June is Great Outdoors Month, highlighting the benefits of the active, fun outdoors and our magnificent shared resources of forests, parks, refuges and other public lands and waters. Idaho State Parks bring everything together, offering easy, affordable access to recreation and lodging so families can get out and explore the great outdoors. Here are just of few fun activities that await on your next Idaho State Park visit.
Eagle Island State Park: Eagle, Idaho
Eagle Island State Park is a 545 park acre park west of Boise and features a popular swimming beach, grassy picnic area and more than five miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking or walking your dog. A new disc golf course is available too. Come play a round!
Bruneau Dunes State Park boasts the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America with a peak rising 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor. Explore the dunes in your hiking boots or on your skis or snowboard; fish for bluegill in the lakes at the foot of the dune; unlock the mystery of the desert with a breathtaking hike or horseback ride; plan a group picnic or visit the Bruneau Dunes Observatory and gaze at the night sky through the Observatory’s collection of telescopes. Visit our online calendar at www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov for a list of upcoming sky-gazing events!
Castle Rocks State Park: Almo, Idaho
With hundreds of routes to explore, the challenging landscape of Castle Rocks State Park attracts rock climbers from around the world and provides superb hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in the midst of a dramatic backdrop that dates back 2.5 million years. Remnants of Native American pictographs, the California National Historic Trail and 20th century ranching are visible in the park today. Stay overnight in the park’s new bunk house!
The Land of the Yankee Fork State Park brings to life Idaho’s frontier mining history. Located in part of the larger Land of the Yankee Fork Historic Area in scenic central Idaho, there is something for everyone in this historic area. The interpretive center near Challis offers museum exhibits, a gold panning station, audiovisual programs, and friendly personnel to provide information on local mining history and area attractions. Visit the nearby ghost towns of Bonanza, Custer and Bayhorse, the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, the Custer Motorway and the Challis Bison Jump.
Located on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d’ Alene Mountains of northern Idaho, Farragut State Park offers unique scenery, history and an abundance of recreational opportunities, including disc golf, a radio-controlled airplane field, fishing, hiking, biking, equestrian facilities and even World War II history.
Don’t forget to book your cabin or campsite and grab your Passport! Reservations for Idaho State Park facilities can be made nine-months in advance of your intended stay. The Idaho State Parks Passport will save frequent park-goers a ton! To learn more, visit www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov.