail is a nature loop inside of the Hells Canyon in Riggins, Idaho. Hells Canyon is America’s deepest river gorge and boasts “dramatic changes in elevation, terrain, climate, and vegetation.” The trails can be a little difficult, but the views are incredibly rewarding! 

The Huckleberry Trail in Ponderosa State Park is open to mountain bikers and runners, but if you’re willing to navigate the bike traffic, the foliage, wildlife, and lake views are worth the extra trouble. The park has many other trails, too, and a sundry of wildlife and other activities to keep you coming back. 

The Shingle Creek-Mahalo-Dry Creek Loop is conveniently located near Boise, Eagle, and Meridian, Idaho. The elevation remains low throughout, which makes it a slightly easier run than a few of the others. Dogs are welcome, which is a plus, and the wildlife and wildflowers are worth a visit alone. We recommend jumping on board at the Shingle Creek Trailhead. 

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