It is hot in Southern Idaho this time of year, so pack your bathing suit and we will let you know all the perfect locations to visit on your July adventures! Your July adventure itinerary awaits!
Go Kayaking or Paddle Boarding
The Burley area has a few options for epic paddling. Rent kayaks or paddle board with Idaho Water Sports, at their store front downtown Burley or at Heyburn Riverside Park. Heyburn Riverside Park location allows you to put in right on the river for a no-hassle, no transporting kayak experience. You’ll kayak below the mountains on the Snake River here.
If you have the option to transport the boats, you can head up those mountains and paddle on top of the valley! Lake Cleveland is a mesmerizing place. Camping up here is a blast too, but make sure to plan ahead because the spots are generally taken! Find wildflowers all around the lake as well as trails to explore.
Twin Falls is also an awesome place to paddle. You can rent paddle boards or kayaks at Centennial Waterfront Park with AWOL Adventure Sports. Book them ahead of time online to make sure you get what you need! Kayaking down here is a blast. You’re at the base of a 500 foot canyon in the Snake River. Kayak under the Perrine Bridge and all the way to Pillar Falls for a four mile round trip total. For the daring adventurers, carry the kayaks around Pillar Falls and kayak all the way to Shoshone Falls! The trip is a total 8 miles long. Be sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen on those hot July days!
Our last kayaking recommendation is in the Hagerman Valley. The Snake River has lots of great options to put in around here, and some hidden gems to discover. Banbury Hot Springs has kayak and paddle board rentals for you to take to the most famous kayaking spot of all. Blue Heart Springs is about a mile paddle from Banbury Hot Springs. We recommend visiting on a weekday to beat the crowds due to its popularity. Another fun place to take your own kayaks is Ritter Island. Here you can paddle around an Island surrounded with blue water and waterfalls.
Go White Water Rafting
Book a trip with Idaho Guide Service to get the ultimate splash for summer. Go whitewater rafting with their expert guides and learn history while flying through rapids. Take a full day adventure down the Snake River, have a picnic on the beach, and even see some wildlife along the way. They are located in Hagerman, and their office is at Billingsley Creek Lodge. We definitely recommend staying at their lodge for a beautiful place to stay and create memories. Make sure to take a quick trip to Buhl to grab ice cream. Cloverleaf Creamery is a locally owned creamery and dairy that makes their own ice cream. Find signature flavors all sourced from Idaho ingredients.
Shoshone Ice Caves
Go underground to explore a lava tunnel to get the ultimate break from the sun. The Shoshone Ice Caves are underground and filled with ice. No matter the temperature outside, the ice caves act like a refrigerator, and you will definitely need a jacket! There are guided tours running every 30 minutes. Each tour explains historical, geological, and volcanic background of this magnificent landform! There is a great gift shop at the Shoshone Ice Caves where you start the tour.
Go mountain biking at Soldier Mountain
The brand new mountain biking paths at Soldier Mountain are calling your name! Whether you’re an experienced rider or just beginning, they have a variety of trails to try out. This time of year the wildflowers are blooming! Pertt’s Bike Rentals in Twin Falls can hook you up with a bike if you don’t have one. They allow you to transport them up to Soldier Mountain and even include a helmet to be safe. The perk of riding at Soldier Mountain is the lift that conveniently takes you to the top of the mountain. This means all your energy can go into riding down! Soldier Mountain Lodge has a full lunch menu and drinks at the bar.
Sore after a day of biking? Once the sun goes down and the mountain air cools off, visit Worswick Hot Springs for a hot spring soak to unwind from the adventures. If you need a place to stay up in Fairfield check out the Prairie Inn for great service and a comfy bed.
Hang out indoors to cool off
There are plenty of fun things to do inside when you’re in Southern Idaho. Some of our favorite places to go are downtown Twin Falls. Throw axes at Bearded Axe with your loved ones to show off your strength and aim. Here, you will be taught how to aim and hit the target with a real axe! Nearby is 2nd South Market that has live music weekly and a ton of food options to choose from. Walk the Market on Main and stop in shops on Saturdays to shop and support local.
In Burley go to Arcadia to relive those childhood dreams and play any game you can think of. They have games ranging from retro to new. Enjoy the nostalgia while winning Pacman with your family. There is a frozen yogurt shop inside to enjoy while playing all the games too! Stop into Edith’s Cafe for delicious food and excellent service. Enjoy your July Adventure Itinerary around Southern Idaho. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and have some summer fun in the sun!