The Boise National Forest’s vast landscape spans over 2.5 million acres of diverse forest and grassland. Located northeast of Idaho’s capital city of Boise, recreationists can explore the North Fork Payette River Canyon at 2,800 feet in elevation to the nearly 10,000 foot peak of Trinity Mountain. Whether you choose to explore any of more than 500 trails, or cool off in one of over 250 lakes and reservoirs, the Boise National Forest is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s dream!
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Watch Videos of Special Places to Visit!
Visit the Idaho City RD
Visit the Emmett RD
Visit the Emmett RD - Middle Fork Payette River
Visit the Lowman RD- Deadwood Lookout & Campgrounds
Visit the Lowman RD - Kirkham and Bull Trout Campgrounds
Visit the Cascade RD
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View Each Ranger District For More Information About Recreational Opportunities
The Boise National Forest has 5 Ranger Districts, the Supervisor's Office, Lucky Peak Nursery and a Guard Station in Garden Valley and High Valley.
Cascade RD - Areas of interest: Highway 55 and 22, Cascade Reservoir, Warm Lake, Johnson Creek, Landmark, Cascade, Yellowpine
Emmett RD - Areas of interest: Highway 17, Sage Hen Reservoir, Middle and South Fork Payette River, Crouch, Garden Valley
Idaho City RD - Areas of interest: Highway 21, Mores Creek, Granite Ck, Banner Ridge, Middle Fk Boise River, Barber Flats, Idaho City, Graham, Atlanta
Lowman RD - Areas of interest: Highway 21 and 17, Deadwood Reservoir, Scott Mountain, Bear Valley, Bull Trout Lake, Lowman, Travel to Stanley-
Mountain Home RD - Areas of interest: Highway 20, Anderson Ranch Res., Little Camas Res., Lucky Peak Res., Shafer Butte, Trinities Rec. Area.
Lucky Peak Nursery - Established in 1959, the Lucky Peak Nursery grows trees, grasses and shrubs for National Forests in Southern Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Western Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Visit Idaho's Scenic Byways - has great video of Idaho's special byways.
Also check out Idaho Public Television's - Idaho Scenic Byways
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