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Idaho's delightful four distinct seasons reward us with many year around recreation activities. You'll find yourself in the quandary of having to decide between playing golf or going snow skiing on one spring day. 

There are so many outdoor activities it sometimes makes it hard to choose. Please remember that most of the people living in Idaho are living here by choice and don't take these recreational opportunities lightly. "Recreation is the Way of LifeŠ in Idaho.

Scroll through the many recreation topics above for links to your favorite recreation activity. Rich has personally been to many of the above links.



Four wheeling, dune buggies & motorcycles are abundant in Idaho. Idaho has several awesome sand dunes and foot hill areas designated to the off road enthusiast. In the mountains you'll find old logging and mining roads everywhere. The Idaho Fish and Game have detailed maps of many mountain off road trails and roads open to the public. Motorcycling clubs have organized races and rallies almost every weekend. 

Take a minute to check out all of the interesting links Rich has provided below.

ATV Links Idaho Motorcycle Safety Tips
Idaho ATV Association Idaho State Mandatory Helmet Law
ATV Connection IntMount. Speedway Racers Asscn.
Snake River Yamaha Flattrack & Motocross Racing
Idaho Motorcycle Club Owyhee Motorcycle Club

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The Boise area is a somewhat dog friendly area.  Most subdivisions don't mind and some up to three dogs per home.  If you are in the dog breeding business it is recommended you search for a home with one or more acres.  Each city and community have their own set of rules concerning pets.  Boise has two leash free parks where the dogs can run off their energy.  The city does have strict laws concerning pet waste and licensing.

Please look at some of the many web sites below associated with dogs and other pets.

Idaho Humane Society American Kennel Club
All Pet Complex Citizens Against the Greyhound Racing
Dog Friendly Places Companions Animal Hospital
Duck Buster Kennels Greyhound Rescue of Idaho
City Dog Dog Park Off Leash
Sighthound Adoption Pet Love Shack
Idaho Pet Resources  Poodle Rescue
Pet Finder Northwest Animal Companion
Pet Net
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When it comes to water sports Boise has it all. Just 5 miles from Boise is Lucky Peak Dam with miles of waterways for your boating, sailing and swimming enjoyment. Power boating and sailing is also popular in the Cascade Reservoir, Payette Lake, Warm Lake, Black Canyon, Arrow Rock, Anderson Ranch and Owyhee Reservoir.

There is very light traffic on most of these lakes during the week. Most have public docks, camping and picnic facilities. The more popular spots fill up early on the weekends, so go early. Several of the above mentioned lakes are within 50 miles of Boise.

Rich has some easy links to many water activities in the Boise area below.

Boise Water Sports American Water Ski Association
Lucky Peak Reservoirs Map International Water Ski Federation
Windsurfing Magazine Lakes and Reservoirs of Idaho
Water Ski Boats National Collegiate Water Ski Assn.
Water Sports Water Skiing and Wakeboarding 
Water Skier's Web Salmon River Jet Boat Races
Big Winds Sailboarding
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Hey partner, if it's time to turn those kids and your significant other into a cow poke, we have just the place for you.

An Idaho dude ranch is a wonderful place to spend a week or weekend getting back to nature while still enjoying the comforts of back home. The home cooked ranch meals are delightful. There are dude ranches that are full time working cattle ranches and others in the Salmon River area that are like guest ranches. Some are near natural hot springs and only accessible by air or by river boat. They have horseback riding, fishing, backpacking and hunting available. When checking cost, see if the plane or boat ride to and from the ranch is included in the cost. Chartered small planes take you to the ranch from the Cascade or McCall airports.

Take a minute to check out all the links Rich has provided in the links below.

Flying B Ranch Granite Creek Guest Ranch
Green Valley Ranch Hidden Creek Dude Ranch
Hidden Creek Ranch The Lodge at Riggins Hot Springs
Idaho Ranches Mackay Wilderness River Ranch
High Country Inn Mystic Saddle Ranch LLC
Rocky Mountain Ranch Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
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Biking and mountain biking couldn't be better than the foothills of the Boise mountain front. The Boise greenbelt with over 27 miles of Boise River bike and pedestrian paved paths is an great place to spend the day biking or hiking. Tablerock and the cliffs below Lucky Peak Dam are two wonderful rock climbing areas within 10 minutes of downtown. The Sawtooths and other mountain ranges to the north are terrific backpacking areas.

