Mountain Home Ranger District and Office


Campground Camping - by Ann Thornton

The Mountain Home Ranger District is the southern most district on the Boise National Forest and about 650,000 acres in size.  It is located in close proximity to Boise, Idaho and includes administration of Capitol City front range lands.

The District has a robust program of work that covers vegetation management, recreation, range, wildlife, fisheries, watershed, fire and fuels, noxious weeds, minerals, and special uses.  There are about 20 permanent employees and typically hires additional seasonal employees. 

The scenery is very diverse and mountainous and transitions from desert at the lower elevations, through ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests, to high alpine (9700 feet).



SPRING AND SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS might include fishing in one of the 20 plus lakes or 4 major reserviors!


Ridge To Rivers Map   Includes great information about great hiking and bike riding.

Idaho Department of  Fish and Game - guides and liscenses.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation - has "new" maps that will help you find your favorite trail for motorized and non-motorized!  


Most campgrounds are scheduled to close in September and re-open in May.  Check with District for updates.  Make your reservations at

Reminder:  The Trinity Recration Area normally opens in mid-July.  Call the District for updates.  (208-587-7961)




WINTER RECREATION HIGHLIGHTS  -  Check out the updated Idaho Parks and Recreation website!

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Activities:  Snowmobiling   Nordic skiing   Rent a Yurt! 

For more information on passport renewal, registrations, regulations and permits for winter recreation visit: Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

 Mountain Home Snowmobiling Map.

Specific Areas in Southern Idaho for Snowmobiling.

Major Storage Reservior Water Levels in Boise and Payette River Basins

Bureau of Reclamation Boat Ramp Elevations



Mountain Home Ranger District
3080 Industrial Way
Mountain Home, ID 83647
(208) 587-7961

Office hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday

District Ranger:  Stephaney Kerley


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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Campground opening and closing dates are listed with each campground. Most of the campgrounds open in Mid-May and close by October1. Danskin Trails  are usually open from April 11 through January 1, depending on conditions. Trinity Mountain Recreation Area is the exception.  Due to the high elevation and snowpack, Trinity Campgrounds and trails normally are open from Mid-JULY through October 1.  
Information Center: Great videos about Arrowrock Dam! Arrowrock Dam: A Century of Service 1915-2015

Arrowrock Dam: A Guided Tour

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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