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!
CHECK ON ALERTS AND NOTICES PAGE FOR ALL ROAD AND FOREST CLOSURES.
State Highway 21 will open and close during the winter months due to avalanche danger.
Check before you go: http://lb.511.idaho.gov/idlb/
Your Social Media Connections
These official sites for information (including fire information) for the Boise National Forest.
Facebook: U.S. Forest Service – Boise National Forest
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ (use drop down –top right- Idaho)
Hunting information: https://idfg.idaho.gov/blog/2016/08/get-current-fire-information-here
Idaho smoke information: idsmoke.blogspot.com
Fire Restrictions: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html
REMINDER: MOST OF THE BOISE NATIONAL FOREST HAS NO CELL PHONE COVERAGE.
Watch Videos of Special Places to Visit!
Visit the Mountain Home RD - Campgrounds in the Trinity Recreation Area.
Visit the Mountain Home RD - Campgrounds adjacent to Anderson Ranch Reservoir and along the South Fork Boise River
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
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.
Visit Idaho's Scenic Byways - has great video of Idaho's special byways.
Also check out Idaho Public Television's - Idaho Scenic Byways