Hells Canyon -
If you enjoy spending time exploring as an outdoor enthusiast and love nature, then visiting a canyon likely becomes part of the plans. Not only is the opportunity to hike and climb an incentive, but the river and lakes offer opportunities for boating, kayaking, and fishing. Canyons are unmatched when it comes to enjoying panoramic views and are one of the most memorable natural wonders. Discover grounded in existence the valley bragging towering cliffs of its surrounding canyon that took eons to form, shift, and mark the territory with striking perfection—traveling to some of the most dramatic findings with daring adventures and creating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to remember. The Snake River Plain Aquifer sits just below the Snake River Plains, stretching from the western border of Yellowstone National Park of the eastern portion of the far-reaching landscapes of Idaho and surpasses across the territory to the Idaho-Oregon border where tourists and residents alike enjoy entering Hells Canyon. The canyon walls boast basalt lava flows, rhyolite, and sediments commonly found in the Snake River Plain.
Traversing the canyon may not be the easiest way to access Hells Canyon, with getting and boating options. However, it provides access to incredible destinations and remedies expensive costs associated with jet boat rentals, as not everyone has their boat or a floating boat. But keep in mind hiking the trails opens the door to nature opportunities unseen anywhere else. If hiking is preferred, Hells Canyon Wilderness is ready with a host of high mountain trail options along the 217,927 acres of far-reaching landscapes, with the chance of coming across bighorn sheep, turkeys, and deer.
Campgrounds with Trailheads near Riggins, on the Idaho side of the canyon, include:
Black Lake Campground - Black Lake - Horse Heaven Trail #214, Heaven’s Gate Trailhead - Boise Trail #101 (north), Windy Saddle Horse Camp - Seven Devils Trail#124, Low Saddle Trailhead - Stormy Point Trail #101, and Snake River Trailhead - Snake River National Recreation Trail #102. Trails options include Windy Saddle Trailhead, Cold Springs Trailhead - Boise Trail #101, Rapid River #177, Rapid River Ridge #178, North Star #183, Indian Spring # 184, Black Lake, Creek #188, Lick Creek Ridge #231, Upper Lick Creek #229, Ant Basin #324, Lost River #358, and Ant Basin South #519. For reference with a topo map, check out Pyramid Peak, Lake Fork, Black Lake Creek, Boulder Creek, Lost Creek, Cold Spring Creek, Mickey Creek, and Wesley Creek, to name a few.
Bruneau Canyon -
Bruneau Canyon may be found a bit off the beaten path, and a full-day trip from the City of Boise area, this destination will have most folks in awe. A portion of the state's southernmost territory hidden deep within the desert rests the remarkable Bruneau Canyon and River. Area wildlife depends on the water of the Bruneau River for survival, most especially migrating herds and birdlife. The craggy cliffside offers scenic views of the craggy cliffsides, desert plants, and greeny that surface during the beginning of the spring season and offers the equal balance of a light covering snow in the winter. The overlook provides excellent scenic views up and down the canyon walls to the north and south. Birdlife in this area may present the opportunity to check out birds of prey such as the golden eagle, bald eagle, vultures, and an array of hawks.
Lake Coeur d’Alene -
Delicious food, designer hotels, and more are waiting for you in Coeur D’ Alene when you get done touring the area for the day. Perhaps checking out a boat tour of the lake might be something to consider. Or possibly heading over to the airplane tours might be more in line with the adventures you’d enjoy most.
Driving around the lake on the scenic route makes for a splendid full-day trip, depending on which course is preferred, thus offering various options, activity opportunities, and destination hot spots. Historic cities line Lake court d’Alene with neat old structures, great stories of times past, and opportunities to get out and explore a bit before continuing along. Deciding to take the scenic byway boasts beautiful panoramic views, though be sure to get supplies and gas up before getting on the road. There are ultimately two routes that are the primary options to tour the lake, though there are many subsequent options that branch off from the main lake traveling path and the farther countryside route.
Another option that provides for lake enjoyment while dining is the floating restaurant. That's right; a floating restaurant sits delightfully atop the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene making an afternoon sunset on the deck one to remember. Imagine your favorite foods, picturesque views of the far-off rolling mountains in the distance, the glimmering waters of the lake all in one. Of course, the dining option atop the lake waters is not recommended if motion makes creates for a feel of dizzyness or uncomfort, as that is not a recipe anyone wants for their day or evening out. The lake is surrounded by various nature areas, trails, and birding opportunities. Find a route that fits best and head out or map a nature reserve and pack up the camera. Whatever you enjoy most, there is something to do around Lake Coeur d’Alene, even if water isn’t preferred; maybe waterside enjoyment while shopping local boutiques is. Community art lines the streets and paths around the lake complemented by interpretive signage. Find museums, parks, and eateries waiting to delight. The atmosphere is relaxed mainly around the lake, and most folks are out enjoying being outdoors or heading to their next destination.
During the colder months, a neat community event at Lake Coeur D’ Alene is the polar bear plunge, where folks get their swimming gear together and head over to the water for a quick dip in the frigid waters. For folks who might enjoy an evening boat tour on the water combined with hot cocoa and toppings galore, signing up for a boat ride during January through March may be the way to go.