Lowman RD - Hot Springs near Kirkham Campground

The Boise National Forest is a land of steep mountains, fast rivers and dense forests making it a recreation destination any season of the year. From biking and hiking through lush green mountains and rolling arid landscapes, to snowboarding in cooler months and swimming or kayaking in the warmer ones, the Boise National Forest is the recreational choice for over 1.5 million outdoor enthusiasts every year.


2015 SPRING CONDITIONS:  Printable documents - check out the spring campground opening dates:

Idaho City Ranger District and Emmett Ranger Districts campground openings

Mountain Home Ranger District update and campgounds openings.

Cascade Ranger District Campgrounds are scheduled to open with full services May 22, 2105.




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Go to: to make reservations for campgrounds and cabins. 




Download the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway Historic Auto Tour and take our tour from Boise to Stanley and back!





SCENIC BYWAYS - If you’re interested in taking the scenic route, three Scenic Byways ramble through portions of the Boise National Forest offering unrivaled natural beauty and multiple recreation opportunities.


CABIN RENTALS - Rustic cabins and guard stations once used by Boise National Forest Rangers can be rented for overnight visits.  Each offers unparalleled scenic surroundings, numerous outdoor recreation opportunities and abundant wildlife viewing


WATER FUN - Water sports enthusiasts are not hurting for options on the Boise National Forest! With 9,600 miles of rivers and streams, and 15,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs, there is a wide variety of locations for swimming, boating and fishing.


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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Danskin Mountain OHV Area Trail(s) Closed to Visitor Danskin Trail System is anticipated to open in late spring of 2015.
Dog Creek Campground - reserve Closed to Visitor Dog Creek Campground will not be open for the 2015 season due to the risk of mudslides from burned slopes.
Green Creek Trail Closed to Visitor 2015 - Currently closed for all entry.
Roaring River Trail Closed to Visitor The Roaring River Trail system is currently closed.
William H. Pogue National Recreation Trail Closed to Visitor The William H. Pogue Trail is currently closed.