Amazing Camping Spots In Idaho. TOP 18
Amazing Camping Spots In Idaho. TOP 18. List: Bruneau Dunes State Park, Three Island Crossing State Park, Coeur d'Alene Lake, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Ponderosa State Park, Redfish Lake, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, City Of Rocks National Reserve, Farragut State Park, Sawtooth National Forest, Boise National Forest, Payette Lake, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Palisades Reservoir, Lake Pend Oreille, Stanley Lake, Lake Cascade State Park
Canyon on US 93 near Challis, Idaho
A canyon on US route 93 south of Challis Idaho along the Lost River Mountains.
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Idaho Travel & Recreation
Welcome to Idaho, The Gem State!
Welcome to Idaho, where a combination of beauty and diversity make this state a great place to visit, live and play. Adjacent to Washington and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho boasts a variety of landscapes from forests to deserts, and rugged mountains to broad farmlands.
Outdoor recreation is a vital part of Idaho culture. Home to premier ski resorts, white-water rafting and camping, the wilderness calls to visiting explorers. Hell's Canyon and the Salmon River boast some of North America's finest rafting and kayaking opportunities with Riggins as the state's informal white-water capital. Don't miss Shoshone Falls which plunges down rugged cliffs from a height greater than that of Niagara Falls. The Craters of the Moon and the Bruneau Sand Dunes offer unique desert beauty.
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My Top Ten Favorite Western U.S. Rides
Here it is, my favorite ten rides in the Western United States.
2014 Road Trip - US 93 through Idaho and Montana
GoPro dash video of some great stretches of US 93 through Idaho and Montana.
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Video is played back at 2x speed. Vehicle is a 2011 Volvo XC70 T6 AWD.
Salmon River Scenic Byway | Visit Idaho
The northern end of the Salmon River Scenic Byway begins on the Montana border at the Lost Trail Pass (elevation 6,995 feet). Lewis and Clark came this way in 1805, and the spectacular view from this vantage point has changed little since that famous exploration of the West two centuries ago. The route follows the Salmon River -- also called the River of No Return -- through the Salmon-Challis National Forest through the historic city of Salmon. The river and its forks serve as important natural pathways into Idaho's rugged back country. The deer, elk, and moose that often graze along the hills and meadows that line this road provide a glimpse of the wild country beyond.
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Swanholm Peak, Boise Mts, ID, 11/10/2013
A sky island delivers superb views and two moose!
8,727' Swanholm Peak
where Boise Mts, ID
gain rt 3,527'
miles rt 10
start 7:45 am
stop 5:00 pm
who Erik Matt
prominence 347' (8,930' West Warrior Pk)
isolation 1.7 mi (8,930' West Warrior Pk)
range hp no
6:45am trailhead breakfast
7:30am turn back for snowshoes
7:45am start hiking again
2:15pm time to head down
8,727' Swanholm Peak is situated in the eastern Boise Mountains, only six miles from the SNRA Wilderness Boundary. It's been on my list for the past year since I first glimpsed it from Goat Mountain (see the third photo in the link...recognizable Steel Mountain is in back just right of center, with Swanholm just in front/below Steel). After a little poking around, I discovered there's a maintained trail to a fire lookout on the summit. It was also in a new area I had never been to. I didn't need much more convincing this trip would be well worth it, just needed the stars/weather/dates to align. At only two days shy of one year later, that alignment came.
My hope was this would be a twin summit day, combining both 8,727' Swanholm and 8,930' West Warrior peaks by traversing their beautifully exposed connecting ridge. But ultimately we chose to spend a couple hours doing absolutely nothing at Swanholm except soaking up the wonderful sun/weather/views, instead of pushing the extra four miles roundtrip to West Warrior. I'm still not sure if I regret that decision, as I love marking peaks off my list and I'm guessing the view from West Warrior towards the western Sawtooth front, with West Warrior lakes below, would not disappoint.
The weather couldn't have been better. Really, it was totally ideal summit weather. Not a breath of wind at nearly 9k', and the sun was warm/strong. The views were impressively vast, with ~4k' drops in almost every direction. Perhaps the best view I've had in the Boise mountains, able to see almost the entire range from one summit.
The actual hike is pretty tame. The first half involved mindlessly placing one foot in front of the other on a nicely maintained trail. The second half was a much more exciting off trail ridge walk thru shallow snow with some nice views. Highlight of the hike was when we ran across two moose sunbathing on the ridge at nearly 8k'! They hung out a hundred yards or so away from us while we thoroughly enjoyed gawking at them. It really was quite a sight, and definitely added enjoyment to the overall adventure.
To Love A Place - Idaho's Main Salmon River
Conservation of wild rivers has to start with love. Amy Kober has spent the last 18 years of her career dedicated to saving waterways with American Rivers.
In an effort to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act in 2018, American Rivers is working to protect 5,000 miles of new Wild and Scenic Rivers and one million acres of riverside land protected over the next five years.
In addition to the powerful conservation goal, American Rivers along with NRS, YETI, and O.A.R.S., have launched the 5,000 Miles of Wild campaign: embarking on a mission to tell the stories of America’s rivers and the people who love them—from whitewater boaters and avid anglers, to families and urban dwellers who enjoy backyard escapes.
“By collecting personal stories from people across America, we will show how rivers connect all of us and send one clear and unified message to our elected leaders: our rivers are worth saving,” Amy said. “Our aim is to recruit, engage and empower a lasting army of people speaking up to protect our rivers and clean water.”
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Salmon Valley Tourism Video
Depicts the lifestyle in the rural town of Salmon, Idaho. Where the Roads End and the Fun Begins.