About the Area

About the Area

The Sawtooth National Forest is based just outside of the city of Jerome in south central Idaho just north of Twin Falls. Southern Idaho is comprised mostly of arid high desert sage and grasslands. Twin Falls and its surroundings are typical of the region. Terrain is flat to rolling with mountains bordering the north and south. Most of the suitable land has been developed for agriculture and that industry is the basis for the local economy. Jerome has a population of over 11,000, and Twin Falls is a full service community of just over 50,000 people and serves as the major center of commerce and tourism for the region.


Recreational opportunities abound in southern Idaho for the sportsman, hiker, cyclist, boater, golfer and many others. The Minidoka District of the Sawtooth National Forest provides excellent hiking, cycling and equestrian trails. Four hundred feet below the surrounding terrain and the streets of Twin Falls, the Snake River flows through the majestic Snake River Canyon. The Snake River provides opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. Seventy five miles o the north is the famous resort of Sun Valley and just beyond that the beautiful Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
 



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