Boise National Forest
Located north and east of Boise (whose name means "the woods"), stands of ancient, old-growth conifer trees cover more than 2.5 million acres that also include more than 7,600 miles of streams, more than 250 lakes and reservoirs, and numerous campgrounds, cabins, and more than 1,300 miles of trails. Most of the forest lies within the Idaho Batholith, a large, highly eroded geologic formation of steep and rugged slopes that vary in elevation from 2,800 to 9,800 feet.
The fast mountain rivers that carved this terrain yield some of the Northwest's best trout fishing. White-water rafters find the forest's rivers, especially the Payette, well worth tackling. For those who seek a more rugged backcountry experience, a portion of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness lies within the forest boundary. Hunting for upland birds and big game, such as elk and mule deer, is also popular. Winter visitors will find trails groomed and ready for snowmobiles and cross-country skiers. Downhill skiers can try the slopes at Bogus Basin Ski Area, just north of Boise.
1249 South Vinnell Way
- Boise, Idaho 83709
- 43.52910000, -116.07477000
- Ranger Station: Weekdays 8–4:30.
- Visit Website
- (208) 373-4100