Recreation

Jessica Murri / For Boise State Public Radio

Almost every day since the end of January, the Boise Foothills Trail Conditions Facebook page has warned hikers of the same thing: trails are muddy. Those conditions have forced would-be hikers to find recreation alternatives.

Pine Irwin is part of a group that uses Boise parks and the Greenbelt instead of hiking in the foothills.  Irwin and her dogs joined others in Veterans Memorial Park Sunday morning because, she says, using the foothills right now is not an option.

Idaho 'Bucket List' Readers Add 35 More Must-Dos To The List

Jan 21, 2014
mesa falls, water, idaho
Pete Char / Flickr Creative Commons

Of the hundreds of comments we've received on the Idaho Bucket List we published last week, two things are abundantly clear: Idahoans are passionate about their state, and 75 simply isn't enough to create a complete bucket list.

In all honesty, we knew both of those things going into the project.

Henry's Fork, Island Park, scenic, Idaho
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's nearly 84,000 square miles of breathtaking views, rugged terrain, and unique landmarks mean the Gem State is rife with recreation and site-seeing options. It could take a lifetime to see it all. In the spirit of the new year, we've compiled a list of the 75 things you must experience in Idaho -- at least once.

Consider this list a starting place for your own Idaho bucket list. By no means is this a definitive list. Send us more Idaho must-dos using the hashtag #IDbucketlist.

75. Bike the Hiawatha Trail.

Steve Stuebner

The Owyhee Canyonlands cover more than 5 million acres of rugged landscape in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon.

Few hikers and campers venture into this desert wilderness because there aren't many trail signs or information.

Steve Stuebner teamed up with photographer Mark Lisk to create a guidebook for the Canyonlands. Their new book, The Owyhee Canyonlands: An Outdoor Adventure Guide, details 55 hiking and biking trails.

yellowstone, winter, bison, snowcoach
Yellowstone NPS / Flickr Creative Commons

Yellowstone National Park is reopening for the winter.

Starting Sunday, the north, west and south entrances to the park will be open commercially guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches.

The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, dining room and gift shop will open for the season on Dec. 20 and the park's east entrance over Sylvan Pass is set to open Dec. 22.

Yellowstone National Park, Bison, Lamar Valley
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Yellowstone officials say they have seen increased traffic this summer at most entrances at the national park.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that in August, the number of recreational visits to the park surpassed 2.5 million, with more than 2 million visitors to the park during the three summer months.

Yellowstone has recorded nearly 2.6 million recreational visits so far this year, and the total number of vehicles was up 4.37 percent from the same time period in 2012.

Steve Dondero

Warm Springs Creek is a clean and beautiful tributary of the Big Wood River in Blaine County. The creek is also a great spot for fly-fishing.

Well...normally.

But after the 174-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire was officially contained last week, heavy rain and thunderstorms moved through. That storm and the continued rain that followed brought mud, ash and debris down the mountain – and into Warm Springs Creek and the Big Wood River.

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

After years of running the grueling half marathon at Robie Creek, Bart Davis had an idea. Instead of just running the 13.1 miles up and down the steep Aldape Peak summit, why not turn around and do it all over again?

Davis’ company, Rivertown Racing, came up with its own brand new race: the Double Robie on September 28. The race will be a full marathon – beginning and ending at Fort Boise. Runners will climb 3,800 feet over 26.2 miles.

Officials in Ketchum say private supporters of a proposed whitewater park will pay for an environmental assessment on a possible transfer of federal land. That land is needed before the project can move forward. 

Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department Director Jennifer Smith told city councilors last week that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has listed the city's land transfer request as a low priority. Because of budget restraints, the agency won't complete a review in less than three years.

Aaron Beck Photography

The trailhead for Polecat Gulch Reserve in Boise's foothills will get a new trailhead. And the city wants your thoughts on how that trailhead should look.

Kelly Burrows is a park development coordinator. He's designed three different ideas for the trailhead. Burrows says he likes the idea that builds the trailhead right off the cul de sac on Boise's North Collister Drive. 

Roger Phillips / Idaho Statesman

Early-season snow just barely dusts the peaks above Idaho's capital, but a battle inside a federal courtroom down in the valley could have big impacts on who gets to ride where on the white stuff.

On Wednesday, backcountry skiers will ask a judge to tell the U.S. Forest Service to initiate planning efforts meant to limit where snowmobiles can drive on public land.

His decision could eventually affect national forests across the nation.

Since 2005, the Forest Service has been creating travel plans for motorized wheeled vehicles.

But snowmobiles were exempted.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

Ted Davis owns Airstream Adventures Northwest in Nampa.  He takes us inside an Airstream International Signature Series by Christopher C. Deam. 

Click here to listen and read more about Davis' dealership and how it signals an upswing in Idaho's economy. 

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

The Pacific Northwest, including most of Idaho, should have a decent whitewater season this year.   Ample snowpacks in the mountains mean good river flows through the summer.  Kayakers and rafters in Idaho north of the Snake River should benefit.

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