Please take a few minutes to look over the links I've provided below to learn more about these recreational opportunities in Idaho.

Trail Guides Bike Race
Back Packing Sawtooth Backpacking
North Idaho Hiking Bicycling in Boise
Alpine Climbing Club Ionic Cycles
Dirt and Rock Tour Wild Rockies Mountain Bike Racing
Spuds Cycling Around Idaho Idaho Mountain Bike Maps
Idahos Biking Resource Brundage Mountain Biking
Guided Bike Trips Biking Trails of Idaho
Sun Valley Biking International Mountain Biking
One Day Hikes Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
575 Mile Ride BSU Climbing
HP Women's Challenge
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The Boise, Eagle, Star, Meridian, Kuna and Nampa areas are abundant with 1-20 acre equestrian communities.  There are many local riding clubs featuring an array of different breeds of horses and ages of the members.  In one community you will find some true equestrian enthusiast and others may be breeders or children that just enjoy riding.  The Eagle area 6 miles west of Boise has become a favorite spot for the horse lover.

Please take a look at some of the many web sites below associated with the horse person.  

The Equestrian Times Idaho Arabian Horse Breeders Assn
Wild Horses in Idaho American Horse Show Association
Destiny Arabians Appaloosa Sport Horses
Horse-Country Western Idaho Horse Fair & Trade Show
Paint Show Horses Idaho Mounted Orienteering
Boise Horses Backcountry Horsemen of Idaho
Dream Horse Idaho Arabian Breeders
Boise Ridge Riders Idaho Thoroughbred Breeders Association
Horse Web The Bridle Path Manor Equestrian Center
Heart for Horses Backcountry Horsemen of America
Horse Travels 2000 American Paint Horse Assn.
Equestrian News Horseback Riding in Idaho (Rentals & more)
Horse Affairs American Assn. for Horsemanship Safety
Horse Rentals  Icelandic Horses & Equestrian School
Ponderosa Areo Club Back Country Horsemen of Idaho
Last Hurrah Ranch Icelandic Horse Acres
Western Horseman U. S. Dressage Federation
Dressage For Kids The Dressage Connection
Classical Dressage Dressage Daily
Dressage Unlimited Cowboy Dressage
Pine Trails Ranch California Dressage Society
Oregon Dressage Society Morgan Dressage Association
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Idaho has more natural hot springs and pools than most areas of the nation. It is quite common to be out backpacking, hiking, alpine skiing or off-road exploring and run into a natural hot spring. They are often favorite destinations for rafters and boaters after a day of hard play on the cold river. For first timers to this fun adventure, please keep in mind that hot water and alcohol are a dangerous combination. Several of these hot water springs have swimming pools and are open to the public at menial cost.

Rich has provided you with web links to some of the best locations and swimming pools below:

Riggins Hot Springs Lava Hot Springs
Red River Hot Springs Haven Hot Springs Resort
Givens Hot Springs
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The pristine mountains of Idaho and it's wonderful rivers and streams give us some of the best hunting and fishing experiences of our lives. In Boise you can be fishing in the Boise River with in minutes of getting off work. If lake fishing is your sport it's just minutes away as well.

Hunting includes everything from birds to big game. Most hunters are kept busy from early September until January with one form of hunting or another. Many of the hunters use licensed outfitter to hunt big game. It's a good idea to look at the Idaho Fish and Game web site to inquire about big game tag drawings and out of state hunting licenses.

You'll find the link and a wealth of other links for the outdoorsman below.

