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!
Recreation - 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- Featured areas: Highway 55 and 22, Cascade Reservoir, Warm Lake, Johnson Creek, Landmark, Cascade, Yellowpine
Emmett RD - Featured areas: Highway 17, Sage Hen Reservoir, Middle and South Fork Payette River, Crouch, Garden Valley
Idaho City RD - Featured areas: Highway 21, Mores Creek, Granite Ck, Banner Ridge, Middle Fk Boise River, Barber Flats, Idaho City, Graham, Atlanta
Lowman RD - Featured areas: Highway 21 and 17, Deadwood Reservoir, Scott Mountain, Bear Valley, Bull Trout Lake, Lowman, Beautiful drive to Stanley, Idaho
Mountain Home RD - Featured areas: Highway 20, Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Little Camas Reservoir, Lucky Peak Reservoir, Shafer Butte, Trinities Recreation Area.
Lucky Peak Nursery - Featured: 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.
Once seen in great numbers across the West,Greater Sage-Grouse have declined in number over the past century because of the loss of sagebrush habitats essential for their survival. State wildlife management agencies, along with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), which administer most Federal lands are taking unprecedented steps to ensure the conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse on public lands. Read more... USDA Forest Service - Greater-Sage-Grouse.
The souls caring for your forest wear a variety of soles.
The USDA Forest Service is an agency composed of a wide array of disciplines and job opportunities. Ranging from wildland firefighting, to botany, to capitol coordinating, the Boise National Forest exemplifies the range of positions possible within the agency.