Forested mountain peaks. High desert plains. Sun-drenched valleys. Pick fresh fruit, sample at a winery, dine in downtown Boise. Idaho’s capital city of Boise offers cultural experiences from the Boise Art Museum, to the Basque Block and the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Just minutes outside of Boise you'll find raptors gliding above high deserts and rocky canyons. Natural sand dunes. Mountain hot springs. Open meadows and mountain lakes. Windsurf. Jet-ski. Cast a line.
In Southwestern Idaho, enjoy the harvest of the valleys, the culture of the city, the best of the outdoors. Fly into Boise. Stay downtown and let the uniqueness of this outdoorsy city sink in. Then, head for the mountains, rivers, lakes, deserts, vineyards and guest ranches, and let your own adventures begin.
Summer in Southwest Idaho ranges from mid-May through September. Idaho has more raft-friendly whitewater than any state in the continental U.S. Whitewater adventures range from an easy float to a full-day rush of adrenaline. In the summer, the ski slopes are open to the public for hiking and mountain biking trails. Visitors can also learn the skills of a real cowboy, including horsemanship, riding and grooming, all in the beautiful Southwest Idaho nature. Don’t miss your adventure in North America’s Deepest Gorge, the Hells Canyon in a jet boat.
The gateway city of Boise is filled with culture, dining, shopping and relaxation. Don’t miss the Farmer’s Market every Saturday in downtown or Alive After Five, a free summer concert every Wednesday evening where visitors can sample local food and drinks.
A high concentration of wineries can be enjoyed among Southwest Idaho’s more than 20,000 square kilometers. It’s surprising to think that wine grapes thrive so beautifully in this distinctly four-season climate. It’s easy to stop into a tasting room or two at the end of an invigorating outdoor adventure, or wine touring can be a great all-day adventure of its own, with spectacular scenery for picnics and great people to meet along the way.
Southwest Idaho’s mild winter climate, bustling downtown Boise and stunning landscape filled with tall mountains and expansive forests make the region the perfect winter destination. With such a mild climate, the area is a hub of outdoor activity: skiing, snowboarding, ice-fishing, elk-feeding and natural hot springs. Throughout the season, you can ski at one of the region’s popular resorts like Brundage Mountain Resort, Tamarack Resort or Bogus Basin; taste exquisite wines in the Sunnyslope Wine Region; enjoy the natural hot springs; and experience the many other adventures to be found in Southwest Idaho.