Fairfield is a quaint, historic town nestled against the Sawtooth National Forest. Soldier Mountain graces the skyline at over 7,000 feet, attracting skiers in winter and mountain bikers in summer. In fact, Fairfield’s beautiful landscape offers fun and adventure all year round. Here are our top 10 picks.
Camp at Baumgartner Campground and Hot Springs.
Towering ponderosa pines, the calm South Fork of the Boise River, and numerous trails make this campground a true gem. But the best part is the hot springs! Take in the natural beauty as you luxuriate in the 101-degree water.
Behold the camas lily bloom.
Every spring, the valley floor is transformed into a stunning blanket of blue as these incredibly beautiful, high-altitude wildflowers come to life. Prepare to be dazzled by this unique show of nature.
Grab a beer and burger at Soldier Creek Brewing Company.
A cozy atmosphere and friendly service make this spot a local favorite. Dig into food that’s a cut above the usual bar fare, sample the impressive beer selection, and enjoy some live music.
Try backcountry skiing at Soldier Mountain Resort.
While Soldier Mountain is a small, family-friendly ski area, it also boasts some of the best backcountry skiing in Idaho. Explore the pristine, untracked snow for a truly memorable experience.
Go birding at the Centennial Marsh.
In late May through mid-June, this protected area is filled with colorful wildflowers and thousands of birds and their tiny offspring. Get out your binos to spot raptors, shorebirds, songbirds, waterfowl, and more.
Mountain Bike Couch Summit.
Couch Summit boasts miles of doubletrack and singletrack trails. Pedal to your heart’s content and enjoy amazing views of the Sawtooth and Smoky Mountain ranges as well as the South Fork of the Boise River.
Put your boat in at Mormon Reservoir.
Spend a relaxing day reeling in rainbow trout from the comfort of your boat. The beautiful Mormon Reservoir is largely surrounded by public land, making it a great location for boating, fishing, camping, and biking.
Soak in the waterfall-fed Skillern Hot Springs.
Reaching this amazing hot springs is quite the trip: You will need to hike for two hours along the Smoky Mountains in the Sawtooth National Forest. But the payoff is worth it: A waterfall-fed hot springs with rock walls and sandy bottoms.
See true cowboys at the Camas County Rodeo.
The second weekend in July means one thing in Camas County: The rodeo is in town. Thrill to the nonstop action as professional cowboys and cowgirls compete for serious prize money.
Whitewater kayak in spring for amazing views.
Paddling the spectacular South Fork of the Boise River is a fun and exciting way to enjoy the spring scenery. Idaho is known as the whitewater capital of the United States and has more miles of whitewater than any other state in the lower 48!
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