Southern Idaho summers are long — our part of the world gets more than 250 days of sunshine, most of it during this season — and packed with camping, biking, and water sports. We’ve made it easy to plan your next summer getaway. Just choose your adventure!
Plan a Camping and Hiking Adventure
Whether you want to pitch your tent next to a high mountain lake or hike a technical trail among the hoodoos, Southern Idaho has you covered. Camping and hiking is as everyday as breathing in this region, and you’ll find plenty of places to relax or challenge yourself. Sleep under the world-famous dark skies at City of Rocks, cool off in the high mountain outpost of Lake Cleveland, or choose one of hundreds of other options.
Go for a Paddle
Southern Idaho’s high desert terrain is a playground for kayakers and SUP enthusiasts — just check out the thousands of people who hit the Snake River or take to the area’s reservoirs and high mountain lakes. Both lazy paddles and full-tilt thrills abound. All you have to do is choose a new spot to explore, from towering Shoshone Falls to sweet Billingsley Creek.
Hit the Trail
Southern Idaho’s biking trails offer thrills and scenery without the hassle of crowds. Choose an easy loop or a technical obstacle course — and bring the family, too. Local favorites include City of Rocks, where you can take in fascinating geological formations, and the heart-pounding Mount Harrison.
Explore the Backcountry
Southern Idaho’s thousands of acres of high-desert public land are perfect for off-road lovers. Jump on your UTV, ATV, or RAZR and start exploring! Locals love the South Hills, Snake River Canyon Park, the trails in Camas County, and an epic 68-mile loop near Craters of the Moon.
Cool Off On the Water
Southern Idaho’s Snake River offers endless opportunities for people who love water sports — roaring whitewater, peaceful lakes, or down-to-the-wire boat races. Whether you’re a spectator at the Idaho Regatta or the star of your own show on Lake Walcott, you’ll find plenty of ways to cool off on a hot summer day.