Auto Racing at Meridian Motor Speedway


Firebird Raceway


"Firebird Raceway opened in 1968 and has conducted NHRA Championship Drag Racing from late-March through October. The quarter-mile drag strip annually hosts a variety of events, including one of the biggest races in the entire Pacific Northwest called the Nightfire. Location: Firebird is located 5 miles north of Hwy 44 on Hwy 16, about 10 minutes northwest of Eagle

Address: PO Box 1398, Eagle, ID 83616.  Phone: (208) 938-8986.


In Front Racing - "Flattrack and motocross racing fan page based out of Boise, Idaho. Links to both flattrack and motocross information, and photo galleries."


MotoPage - Find motocross news, clubs, gear and more.


"Multi-use motor sports complex. 1/4-mile asphalt oval featuring late-models and super modified plus other divisions. Saturday nights and special events. Regular races Saturday nights from April 24 through Sept 26. 1/8th mile dirt track oval featuring speedway motorcycles, mini-sprints and outlaw carts plus other divisions on Wednesday nights." Address: 335 E. 1st Street, Meridian, ID 83642.  Phone: (208) 888-2813, or: Corporate Office (208) 429-8796


Custom Race - Idaho


Readers Favorite Ride Spots Home Page


Readers Favorite Ride Spots - Idaho


Snake River Speedway Signs With IHRA
March 20, 2001, By Brian Buschor


Where's a good place to ride? - "Ride Anywhere, Anytime - Dirt Roads, Singletrack Trails, Pavement, Grassy Hills, Ski Resorts, Parks, BMX Tracks, Dirt Parks, Motorcross Tracks, Big Back Yards, Fire Access Roads, Dual Slalom courses, Deserted Streets, Select Skateparks. And for more fun, you can board with a kite or sail."






Boise River Tours - "Informative and relaxing raft trips, which emphasize flora, fauna, history and geology, as you travel down the beautiful Boise River either in or very close to Boise, Idaho. You can enjoy taking pictures, identifying wildflowers, birds and just getting close to nature in a leisurely way.  Months: May-September.  Address: 111 Broadway, Suite 133, Box 155, Boise, ID 83702.  Phone: (208) 333-0003.


Boise Tour Train & TROLLEY - "City and customized tours in a 1890's style puffer-belly open air train.  Charter tours with meal included and a combined Tour Train and Float trip is also available.  Summer - 5 tours daily.  Fall/Spring - weekends and November through April: Saturdays at 1:30.  Address: P.O. Box 9165, Boise, ID 83707.  Phone: 208-342-4796.






Southwestern Idaho Fishing Report


Benz's Campground Directory - Idaho Campgrounds BIS Benz's Information Service


“Campers in Idaho can count on some spec­tacular scenery, good fishing and a relaxing time at Idaho's campgrounds.  Idaho has more than 400 campgrounds on about 33 million acres of federal and state recreation lands.   Most are first-come, first-served.  However, a few can be reserved.  Here are a few suggestions within a few hours' drive of the Treasure Valley.


Redfish Lake


This campground, situated amid the post­card-perfect scenery of Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Mountains, is the Grand Central Sta­tion of Idaho campgrounds.  It's arguably Idaho's most popular campground, and things are a-bustling. There is a store, a lodge with meals, horseback and boat rentals, showers and a vis­itor center.  The Forest Service campgrounds cost between $11 and $13 a night and are RV-friendly with hookups.  Fun stuff:  Picnicking.  Hiking well-worn trails to the Bench Lakes, Alpine Lake and other nearby destinations.  Interpretive programs in the campground amphitheater.  Guided naturalist hikes.  Horseback hiking. Motor boating and paddling.  Biking.  Fishing.


Getting there:  Drive north from Boise along Idaho 21 to Stanley and turn south on Idaho 75 for five miles.  Turn right at the Redfish Lake turnoff.  Reservation: 1-877-444-6777.


For a list of outfitters providing trips on the Salmon, Snake and other rivers, contact the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association at 208-342-1438 or the Idaho Department of Com­merce at 208-334-2470.


Horsethief Reservoir


These wooded campgrounds lie along a lake at the foot of the Salmon River Mountains.  The 150 campsites are primitive, covered with gravel to accommodate recreational vehicles.  There are two handicapped-accessible docks and a couple of boat ramps.  Fun stuff.  Trout fishing. Watching deer, os­prey, sandhill cranes, great blue herons and other wildlife.  ATV riding or mountain biking on desert roads in the area.


Getting there: Drive 70 miles north of Boise on Idaho 55 to Cascade.  Just north of town turn right on the Warm Lake Highway and drive six miles to the Horsethief Reservoir turnoff.  The reservoir is about three miles from the highway.  Reservation:  208-634-8137.


National Geophysical Data Center Listings - Idaho has 232 hot springs, and is said to be the state with the highest hot spring density. Springs are listed in order of temperature.


Kirkham Hot Springs


The star attraction for this campground, lo­cated near Lowman, is the hot springs.  Few of Idaho's primitive hot springs are more accessi­ble than this one.  The temperature in most of the sand and rock pools that flow into the South Fork of the Payette River hovers around 100 degrees - a perfect temperature for killing bacteria without being so hot it'll cook your goose.  A footpath leads from the campground to the springs.  Fun stuff:  Picnicking and relaxing in the hot springs.  Campsites cost $10 a night.