Bearpaw Outfitters Boise Valley Fly Fishermen
NASSA Cyberwest Magazine
Fly Fishing 450 Dutch Oven Recipes
Henry‰s Fork Hells Canyon Tours
Outdoors Site Idaho Fish & Game
Avery Products Idaho Panhandle Outfitters
Idaho Rivers Idaho Outdoor Guided Adventures
Idaho Rivers United North American Outdoor Adventures
Ice Fishing Outback Adventures
Hunting Mall North Idaho Fishing/Hunting
Fly Fishing Outfitters Big Game Hunting
Fly Fishing Classes Idaho Fish & Game
Idaho Rod & Reel Outfitters Search
Sawtooth Mountain Guides Idaho Independent Outfitters
Snake River Info Hells Canyon of the Snake River
Salmon River Info Middle Fork Salmon River Info
Idaho Afloat Welcome to Idaho Anglers
St.Joe River Info Middle Fork Clearwater River Info
National Rifle Assn. Hunting Trail
Thompson Outfitters National Recreation Reservations
Bighorn Outfitters Hunting On-line
Eagle Outfitters Castle Creek Outfitters
Venture Outdoors Idaho Team Adventures
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Treasure Valley has several different types of martial art clubs and schools. Many feature the latest techniques and training available.  A person may even take a beginners course through the  community education programs offered at schools in the evenings.  This is a good way to get an overview of what type of martial art may suit you best. 

Please take a look at some of the many web sites below associated with martial arts.

Ameri-Kan Martial Arts Boise Kokondo Academy
Jukido Jujits Boise Kempo Karate
BUS Taekwondo Idaho Taekwondo Training Center
Bruce Lee Foundation Tai Ji Quan
Kung Fu Frank Farris Martial Arts
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The City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department has numerous large and small neighborhood parks throughout the city. There is over 27 miles of paved path along the Boise River along with all the formal parks. Wealthy benefactors have donated large parcels of land to the community for the specific use of parks. The city Parks and Recreation Department has numerous adult summer softball leagues and other sporting functions. There are shelters in most city parks that can be reserved and rented for your summer functions. Just check on their web site for more details.

Idaho State Parks and Recreation has several large parks within 5 miles of town that make nice spots for summer picnicking. Most of the parks do not allow over night camping or RV camping.

Rich has provided some valuable links below to find just the right park for your needs.

Boise City Parks Idaho Parks & Recreation
Boise Zoo Idaho Recreation and Park Association
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Everyone's a tennis player now days, and Boise has it's share. You can find private tennis clubs and golf clubs with extensive tennis and indoor facilities for year around play. Most have professional trainers and extensive classes available. 

All of the public middle and high schools have courts as do most of the public parks. Look under "Education/Schools" or "Recreation/Parks/City Parks" for addresses.

You'll find a complete list of the private clubs with tennis facilities below.

Boise Racket and Swim Club š 1116 N. Cole Rd.,  Boise. Memberships for a family run $101.85 per month and a single person is priced at $71.40 per month.  The club has 8 indoor courts and 11 outside courts.  This club also has swimming facilities.  This is a membership owned facility.  208-376-1052

Hillcrest Country Club š 4610 Hillcrest Dr.,  Boise.    This 18 hole private golf club has 4 outside and 2 indoor tennis courts.  The club is situated inside the city limits and has one of the finest mature golf facilities in the state.  Membership is limited and exclusive.   The Alberton‰s / Professional Qualifying Golf Tournament is held here each September .    208-345-9373  

Crane Creek Country Club š 500 W. Curling Dr.,  Boise.   This 18 hole private golf  club has 4 outside and 4 inside tennis courts.  The tennis pro offers private tennis lessons for singles or groups.  Membership is limited and exclusive.  The club does offer reciprocal rights to several golf clubs.     208-344-2492

Plantation Country Club š 6515 W State.,  BoiseThis 18 hole private golf  club has 4 outside tennis courts.  The club is primarily a golf club with wonderful mature trees and situated along the Boise River to the west side of city.  Membership is limited.  The club does offer reciprocal rights to several other golf clubs throughout the United States.    208-853-4793

Spurwing Country Club š 6800 N. Spurwing Way.,  Meridian. This 18 hole private golf club has 4 outside and 2 indoor tennis courts.  The club is situated inside the city limits and has one of the finest mature golf facilities in the state.  Membership is limited and exclusive.   The Alberton‰s / Professional Qualifying Golf Tournament is held here each September .    208-345-9373  

If your club or tennis facility is located in or near Boise and is not mentioned above please email Rich to have it included.


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Jogging in the foothills will get you in shape for the annual Robie Creek Run, but if you're looking for a level running surface and nice views, hop on the Boise Green Belt.  Boise has numerous annual runs that can challenge your endurance both mentally and physically. Most of the annual races are smaller in length and designed to meet the average runners skills.

The annual "Ladies Celebrity Challenge" is the largest women only race in the United States with runners attending from all over the world. The run usually has 20,000+ women that participate.

