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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! For your safety, please check our Alerts and Notifications and Fire Information before recreating within the Forest.


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How the Forest Service is responding to COVID-19

Boise National Forest employees ask the public to please recreate responsibly (Idaho). Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities such as rock climbing, etc. or backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. We also encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. CDC Covid Health Guidelines

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Ready to plan your next adventure?

Visit News and Events to see scheduled campground opening dates!

Reservations at www.recreation.gov

If the campground is closed, that means that there are no longer any services like reservations, campground hosts, fees, trash pick up, water and many of the out-houses and gates will be locked. Schedule for out-house and gate closures will vary depending on the District. If a gate is locked, you may choose to pack in and pack out of the campground. Please remember to take your trash with you.

Keep in mind, snow will arrive very soon at the higher elevations. Forest Roads ARE NOT PLOWED and there is NO CELL SERVICE. Call the Districts before you leave for the most current weather and road information. There are no longer Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect, but conditions remain very dry and we ask everyone to continue to be very careful with campfires.


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Visit the Interactive Closure Story Map for updated closures


Watch Videos of Boise NF!


Watch Videos of Special Places to Visit!

Some places may appear dated due to impacts of wildfires

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 - Currently Kirkham Campground is DAY USE ONLY.   NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING.

Visit the Cascade RD


Road Tripping with MP3

Download the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway Historic Auto Tour to your MP3 player for more!


Big Trinity Lake - Great blue colors and sky


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:  State Highway 55 and Forest Highway 22, Cascade Reservoir, Warm Lake, Johnson Creek, Landmark, Cascade and Yellowpine.

Emmett RD - Featured areas:  Forest Highway 17, Sage Hen Reservoir, Middle and South Fork Payette River, Crouch and Garden Valley.

Idaho City RD - Featured areas:  State Highway 21, Mores Creek, Granite Ck, Banner Ridge, Middle Fk Boise River, Barber Flats, Idaho City, Graham and Atlanta.

Lowman RD - Featured areas:  State Highway 21 and Forest Highway 17, Deadwood Reservoir, Scott Mountain, Bear Valley, Bull Trout Lake, Lowman and a beautiful drive to Stanley, Idaho.

Mountain Home RD - Featured areas:  State Highway 20, Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Little Camas Reservoir, Arrowrock Reservoir, South Fork Boise River, Shafer Butte and 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


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Key Informational Links


Fire Information - INCIWEB-  Is the site that has wildland information, photos, updates and maps: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov

Boise NF Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/boise

Hunting information: https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt

Idaho smoke information: https://idsmoke.blogspot.com/

Daily Idaho Satellite Smoke Analysis - https://arcg.is/1zfeqH

Fire Restrictions: https://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html


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Boise National Forest Closure Map

Know Before You Go!  Welcome to the interactive Boise National Forest Closure map. This map is an informative tool you can use to plan your visit to the Forest. Click on the tab for specific Ranger District closure information. Information will be updated as closures change.



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