Getting there:  Drive east from Boise on Idaho 21 for 70 miles to Lowman.  Turn east at Low-man and drive four miles to the campground.  Or, take Idaho 55 out of Boise, turning east at Banks.  Reservations:  l-877-444-6777.


When it comes to fishing and boating, Idaho has variety.  If you're not into motorboating, paddle your lake kayak or canoe for miles on a scenic lake such as Payette Lake near McCall.  It's one of many that offer scenery, fishing, water-skiing, paddling, camping and sailing.  Here are some of the best possibilities.


Lake Cascade


The biggest area lake.  It's best known for fishing, but its enormous size makes it well suited for sailing and water-skiing.  It also of­fers tremendous scenery.  Great choice for combination of water-ski­ing, fishing and camping. Beaches on the east side are good for picnics and areas for kids to play.

Fishing:  Rainbow trout, perch, coho salmon, tiger muskies and smallmouth bass.  Phone number:  208-382-4258.


Getting there:  Take Idaho 55 from Boise to Cascade.  Distance from Boise:  75 miles.


Lucky Peak Reservoir


Quick trip for afternoon or evening of water-skiing.  Takes the brunt of Boise pres­sure, but it remains the best local lake of con­venience.  Best times are during the week, but week­ends still are manageable.


Fishing:  Don't hold your breath. Run when warm weather hits.  There' too much water-skiing, and they’ll rock your boat.  Best for trout in spring and fall.  Search for elusive bass along the cliffs.  Phone number:  208-336-9505.


Getting there:  Take Idaho 21 from Boise.  Distance from Boise:  7 to 15 miles, depending on the boat ramp you want to hit.


Anderson Ranch Reservoir


Second-best option for combination fishing and scenery.

Fishing:  Decent trout and kokanee fishing.  You’ll find bass in the coves.

Phone number:  208-587-7961.


Getting there:  Take Interstate 84 to the sec­ond Mountain Home exit.  Take U.S. 20 north and follow the signs.  Distance from Boise:  61 miles


Payette Lake


This is Idaho's little lake Tahoe.  The water is cold but the lakeside restaurants are close by with hot food.  Wind makes sailing a good option.  The scenery is killer.


Getting there:  Take Idaho 55 to McCall.  Distance from Boise is 55 miles.


Fishing:  Decent for trout and an occasional lake trout.


Information:  208-634-2164 for boat ramp information at Ponderosa State Park in McCall.


Lake Lowell


Getting there:  Take Interstate 84 to Nampa and go south on Idaho 45.  Distance from Boise:  17 miles.


Fishing:  Good fishing for perch and bass.  Also bluegills and crappie.


The open nature of the lake and prevailing wind make Lowell a favorite lake for sailboats.  It also has some of the warmest wa­ter for water-skiers.  Great for bird watching.  Not a lake for scenery.  The water is sometimes low, so call for boat ramp information.  Information:  208-467-9278.


Brownlee Reservoir


The best lake for opening up the out­board and letting it fly.  The Snake River Canyon also provides nice scenery.


Fishing:  One of the best lakes for small-mouth, crappie and catfish.  Troll for trout in deep water.  Information:  800-422-3143.


Getting there:  Take 1-84 to the Payette exit and U.S. 95 to Cambridge.  Distance from Boise:  It's about 120 miles if you go to Woodhead Park, west of Cambridge; it's about 80 miles if you go to Farewell Bend State Park In Oregon to launch.


For more information about area lakes, call the Idaho Depart­ment of Parks and Recreation at 208-334-4199.  For information about fishing area lakes and camping opportuni­ties, call the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-334-3700." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


National Park Service - "Links to the Past" is rich in American history and culture, which The National Park Service is responsible for preserving and protecting.


Nationwide Rivers Inventory (NRI) – "Is a listing of more than 3,400 free-flowing river segments in the United States that are believed to possess one or more "outstandingly remarkable" natural or cultural values judged to be of more than local or regional significance.”


NASA Aerial Photography


North America Forest History


Park Search L.L.Bean


Publications from the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, and US Fish & Wildlife Service; how to obtain.

Rivers Search

Rivers of the U.S. by state (wild and scenic).


Rivers in the U.S. for Float Trips of a Week or More - Great destinations for canoe and kayak touring and tripping excursions (canoe camping top 40)


Rivers (American Rivers) Search by Region - The longest river is the Missouri, Mississippi Yukon, Rio Grande, and the St. Lawrence, which is to the north




Trees & Plants - Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or climbing, provides everything to plan your next outdoor adventure. Thousands of trails, topo maps, trail reviews, community, store and more!


Trails, Recreation, Pets & Activities in the Forest






Entertainers who have visited the Treasure Valley are on the who's who list of stars:


Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, Shania Twain and Elton John; medium-sized concerts such as Motley Crue, Lilith Fair, Pantera and Phish to name only a few in past years.


It's not uncommon for more than 30 con­certs to occur in the Treasure Valley just during the summer. MICHAEL DEEDS BEHIND THE SCENE.


Bravo Entertainment/BSP - Promotes concerts throughout the Northwest.   The com­pany, run by three Gen Xers from California, set up shop in Boise.


Clearwater Community Concert Association presents for the 2001-2002 Concert Series....


Community Concert Association: 331-5015




Idaho Venue, Club, & Calendar Listings




Bank of America Cen­tre - "Can pack in about 5,000 fans in a convenient location in Downtown Boise, is the newest sports event center in the Northwest. This 5,000 seat arena is home to the Idaho Steelheads (WCHL minor league hockey), and the Idaho Sneakers (World Team Tennis). Trade shows, conventions, ice shows, concerts, and sporting events are also planned for this facility. The Centre contains a sports bar, luxury boxes, and direct access to The Grove Hotel."