Check out the many annual fun runs and races below.

27th Annual Ponderosa Park Run & Kids Run Saturday, June 14, 2003
Women's Celebration Fun Run Boise Runners Log
Running in Sun Valley Volkssport Event-Runs
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Boise has some very nice RV Parks with features that include mature landscaping, recreation halls, laundry facilities, swimming pools, showering and restrooms. Most have volleyball courts, horseshoes, and tent camping areas too. Two are even located on the Boise River with access to the Greenbelt. Some have weekly and monthly rates at a reduced price. Rich can recommend the best locations and cleanest parks if you e-mail or call him. Like anywhere some areas have more near by amenities than others.

Please take a minute to review the links that Rich has provided below:

Boise RV Parks Boise‰s  Fiesta RV Park
Camp USA Campgrounds and RV/Trailer Parks
Gem State RV Parks Idaho RV Parks and Campgrounds
Idaho Camp Grounds RV Parks USA
RV Jobs
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Idaho has thousands of miles of groomed trails the state and private clubs maintain throughout the winter snow season. You can literally travel on 120 mile sled trips staying at free or low cost U.S. Forest Service winter cabins along the way. One popular cross country trip is from Cascade to Stanley. This type of trip is not recommended for the inexperienced rider and those not familiar with the terrain. Just 45 miles from Boise in Garden Valley there are numerous trails and areas for snowmobiling. Another great area is the Idaho City, Centerville, Placerville and Lowman areas. Naturally McCall and Cascade are great areas with deeper snow fall.

Rich has several great links to web sites for you to check out below:

Snowmobile Yellowstone
Snowmobile Races Stanley Bed & Breakfast
Creek Side Lodge  Snowmobiling Stanley Snow Report 
Stanley C of C National Recreation Reservations
Idaho Snow Report * Idaho State Snowmobile Assn.
National Weather * Greater Yellowstone Coalition
International Snowmobile Mfg. Assn.
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Idaho has some of the best snow skiing in the nation. Alpine and Nordic skiing are both very popular. Just 16 miles out of Boise you can enjoy both types of skiing at Bogus Basin Ski Resort. Bogus has several lighted ski runs for night skiing. Bogus has a few condos to rent, but most folks come back to Boise to party. The states best kept secret is Brundage Mountain which is approximately 120 miles to the north of Boise. If you're into powder skiing that's the place for you. Brundage Ski Resort is located near McCall. You'll find accommodations in McCall are very reasonable and a fun place at night.

Check the links to every Idaho ski area, snow and road reports below:

Bogus Basin Brundage Mountain Sun Valley Resort
Anthony Lakes   Pomerelle Ski Resort Idaho Resorts
Mount Bachelor Resort Soldier Mountain MH Ski Team
Grand Targhee Resort Lookout Pass Resort Silver Mountain
Sun Valley Chamber Schweitzer Resort Big Ski Resort
Idaho Trails Pebble Creek Resort Methow Valley
Lost Trail Mountain Skiers Alliance
Idaho Snow Report * National Weather *
Idaho Road Report * Idaho Ski Report *
North Valley Trail Sun Valley Report*
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There's plenty of whitewater rapids for rafting and kayaking within 45 minutes of Boise. It's so wonderful that people travel from throughout the world to raft and kayak here. The great thing is that you have all classes of rapids with in 5 miles of each other on two different forks of the river .If your new to the area don't let the summer pass without taking a chartered trip down this outstanding Payette River. If that sounds a little to adventurous for your liking, I suggest a leisurely afternoon float down the Boise River from Barber Dam to Ann Morrison Park. It's a good way to meet people and cool off on a warm August day.

Please take a minute to visit some of Rich's favorite rafting web links he has listed below:

Boise River Tours River Maps
Idaho Rafting Executive Adventures

Exodus Wilderness Adventure
Northwest River Supplies Mackay Wilderness River Trips
Hells Canyon Tours Whitewater Rafting Vacations
River Adventures LTD. Kookaburra White Water Trips
Vince's White Water Idaho White Water Guide
Idaho Rivers United Salmon River Challenge
AIRE RAFTS Northwest River Supplies
Maravia Water Sports Cascade Kayak School

Canoeing the Boise River
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