The Boise National Forest is located in central Idaho.
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Trinity Recreation Area


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!


Area Closure News:  

UPDATE: Closure Area Reduced for Elk & Pony Complex Fires Effective November 7.  VIEW THE NEWS RELEASE and new maps.  



 Watch Videos of Boise NF!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




View Each Ranger District For More Information About Recreational Opportunities 


ATV Riders



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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Recent News


Public Comment Period Closes for Idaho Greater Sage-Grouse

Sage-Grouse - Draft cover page photo

On Wednesday, January 29, the 90-day comment period for the Idaho Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement closed.  The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management will be analyzing the substantive comments received, revising the draft environmental impact statement, and publishing a final environmental impact statement, which will include a Response to Comment report. A Notice of Availability for the Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the fall of 2014.

We appreciate your participation, which will help both agencies accomplish what they are proposing.

Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement


Family Fishing at Martin Lake, Idaho

The Black Hills National Forest has developed a great media library. allows you to search, browse, and download photo, videos, documents and audio files from forests across the nation.  Just type in the forest or subject that you are interested in and view the selection!

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Fire Management & Aviation

Boise Hotshots - Retardant Drop

The Forest annually deals with over 100 wildfires. A complex management program includes prescribed fire, wildfire suppression and management, aerial operations and training.

The Lucky Peak Nursery Grows Seedlings for Reforestation Following Wildfires

Seedlings in the greenhouse

Each year the Lucky Peak Nursery will grow between 2 and 6 million seedlings and shrubs depending on reforestation demands.


Water – A Prime Reason for the Establishment of National Forests

Beautiful photo of a rainbow trout

The Boise National Forest offers over 7,600 miles of streams and rivers and more than 250 lakes and reservoirs that beckon water sports enthusiasts to raft, kayak, fish, sail, and water ski.

National Forest Foundation Video about our Treasured Landscapes

National Forest Foundation Photo

Watch this beautiful video about the national forests and grasslands. Stewards of public lands, making a difference.

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