Idaho Center in Nampa - Can hold more than 10,000.  Next to Idaho Center is an outdoor amphitheater of similar ca­pacity:




Pavilion at Boise State University - Can hold more than 10,000 fans.


Velma V. Morri­son Center for the Performing Arts - 2,000-ca­pacity room on the Boise State University campus that has the area's best acoustics.




Boise Dining & Night life (Bars & Clubs)


Boise On Line Mall


Blumacs, in Boise Idaho


Country Music Night Clubs


Funny Bone Comedy Club - Voted as One of the Top 10 Comedy Clubs by USA Today


Bars and Nightclubs Idaho


Bars & Night Clubs - Surf Boise


The Boise Jazz Collective


Boise Jazz Musicians


Blues Bouquet - Boise


Popular bands include local reggae-rockers House of Hoi Polloi, who play local night clubs regularly. Built To Spill has appeared on HBO and “Late Night With Conan O'Brien.”  Magazines like Spin and Rolling Stone regularly praise Built To Spill's albums.  Entertainers like folk singer Rebecca Scott have made an impact.


Better Creek


Blues Bouquet


String Cheese Incident




Young Dubliners


Local funk outfit Da Groove




Boondocks Fun Center - "Family fun center featuring go-carts, miniature golf, arcade and restaurant. Hours: Summer/Winter hours vary - call for details.  Address: 1385 S Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian, ID 83642.  Phone: 208-898-0900.


Boise Philharmonic - January 2001 the Philharmonic presented A Space Odyssey, which featured the theme from that movie as well as the theme from “Star Wars” and “The Planets," accompanied by space footage from NASA.


Discovery Center - 343-9895 - Located at 131 Myrtle St.  Exhibits on computer memory and human memory.  There's also Science Saturdays at The Dis­cover Center, where kids in first through fourth grades can learn chemistry or robotics.




"Idaho Botanical Garden - "Gives area resi­dents and visitors a new look at the outdoors.  About six acres are under cultivation and contain 11 theme gardens, including the Eng­lish Garden, Meditation Garden and the Chil­dren's Garden.


The English Garden consists of a summer house, fountain and sandstone walkways, while the Meditation Garden has ponds, a wooded area and large expanses of lawn.  “It's one of Boise's best-kept secrets,” said Elizabeth Dickey, education specialist at the garden.  “Everyone is surprised when they come out how gorgeous it is.”


The garden also offers classes on garden­ing topics for adults and a class on making beads out of rose petals for children and adults.  It takes about an hour to walk through the many roses, asters and gloriosa daisies, Dick­ey said.  Picnic areas are available for those who want to spend the day smelling the flowers and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere." As reported by Jennifer Taylor of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000. 343-8649




Benz's Golf Resorts, Courses, and Equipment






Golf Courses of Idaho


Golf Courses of Idaho - World


Golf Course Directory - Visit Top 100 Golf Sites




Golf Course Pencil, Ball Marker and Ball Repair Tool Collection


Idaho Golf - Green Sheets


Idaho Golf Course Guide




NetCaddie's Idaho Golf Guide By City


North America's Online Golf Course Directory


Open Golf Tee Times Online Tee Time Reservations for Idaho Golf Courses
1-877-NOW-GOLF(669-4653) for Tee Times


Profesional Disc Golf Association - Pro Disc Golf Discussion


Score Card - Courses in ID


See Who is Playing at the following Scored Courses






BanBury Golf Club - 3023 S. Eagle Road, Eagle


Boise Ranch Golf Course - 6501 S. Cloverdale Road, Boise - Go south on Cloverdale. It's at the comer of Cloverdale and Lake Hazel.


Black Rock Golf Course - PO Box 3070, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816.  Phone: 208-676-8696.  Toll Free: 888-989-ROCK


Canyon Springs Twin Falls, Idaho


Centennial Golf Course – Centennial Drive Nampa - Take Exit 38 off 1-84, turn north, then take a left on Ridgecrest Drive and a left on 11th Avenue.


Cherry Lane Golf Club - 4200W. Talamore, Merdian - Drive west from Boise

on Fairview then go north on Black Cat into Ash-ford Green’s.


Desert Canyon Golf Course – Mountain Home - Take Exit 95 off 1-84 and you

can't miss it.


Eagle Hills Golf Course - 605 N. Edgewood Lane, Eagle - Take Idaho 55 north

to Hill Road, turn left and go straight through the four-way stop. Hill becomes



Emmett City Golf Course - Emmett - Take Highway 52 through Em­mett and

turn left on Airport. 


Fairview Municipal Golf Course in Caldwell, Idaho-Take I-84 west to the Middleton exit (No. 25).  Go north, then follow the signs left on Old Highway 30 and right on Purple Sage Road.


"Falcon Crest Golf Club, the signature course in what will be the most unique and exciting golf complex in the Northwest.


Falcon Crest, truly a championship course, offers a challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Unhurried play, a sea of grass and open space, majestic vistas of the Boise valley and surrounding mountains, and course design that blends the natural terrain with water, grass, sand and stone make each hole a memorable experience.


A second course designed for the beginning golfer and junior player is under construction. It will allow aspiring young golfers to participate in the training program offered at the complex, and play on this course will be offered at a reduced price.


