Celebrating Idaho’s Great Outdoors

Idaho celebrated America’s Great Outdoors Month in June and Idaho’s Governor Otter along with Governor’s across America issued proclamations declaring June as Great Outdoors Month in their states. Each state highlighted the benefits of active fun outdoors and the magnificent resources of forests, parks, refuges, public lands and waters.

But did you know that Idaho’s Great Outdoors is a summer playground offering exceptional outdoor recreational possibilities? 

 O say can you see.   
Hiking Borah Peak (also known as Mount Borah or Beauty Peak) is the highest mountain in Idaho and one of the most prominent peaks in the contiguous states.
Best time to climb Borah Peak is July – September

By the dawn’s early light.
Wildlife viewing in the largest adjoining wilderness area in the lower 48 – The Frank Church River of No Return, offers the widest variety in the United States.  Over 2.3 million acres in size and includes parts of three mountain ranges: the Salmon River Mountains, Clearwater Mountains, and Big Horn Crag; as well as the Middle Fork of the Salmon and Main Salmon rivers.  Best time of day for wildlife viewing is in the early morning or dusk.

What so proudly we hailed.  
Idaho hails more whitewater river miles than any other state in the lower 48, more than 3,000 miles to be exact. Some of the best known rivers include the Lochsa, Payette, Snake, Main Salmon and the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Enjoy a gentle drift down a lazy river or take a white-knuckle rollercoaster ride down incredible rapids. Guided trips can be arranged and vary from a few hours to several days in untracked wilderness.  Best time to whitewater is June – September.
Rafting the Payette River

 At the twilight’s last gleaming
Kids and parents download, print and explore the “101 Things to do Outside”.  You can’t get it all done in just one day.
Be Outside, Idaho! is a coalition of diverse agencies and organizations united in the common cause of empowering families to lead healthy lives by developing a sense of place in their outdoors. 

Whose broad stripes and bright stars.
For the best stargazing, seek Idaho’s darkest sites.  Idaho’s amateur astronomers have their favorite spots. Among them are Craters of the Moon National Monument (where the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society hosts two public star parties each year ), in Owyhee County (home of the Bruneau Dunes public observatory), and City of Rocks National Reserve in south-central Cassia County.

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Idaho is two-thirds public land, the pulse of the rivers and streams are healthy and Idaho’s outdoor residents receive continued support through habitat preservation and conservation projects.  This outdoor mix offers diverse outdoor recreation opportunities – fishing, backpacking, rafting, horseback riding, biking,  and camping, that are showcased in 82,677 square miles.

 Where will you celebrate Idaho’s great outdoors?