Idaho City Ranger District and Office


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The Idaho City Ranger District (RD) is just over 400,000 acres in size, ranging from open foothills along the Payette River on the western border of the District to the beautiful and famous Sawtooth Mountains on the eastern portion.

Elevations range from 3200 to 8800 feet. The climate is generally dry with plentiful sunshine year around. Annual precipitation in Idaho City is approximately 15 inches, with most of it occurring as snowfall.

Winter temperatures range from a high of 35-40 degrees F, to lows just above zero and summer temperatures range from a high of 80’s to the upper 90’s, to lows in the 40’s.

The District receives high visibility due to its close proximity to Boise, the capitol city of Idaho.  Several beautiful pristine rivers flow through the District offering some of the best strongholds of bull trout habitat in South West Idaho.

Trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorized activities are abundant and provide for numerous opportunities in the mild season. With relatively heavy snows and long winters, the District is a destination for many cross country skiers and snowmobilers with abundant ski and snowmobile trails.



SPRING AND SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS - Visit the historic town of Idaho City.  The District features many great trails for hiking and fishing. The Crooked River trail is a favorite for scenic beauty. A rental cabin is a geat choice providing some of the conforts of home and great adventures in every direction outside the front door.

Idaho City Campground Open and Closure Schedule

Idaho City gates on roads normally open June 15 and close September 15.

Please call the District for updates. (208-392-6681)  

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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.



Idaho City RD - Map of Park N' Ski Areas 

Snowmobiling in Southern Idaho

More information about areas to cross-country ski and snowshoe near Idaho City.


Idaho City Ranger District
Highway 21, milepost 38.5
P.O.Box 129
Idaho City, ID 83631
(208) 392-6681

Office hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

District Ranger: Brant Petersen


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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Most campgrounds are open from late May through late September.

General Information


From Boise, Idaho, travel along State Highway 21 approximately 38 miles to Idaho City, Idaho.

The Idaho City Ranger District Office is on the right side of State Highway 21 as you enter town.

Recreation Map

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Seasonal gate & road closure schedule for Idaho City RD. Gates open June 15 and close September 15. Click HERE for more information.

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