A third course will be a links style course that will have a wide open feel that's sure to be a walker's delight.


Practice your golf on our 30 acre driving range which includes a number of practice bunkers and an 18,000 sq. ft. putting green.


Hans Borbonus, the inspiration, designer and developer of the total golf complex, has been exacting in the planning and construction of each phase of the project... The complex will be a delight to golfers of all skill levels and economic means, as well as being available for prestigious events of statewide and national interest." 11102 S Cloverdale Rd, Kuna, Idaho 83634, (208) 362-8897.


Foxtail Golf Course - 990 W. Chinden Blvd., Meridian - Go west on Chinden 2

miles past Eagle Road.


Hidden Lakes Golf Resort in the Panhandle of North Idaho, Sandpoint.


Highlands Golf & Country Club


Indian Lakes Golf Club - 4700 Umatilla Road, Boise, Idaho 83709.  South on S. Cole Road, turn left at Amity (by the Jackson's Store)


Jerome Country Club golf course properties in Southern Idaho


McCall Golf Course


Priest Lake Golf Course, North Idaho's newest and most challenging 18-hole championship course that will open to the public on June 22, 2002.


Priest Lake Golf Course, North Idaho's Real Estate for sale


Purple Sage Golf Course – Caldwell - Take I-84 west to the Middleton exit

(No.25).  Go north, then follow the signs left on Old Highway 30 and right or

Purple Sage Road.


Quail Hollow Goff Club - 4520 N. 30th SL, Boise - Take 36th Street north

beyond Hill Road.


Ridgecrest Golf Course - 3730 Ridgecrest Drive, Nampa - Take exit 38 off of I84 and turn north.  Take a left on Ridgecrest Drive.


River Bend Golf Course - Wilder - Located just 45 minutes from Boise, Idaho. Take 1-84 to the Wilder/Green-leaf exit.  Take Highway l9 west to Highway 95 and take a left.  Take a right on Boehner.


Rolling Hills Golf Course - 50 West Indianhead, Weiser - Take 1-84 to

Highway 95, take 95 to Weiser, turn left on Indianhead Road and right on

State Street.


Scotch Pines Golf Course - Payette - Take Highway 95 to Payette. As you

enter Payette, stay to the right.  Turn right on 7th Avenue North (it's on the far

side of town), left on Iowa Avenue, right on Airport Road and left on Scotch

Pines Road.


Shadow Valley Golf Course - 115711 Highway 55, Boise - Take Highway 55 north a few miles from State Street.  The course is on your right.


Teton Lakes Golf Course - Located West of Idaho State Hyway 20 on the way to West Yellowstone.


University of Idaho golf course - "Is a very challenging par 72. It was originally designed by Francis L. James, and constructed in 1933 as a nine-hole golf course. In 1968, the course was redesigned by Bob Bolduck and nine additional holes were added."


Warm Springs Golf Club - 2495 Warm Springs Ave., Boise - Take Main Street east through the Broadway intersection and follow it to the course, or take Myrtle Street to Broadway, go left, take a right on Warm Springs Avenue and follow it to the course.


Par-3 courses


Golf and Recreation Club - 3883 South Orchard, Boise - 208-344-2008.


Pierce Park Greens - 5812 N. Pierce Park Lane, Boise. 208-853-3302.




Gymnastic Clubs


Gymnastic Resource Center - Idaho


Gymnastic in Idaho


Bronco Elite


Gem State


Nampa Recreation Center


Tumble Time


Wings Center




Boise Foothills - Follow a hilting trail out from Warm Springs Mesa and sit and watch the greenery in the draw below.  Pretty soon you're bound to see a deer bob across the gully.  You usually can see herds of deer off Bogus Basin Road during winter, as well.


Boise Parks and Recreation City Office - Boise City maintains 80 park sites covering 2,386 acres.  There, you will find tennis, softball, soccer and playground facilities in addition to six outdoor swimming pools and one indoor pool.


Celebration Park, south of Melba.  Information:  495-2745.  "This area lining both sides of the Snake Riv­er sports one of the largest, most spectacular collections of rock art in Idaho.  Visitors can wander sandy footpaths looking for petro­glyphs on their own or arrange for a free tour given by the park's interpretive specialists." As reported by Jennifer Taylor of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000. 


To get there:  Take Interstate 84 to the Meridian exit and go south to Kuna. Take Ku­na Road west to Robinson Road.  Turn south for 5 miles, jog west on Dickman Road and south again on Can-Ada road.  Take Can-Ada Road south for 6 miles to Victory Lane.  Turn west on Victory and follow it to the canyon bottom.


Greenbelt (Wheels R Fun) - "25 miles of riverfront pathway; open to the public year-round. Wheels R Fun offers rentals of bikes, skates and float tubes.  Address: 831 S. 13th St., Boise, ID 83702.  Phone: 208-343-8228 (seasonal)


Hiking and climbing in Idaho


Hell's Canyon and Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho


Hulls Gulch hiking trail, which be­gins in the Boise Foothills a couple miles north of where the pavement ends on 8th Street.


Idaho Campgrounds & RV Parks


Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association

P.O. Box 95 Boise, ID 8370 1-800-49-IDAHO - Business Office 208-342-1919


Jump Creek Falls near Homedale


MK Nature Center, behind Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St, Boise.  Information:  334-2225.  "Wild critters and domesticated humans alike frequent the stream walk, taking visitors along a man-made stream that depicts an Ida­ho trout stream from its beginnings in the mountains to the high desert plains.  Interpre­tive signs enhance the walk.  Don't miss the underwater viewing stations, where you will see many varieties of Idaho fish or possibly the long legs of blue heron fishing for lunch.  The indoor visitor center features a new wildlife relationship exhibit." As reported by Jennifer Taylor of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Robie Creek Park.


