Whether you prefer floating down a river, kicking up dirt on a mountain bike, soaking in hot springs, or hiking through the forest, Boise, Idaho, has something on offer for you. Surrounded by over 37 million acres of public land and natural beauty, Boise is steadily climbing the list of active American cities. One visit isn’t enough to see and do every outdoor activity, and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top four outdoor adventures in Boise. Happy exploring!
Raft or Float the Boise River
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The Boise River winds from the northwest straight through town, providing beautiful views and over 5 miles of floating splendor. During the warmer months, Boise River Rafting rents out rafts, tubes and even inflatable kayaks. It also provides a shuttle service from Ann Morrison Park so you can finish up a day of rafting in town and stay nearby. This sport is accessible to beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Of course, if you’re feeling more adventurous, Boise is also within an hour’s drive from three whitewater rivers!
Explore Endless Mountain Bike Trails
Boise offers many mountain bike paths of varying difficulty, and there are a number of bicycle rental agencies in town. One can, of course, ride a bike on the Boise Greenbelt; but for those interested in kicking up a bit of dirt, heading outside the city limits is the way to go.
Some of the more popular mountain bike trails include Peggy’s Trail, the Amivor trail system, and Around the Mountain Trail. There’s something on offer for beginner to expert mountain bikers at many of these locations. While you don’t have to be an expert, it’s still important to be confident on the bike and not go alone. Most trails start near the city.
Soak in Natural Hot Springs
For those willing to venture a bit further from town, Boise is in close proximity to many natural hot springs. Many hot springs, both wild and commercial, can be found 45-90 minutes from town. In fact, Idaho is home to some 130 soakable hot springs — more than any other state.
Wild hot springs can be found on public lands, often involve a short hike, and may involve public nudity. If that’s not your thing, consider checking out commercial hot springs, such as The Springs in Idaho City. Many of these springs have accommodation nearby if you prefer to relax and skip the drive back to Boise.
Hike Boise’s Trail Network
The Boise River Greenbelt is a 25-mile, multi-use path, comprising parks and public spaces in and around downtown Boise. It is open from sunrise to sunset, and you will find cyclists, runners, walkers, skaters, and dogs frequenting the area. The Greenbelt is also part of the Idaho Birding Trail program, providing interpretive and educational signs along the path. As this trail winds through the city, you can stay in town and still enjoy close access to nature.
There are endless options for the outdoor enthusiast. To make the most of your time, be sure to plan ahead for your next adventure in Boise!