Recreation

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

This is the second year in a row the X Games qualifier is in Boise, two years after Rhodes Park reopened. More than 50 athletes are competing in skateboard, BMX and motorcycle racing events.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The City of Trees has that nickname for a reason. Boise is home to the 29th most parks per capita of any city in the United States, according to the Trust For Public Land. The trust says that out of more than 4,100 acres of parks in the capital city, Julia Davis Park is the most visited in Boise.

Idaho Parks and Recreation

If you were hoping to snag a last-minute camping spot for Memorial Day weekend, you’ll have to look beyond Idaho’s many state parks.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Dick’s Sporting Goods announced Wednesday morning it was pulling assault-style rifles off its shelves.

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There’s a new push in Congress to allow mountain bikers access to wilderness areas.

Last week, a house committee approved a measure that would amend the Wilderness Act. The bill would allow mountain bikes in wilderness areas, setting up another legislative battle about shared use on public lands.

via Jayme Moye

It seems like every day there are new allegations of sexual misconduct in politics or media. But what about sexual harassment or assault in the outdoor industry?


Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area

Thanks in part to a low unemployment rate, help wanted signs can be found all over Boise, from fast food joints to department stores. And now Bogus Basin is adding to that crunch, looking for 500 workers for the season.


Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

OK river rats, here’s the scoop: Ada County will open Barber Park services this Saturday where you can start your day on the river. The tube and raft rentals open at 10 a.m., and the first shuttle departs Ann Morrison Park at noon, where floaters can take out.

For those new to the summertime experience, you can expect the float to take about two hours.

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The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking input from the public on a proposed new bike trail at Lucky Peak Dam and Lake.

The 15-mile mountain bike trail would start along the southern shore of Lucky Peak near Lydle Gulch and stretch to the area around Chimney Rock.

The Statesman reports the trail would be designated for multi-use and open to more than just mountain bikers. Horseback riders, hikers, birders and picnickers would all be welcome to utilize the proposed pathway.

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The Idaho Department of Lands has released a map detailing recreation accessibility on the state's public endowment lands despite earlier political resistance from Idaho lawmakers.

According to the agency, Director Tom Schultz requested the mapping of the state-owned land after the Idaho Legislature spiked a resolution urging the department to highlight which areas are accessible for recreation.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

The temperature is scorching and the Boise River is slowly dropping, but it's still not clear when float season will get underway. Officials say the river is nearly low enough to start pulling debris like logs and other hazards from the water.

With the river running well above flood stage for several months earlier this year, the annual job of removing debris is expected to take longer than usual.

Float the Boise River / Facebook

With summer unofficially here, it’s almost the time of year to float the Boise River. However, with the river still running well above flood stage and untold amounts of debris collecting along the waterway, it’ll probably be a while before kayaks and tubes are allowed to make that lazy trip downstream.

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Visitors to National Park Service land in Idaho brought in almost $40 million to the state economy last year.

A new report from National Parks found that almost 629,000 people came to Idaho monuments and historic sites in 2016. They spent $31 million and created 525 jobs. That had a cumulative benefit of almost $40 million to Idaho’s economy.

There are seven facilities in Idaho managed by the National Park Service. That includes the Minidoka National Historical Site and Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Idaho Parks and Recreation

A portion of a popular backcountry ski system in central Idaho will open this winter following a wildfire that burned through the area this summer.

The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation said in a statement Thursday that two yurts in the Idaho City Backcountry Yurt System deemed safe will be available possibly as early as November.

Colleen Back / Idaho Aviation Foundation

The reopening of an iconic backcountry lodge has been pushed to next summer. As KBSX reported last year, the rebuilding of Big Creek Lodge near the Frank Church Wilderness is led by a group of hobby pilots who use the airstrip in the same location. 

Colleen Back of the Idaho Aviation Foundation can’t help but use flying analogies when she talks about the progress and setbacks with the Big Creek Lodge this year.

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