These pictures were taken while hiking in various places around Idaho including Mt. Borah: On 16 August 1998 my brother Jonathan and I hiked a ways up Mt. Borah.  Bruneau Sand Dunes: Jonathan, his friend Ruth, and I took Ce'Nedra to Bruneau Dunes State Park one May day in 1997. - Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or climbing, provides everything to plan your next outdoor adventure. Thousands of trails, topo maps, trail reviews, community, store and more!


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Trees & Plants


World Wide Climbing Guide






Hyde Park - Boise Idaho's unique historic district


Cataldo Mission - The state's oldest building, which is easy to get to off Interstate 90 between Coeur d'Alene and Kellogg.


Oregon Trail North & South of Mountain Home


Rattlesnake Station, Castlerock Road, Mining & Ghost Towns Northeast of Mountain Home


STATE CAPITOL BUILDING - on Jefferson Street between 6th and 8th streets:  Information: 3345-5174.


"The Statehouse is nearing its 100th birthday, and plans are afoot not just to dress it up but also to renovate the whole building in time for the cen­tennial bash in 2005.


The Statehouse was built in 1905, when the Idaho Legislature created a Capitol Building Board to begin construction of the state's Capi­tol and set aside $250,000 for the project.  Work actually began on the first floor of the building the next year, after officials worked out a deal to use sandstone quarried from Table Rock by Idaho inmates at what's now the Old Idaho Penitentiary.


Original plans called for a central section and dome, and construction was completed in 1912. In 1919, the Legislature authorized work to begin on the legislative wings.  The Capitol as it exists today was completed in 1920.


It cost $2 million to erect the building that is the seat of Idaho government.  The estimate for the renovation is between $35 million and $65 million.


The Capitol restoration is designed to fit in with a broader redesign of the Capitol Mall, which includes the major state office buildings and the old Ada County Courthouse.  It's possible that State Street, which runs dose to the Capitol's north side, could be turned into a pedestrian mall."  As reported by Ken Miller of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historical Site - 368-6080 - 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, off Warm Springs Avenue, Boise.  Information:  368-6080 - "This sandstone castle-like fortress housed "Over 13,000 prisoners did their time within the walls of the Old Idaho Penitentiary between 1870 and 1973. This territorial prison grew form its original single cellhouse into a complex of Old West Buildings surrounded by a high, hand-cut stone wall, complete with turrets and guard towers. The public can tour this National Register Historic Site. A walking tour and slide show help you interpret the history of Idaho's famous inmates, lawmen, escapes, riots and penal scandals.  Enter four of the remaining cellblocks, and reflect upon the nation's only exhibit displaying the unique art and expression of prison tattoos.  " & In Idaho Vacation Services. "Guided and self-guided tours take visitors through solitary confinement cells and the gallows area and acquaint them with fascinating tales, including one of a woman who killed multiple husbands by lacing her homemade pies with arsenic.  The Transporta­tion Museum museum on penitentiary grounds features some interest­ing pieces, including the gospel wagon and a sleigh that served as a hearse.  There's also a new display that opened in late 2000:  Historical wea­pons and military equipment ranging from a 3,5O0-year-old dagger to World War II guns."  As reported by Jennifer Taylor of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Old Union Pacific Railroad Depot in Nampa




As reported by Jennifer Taylor of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000:


"Chinese American Slop Sing didn't get invit­ed to the teas and country club affairs that rounded out the Custer social scene in the 1800s.  But he got the ultimate revenge in his own way.  He collected the town's garbage, fed it to his pigs and chickens, and then turned around and sold the pigs and chickens to Custer residents for their Sunday dinners.


Slop Sing is just one of the colorful ghosts of Idaho's past you may run across if you visit one of Idaho's ghost towns.  It's a pastime that's getting harder to do.  Some of the mining towns that once occupied flat bends along Idaho's rivers and niches in the backcountry have disintegrated under the weight of snow or in the flames of fires.




More than 1,000 people crowded into this narrow river valley that Indians called "the land of deep snows" after gold was discovered in the 1870's.  During the 1880s, the Custer stamp mill thun-dered 24 hours a day, crushing ore for miners to sift through.  Even more men kept busy clear cutting lodge pole pine from nearby hills to keep the furnace stoked to operate the mines.


But the town became a ghost town in 1910 after mines along the Yankee Fork Of the Salmon River played out.  The town's fortunes changed when the Idaho Parks and Recreation named Custer its centennial park in honor the state's Centennial in 1990.  Today, 40,000 vacationers visit each summer to tour a dozen weatherworn buildings that have been restored, marvel at the crude backpacks and century-old mining tools in the one room schoolhouse museum, wonder at the tragic ends met by residents of the nearby cemetery in Bonanza, and tour the gold dredge that munched its way through $1million worth of gold and silver on the Yankee Fork. 


To get there: Drive 13 miles east of Stanley on Idaho 75 and turn north at Sunbeam.


