Mountain Home Ranger District and Office


Photo of a Bald Eagle sitting on a branch in a snowstorm

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 organization - 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 Recreation 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 p.m. Monday through Friday

District Ranger:  Stephaney Kerley


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At a Glance

Operational Hours: 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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Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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OHV Camping

Areas for OHV Camping at Mountain Home Ranger District and Office

OHV Trail Riding


Boise NF - OHV


The District has many trails for those who enjoy seeing the back country by ATV or Motorcycle. Many of the trails are for intermediate and advanced riders, for beginners staying on designated forest roads is recommended.

Please make sure you check the skill level of the trail before heading out.  Like all outdoor activities make sure you take with you plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray, appropriate clothing, and a map or GPS unit. You can get a map at the Mountain Home Ranger District office, and current conditions of trails by calling: 208-587-7961.

Also, not all trails that can be ridden on by motorcycles can be ridden by ATVs please check local office for trail specifics. For permits, registrations, and rules and regulations, please see web site for Idaho Parks and Recreation

A popular destination is the Danskin Mountain Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area encompasses 60,000 acres and provides more than 150 miles of Off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM) and All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) trails in a mountainous, high desert setting.

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Mountain Home Ranger District and Office


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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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