Outdoor Life in Boise

Discover Boise's Outdoor Life

Boiseans love the outdoors, so it’s a good thing Boise is filled with parks and outdoor activities. Whether you like to hike, bike, or picnic, Boise has got you covered!


Boise and the surrounding area compile a total of 199 trails to hike, bike and enjoy! Here’s a list of just a specific few areas:

1. Camel’s Back and Hulls Gulch Reserve

Located at the end of 9th Street and along the Boise North End. With about 3 miles of designated trails, explore Boise’s finest nature and views overlooking the city.

2. Hillside to the Hollow Reserve

Popular for walking or running with a pup by your side, is the Hillside to the Hollow Reserve. A 260-acre oasis of open land surrounded by Boise neighborhoods. Most popular for views of Boise’s North End and the Owyhee Mountains.

3. Military Reserve

734 acres of land recognized for recreation and wildlife reserve. The best time to hike and explore is in the fall for amazing views of the city and for fall colors. The Military Reserve has opened an Archery Range and will soon be opening a Bike Park and new Dog Park.

4. Oregon Trail Reserve

With a strong historical presence, the Oregon Trail Reserve connects Bonneville Point to Barber Park and the Greenbelt Pathway.

5. Polecat Reserve

7 miles of single track trails perfect for beginner mountain bike rides or easy family hikes. Polecat Reserve trails offer views of the Treasure Valley and the Boise ridgeline.

Boise Area Trails

Photo Credit: Taylor Brockhoff

6. Shafer Butte Area

Identified as the trails above and below Bogus Basin Road, are these high elevation trails. Recognized for a challenging 50 miles running throughout the mountainous forests and meadows above Boise.

7. Table Rock Area

A fan favorite for community members, as it offers amazing views from above the city. Trails can be accessed from the Old Idaho Penitentiary and transcend along the steep mountain to reach the peak.


Boise is home to over 90 parks, giving an abundance of outdoor leisure activities for members of the community. With parks located throughout many neighborhoods, it can’t be hard to find one close to you. Or challenge yourself and make it your goal to visit each park throughout the city. Some identifiable parks:

1. Kathryn Albertsons Park

Designed for quiet contemplation and beautiful scenery, perfect for relaxation and nature observation.

2. Hyde Park

Home to Camel’s Back in the Boise North End.

3. Ann Morrison Park

One of Boise’s biggest parks. 153-acres of bocce courts, a disc golf course, horseshoe pits, an outdoor gym, sand volleyball courts, a playground, and so much more.

4. Willow Lane Athletic Complex

57-acre athletic complex featuring softball fields, a soccer field, a playground, and a dirt jump park.

5. Esther Simplot Park

Home to Quinns Pond with 23 acres suitable for fishing, wading and swimming.

6. Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve

This 44-acre preserve for bats, birds & other animals offers trails, overlooks & public art.

7. Cecil D. Andrus

This mini-park is located directly across from the Idaho State Capitol and is utilized for a variety of fun events and traditions.

8. Manitou Park

Located in a well-established Southeast Boise neighborhood with 11-acres of mature shade trees and tennis courts.

9. Julia Davis Park

The city’s oldest park, located on the edge of downtown and home to the well known Rose Garden and Zoo Boise.

10. Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park

A shady 28-acre park with access to the greenbelt and large open play areas.

Boise Parks & Recreation

Photo Credit: Bogus Basin

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Boise has 4 local ski resorts all within 3 hours of the area. Ranging in different sizes and conditions each ski resort has its own culture and vibe that sets it apart from the others.

1. Tamarack Resort

A quick 2-hour drive from Boise, rests Tamarack Resort nestled in the little town of Donnelly, Idaho. Spread out over 1,000 skiable acres and 6 lifts ideal for alpine skiing, nordic skiing, backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing.

2. Sun Valley Ski Resort

The nation's first destination ski resort, with the world’s first chairlifts is located only 3 hours from Boise. Home to two mountains, Baldy and Dollar, designed to impress every snow lover, no matter their skill level.

3. Brundage Mountain

High in the mountains of Central Idaho near McCall, runs Brundage Mountain packed with trails, terrain parks, and backcountry tours. Known for its powder-packed glades and luxuriously wide groomed runs, Brundage is a mid-sized resort that “skis big”.

4. Bogus Basin

Only 16 miles from downtown rests Bogus Basin, Boise’s local mountain for all things recreation. Spanning across 2,600 acres of skiable terrain with more than 90 runs, Bogus offers Boiseians an enjoyable trip up the mountain.

Boise Ski Resorts

Photo Credit: Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation



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