Boulder City


This relic from the past was Idaho's highest town during its heyday.  Nestled in a 10,000-foot bowl in the stark granite Boulder Moun­tains north of Ketchum, it's buried most of the year in a blanket of snow.  But, somehow, hardy pioneers lived in the basin year around, mining it even during win­ter, when the underground temperature re­mained fairly constant.  Historians estimate $1 million was taken out of the Boulder Basin, which provided the jaw-dropping scenic back­drop for Clint Eastwood's “Pale Rider.”  “Even if I don't strike it rich, just spending the summer in this country under such blue skies where the wind never blows, where the mountain goat and deer are your friends...

that's enough for me,” one miner wrote in Dorothy Povey's “Ghost MiningCamps.”


Today, you can see: Several scattered cabins, leaning every which way; tubing from a whiskey still; a rusty boiler in front of a tumbled mill building that staggers up a steep slope; and a rusted tramway stretching up the mountain to the old Sorenson mine shaft.  Met­al barrels transported men to the shaft and took ore to the creek. 


To get there: Drive 12½ miles north of Ketchum on Idaho 75.  Turn right onto the dirt Boulder Creek Road.  The road is accessible for four-wheel-drive vehicles, but it gets more rugged the farther you go.  It's recom-mended that you switch to hiking boots a half-mile past the trail register where you begin seeing re­mains of abandoned cabins and mine struc­tures.  It's about seven miles farther to the main mining area.




Those who venture to this living museum will find an interesting mix of buildings and ar­tifacts that whisper of the past without the tourist trappings of so many historic towns.  Placerville was founded in 1862 by an Irish-man who walked there from Placerville, Calif., the town's namesake, to seek his fortune in the wake of the gold rush to the Boise Basin.  The Union and Confederate soldiers who followed him raised the flagpole on the village green with three hearty cheers for Abraham Lincoln and sent the gold mined there to pay the Union's bills.


The town, which tallied 3,200 people by 1863, nearly became a ghost town during World War II as local mines closed for lack of machine parts.  Today, the town boasts about two dozen residents.  Placerville's Pioneer Cemetery, a mile west of town, is one of Idaho's most interesting bur­ial grounds, with grave sites corralled by wrought-iron fences ordered through Mont­gomery Ward and Sears catalogs.  Among the more unique plots:  An infant's tombstone lay­ing in a baby buggy fashioned out of wire.  Oth­er attractions include the 1904 Episcopal chapel, Robison's General Mercantile Store, the 1901 saloon, the City Hall built in 1862 as a butcher shop, the Magnolia Saloon (now a mu­seum housing artifacts) and the Boise Basin Mercantile, stocked with dutch ovens

and old-fashioned meat grinders as it might have been a hundred years ago.


To get there: Turn west on Grimes Creek (Forest Service Road 364) south of Idaho City on Idaho 21.  Turn west onto Forest Service road 307 at New Centerville and follow this to Placerville.


Idaho City


"The whole town is a living exhibit where people still live and work in buildings that are more than a century old.  Gold was discovered in the region in 1862, attracting so many miners that for a short time Idaho City was one of the biggest cities in the Northwest.   Don't miss the Pon Yam House and the Hop Lee placer mining claim, evidence of the im­portant role Chinese immigrants played in the area's development.  There are also a historical museum, pioneer cemetery and shops and restaurants along the covered boardwalks on Main Street."


"The queen of the gold-min­ing camps, 38 miles northeast of Boise, is hang­ing on even though its population of 350 does­n't come close to the 25,000 people that some say occupied the area during the 1860’s.  Though not a ghost town in the technical sense, it's a good place to get your fix of sourdough ghosts and have your prime rib and ice cream cone, too.  Visitors can walk the wooden plank board walks and visit century-old buildings, such as the Idaho Territorial Prison, the Chinese Pon Yam House (currently the site of an archaeological dig), and the Miner's Exchange Saloon, one of Idaho's oldest surviving buildings. Information:  392-4550.


To get there: Drive northeast of Boise on Ida­ho 21 for about 38 miles,” as reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24,2000.


Silver City


Don't call this a ghost town.  The homeown­ers who frequent this rustic burg during sum­mer months prefer to think of it as a historic mining town.  Perched 6,300 feet in the Owyhee Mountains south of Nampa, it's a town in a state of pictur­esque decay - a jumble of rickety buildings with rusty metal and peeling paint that evoke the past.  Touring its buildings is like stepping into a time machine.  In its heyday, Silver City was one of Idaho's premier cities, boasting more than 2,000 citi­zens and its share of shootouts, including an underground war that erupted when compet­ing miners discovered they were mining the same vein.  Today, you can tour the cemetery, visit the Masonic Lodge, which spans Jordan Creek, grab short orders in the Idaho Hotel and check out the museum in the 1892 schoolhouse.  Oh, and don't miss Long John, the town's two-sto­ry outhouse. 


To get there: drive south on Idaho 45 from Nampa to Idaho 78.  Turn off five miles east of Murphy onto the 23-mile unimproved road that leads to Silver



As reported by Jennifer Taylor of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.




Ice World - "Public ice skating sessions run daily for all levels of skaters and Hockey at the Boise Factory Outlets mall. Address: 7072 S Eisenman Road Boise, ID 83716.  Phone: 208-331-0044




After Lewis and Clark: Explorer Artists in the American West (12/8/00)


Artcom Museums Tour: Idaho


Basque Museum and Cultural Center - 343-2671


Boise Art Museum - 345-8330 - "Is a proud symbol of Idaho's commitment to the visual arts. The Museum features a wide range of nationally renowned exhibitions complementing its Permanent Collection. BAM's glass-enclosed Sculpture Court, which opens onto Julia Davis Park, highlights dynamic sculptural exhibitions. From hands-on art experiences and classes in the Albertson's Education Center to lectures, films, and docent-guided tours, Boise Art Museum has something for everyone. The Museum Store offers fine crafts, art books, folk art, jewelry, ceramics, stationery, and children's toys and more." & In Idaho Vacation Services.


Canyon County Historical Museum - 467-7611


Elmore County Museum Mountain Home


Idaho State Historical Museum - In Julia Davis Park, 610 Julia Davis Drive,

Boise. Information: 334-212O.


"Discover the fascinating history of Idaho and its people at the Idaho Historical Museum. Objects from the museum's collection tell the story of Idaho from prehistoric times through the days of fur trading, the gold rush and pioneer settlement. Richly detailed interiors show how Idahoans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries lived and conducted business. Interprets the rich and colorful history of the Basques in Idaho and their old-world origins." Exhibits include the 1864 Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga house at 607 Grove Street, the city's oldest building which was for many years a Basque boarding house." & In Idaho Vacation Services.  "Exhibits about the state's Indian, Basque and Chinese populations round out a memorable visit." & In Idaho Vacation Services.


Idaho Military History Museum  "Is dedicated to the military history of the state and to those who served in America's conflicts. The museum features displays of military firearms, Idaho naval history, the development of Gowen Field, the General Patch collection of WWI and the Idaho Army and Air National Guard. Extensive display of US Military uniforms from post-Civil War to the present." & In Idaho Vacation Services.


Idaho Museum of Mining & Geology - 368-9876 - "Historical photographs and artifacts from early Idaho mining days, as well as exhibits depicting our state's varied and spectacular geologic features. Extensive collection of gem and mineral specimens are displayed. Lecture series, field trips, and other educational programs are regularly offered. The gift shop includes gem and mineral specimens, related books and more." & In Idaho Vacation Services.


Metropolitan Museum of Art


Owyhee County Museum and library - 495-2319


For Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, Oregon, hour west of Boise on Interstate 84.  Information: 541-889-8191.


"A museum with a page devoted to the internment of Japanese-Americans dining World War II.  The museum uses mannequins, audio-visuals and artifacts to tell the stories of the cultures that settled the Treasure Valley.  Among them:  The Japanese-Americans, Basque sheepherders and Northern Pauites.  Take the Ontario business district exit and follow the signs to Cultural Museum." As reported by Jennifer Taylor of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Warhawk Air Museum - 454-2854




Shoshone Falls - "The so-called “Niagara of the West" near Twin Falls actually drops 52 feet farther than its New York counterpart.  During spring, the water dashes over pancake-shaped rocks.  In winter, the wind blows the mist rising up from the falls against the canyon walls, covering them in ice. In late summer, the falls slow to a trickle when farmers drain the river above for irrigation.


The get there:  Drive east from Boise on In­terstate 84 to Twin Falls.  Follow Falls Av­enue five miles east of Blue Lakes Boule­vard in Twin Falls and turn left at 3500 East." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Balanced Rock - "Look at it one-way and it resembles a mushroom cloud from a nuclear blast.  Look at it from another perspective and it looks like country crooner Lyle Loveff on a bad hair day.  It's the world-famous Balanced Rock, which balances on the edge of a bluff along the Salmon Falls Creek Canyon just northwest of Castleford.  One of nature's wonders, it's been fea­tured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not.  But it's probably never made it on your travel itin­erary. It's not really on the way to any-thing.  It is, however, a good excuse for a re­laxing Sunday outing from the Treasure Valley and a picturesque spot for a picnic."  As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


To get there: Take Interstate 84 east of Boise.  Turn off at the Bliss exit and follow the Thousand Springs Scenic Route east­ward along U.S. 30.  Or remain on Inter­state 84 until the BuhI exit.  Drive south from Buhl to Castleford, and then go 6 miles west on 2700 North Road.  The well-marked winding asphalt road leads you to the rock. As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


City of Rocks - "The twisted spires of granite that rise 60 stories above the vast Snake River plain at­tract rock jocks from all over the world.  You need not be a rock climber to enjoy this city 15 miles southeast of Oakley, though.  Camping sites are sprinlded throughout the city.  And so are trails for mountain bik­ing and hiking.  It's fun to wander through the winding corridors shaded by lodge pole and limber pine, mountain mahogany and juniper, trying to figure out what each rock resem­bles.   It’s a tradition that dates back at least 150-years.  A quarter million pioneers passed through here between 1840 and 1860, traveling the California Trail. 


To get there: Driver southeast out of Boise on Interstate 84 to Burley.  Turn off on Idaho 27 and follow this south past the quaint town of Oakley." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.




World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame


Major League Coverage of Independent and Minor League Sports


Bronco's is Boise's State University own


Baseball's Boise Hawks of the Northwest League - "Is the oldest and most successfull pro franchise in the area."  Mid-June-early September.
Address: 5600 Glenwood, Boise, ID 83714.


Hockey (A to Z)


West Coast Hockey League


Idaho Steelheads of the West Coast Hockey League. Mid-October to mid-April.


Idaho Girls' and Women's Ice Hockey Teams


Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Asso­ciation. Mid-December to mid-April.


Idaho Tennis


Idaho Sneakers of World Team Tennis - plays in the Bank of America Centre

Idaho Tennis Association


Les Bois Horse Racing Park - "Thoroughbred and quarterhorse racing 3 times per week and off season simulcast betting. Usually May-Au­gust.  Address: 5610 Glenwood, Boise, ID 83714.  Phone: 208-376-RACE.


Jockey Club


Optimist Football - 375-9965




BSU Pavilion - Is a 12,000 seat multi-purpose event center. Located on Boise State University campus, the Pavillion is host to the University's Women's Volleyball and Gymnastics teams in addition to men's and women's basketball. The center hosts the NCAA West Regional Men's Basketball Tournament on a regular basis. In addition, the facility has hosted ice shows, rodeos, truck pulls, conventions, and many concerts.


Idaho Center - The Idaho Center is one of the newest sports event facilities in the State. It hosts the Idaho Stampede of the CBA, the Snake River Stampede Professional Rodeo, the Idaho High School Basketball Championships, and many more concerts, tradeshow, livestock shows, and equestrian events. The Idaho Center seats 11,000 in fixed and retractable seating.


The Boise Centre on the Grove - This facility serves as Boise's primary Convention Center, but it has hosted Team USA Weightlifting events. In addition to 33,460 SF of display and meeting space, the Centre features a 322 fixed-seat auditorium.


Western Idaho Fairgrounds - The Fairgrounds facility contains Les Boise Horse Racetrack and the Expo Building. The track is home to live
thoroughbred racing from May to September each summer. The Expo Building is used for large trade and recreation shows. The Expo can seat 4,400.


Hawks Memorial Stadium - Memorial Stadium is the home field of the Boise Hawks (Single A) and a truly multi-purpose venue. The stadium seats 5000 baseball fanatics for games but can increase its seating for concerts and special events. The stadium has been used for summer concert series and as the home court for the Idaho Sneakers of World Team Tennis.




Bruneau Canyon


Bruneau Dunes State Park


Bruneau Idaho


Bruneau Sand Dunes - Standing taller than Egypt's Great pyramid.  Great place to fly a kite on the shift­ing sands.


Bruneau Sand Dunes Geology and Ecology


Bruneau Sand Dunes, Idaho, 2001 Photo


Southwestern Idaho's Top Attractions.




Snowmobiling at State Parks - "Including trail information, maps, rules and regulations, licensing requirements, and safety."




Bikes to Boards


Boise Greenbelt, parallels the Boise River from Glenwood Steet to Discovery Stale Park East of Luck Peak Dam.  Information:  384-4240.


This ribbon of green augmented by a bike path is unabashedly the community's crown jewel.  It cuts through the heart of the city's finest scenery and offers shade for bicycling.  The trail on the south side of the river west of Barber Park is dirt (no bicyclists, please) to protect the wildlife.  A new footbridge has been constructed on the Greenbelt, which enables pedestrians and bicyclists to get from the north side to the south side of the Boise River.  The bridge is off Park Center Boulevard, near the Albertson's corporate of­fices, and spans the river to a site close to the Natatorium and United Water.


"Tours of the Greenbelt "25 miles of riverfront pathway; open to the public year-round, features highlights of the city and its history. An experienced guide will take your group along the Boise River on a relaxing two-hour ride  (Seasonal). This tour is suitable for beginning to intermediate riders. Address: 2722 Sunset Ave., Boise, ID 83702.  Wheels R Fun offers rentals of bikes, skates and float tubes.  Address: 831 S. 13th St., Boise, ID 83702.  Phone: 208-343-8228.


“Fort Boise Park, at Reserve and Fort streets, features 9,000 square feet of dips, moguls and bowls.  Rhodes Park under the Connector on 14th Street.


Idaho Skating, Rollerblading and Skateboarding


Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association




Idaho Ski Links


Idaho Ski Resort Guides


Bogus Basin Ski Racing Alliance - "Has ski programs for kids ages 6 to 18.

"Great skiing, day or night. 76 runs - 7 chair lifts, Nordic skiing."

Address: 2405 Bogus Basin Rd. , Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-332-5151, or: 800-367-4397


Bogus Creek Outfitters - "Summer stagecoach & winter sleigh rides with chuck wagon meals and horse riding. Located at Bogus Basin Ski Resort.


Summer: June-September."  Winter: December-February


Bogus Basin Ski Area - "16 miles north of Boise on Bogus Basin Road north of Boise, has 2,600-acres of skiable terrain - 500 more than Sun Valley.  Bogus has snowboard and skiing classes for everyone - from 3-year-old Mogul Mouse skiers to Primetimners, skiers 50 years and older. The Frontier Point Nordic Lodge and Education Center series as a trailhead for cross-country and series as a mountain-area classroom.  It is open both summer and winter."


Brundage Mountain is near McCall - "102 miles from Boise on Idaho 55 north.  Take Idaho 55 north from McCall for 4 miles to the ski area turnoff.  It's about a 2 1/2-hour drive from Boise, depending on the weather. - Powder skiing.  Guided trips into the back-country on a cat ski, a wide-track vehicle with a posh cabin is available for adventure seekers can go for a half day full day or ovenight on their treck to find steep chutes and open bowls beyond the area serviced by ski lifts."


McCall, Cascade and Vicinity


McCall offers groomed cross-country skiing at Ponderosa State Park and Little Ski Hill.


Sun Valley/Ketchum - "150 miles east of Boise on I-84E to the second Mountain Home exit.  Take U.S. 20 past Fairfield near Twin Falls to the intersection of Idaho 75.  Travel north on Idaho 75.  Is the state's premier ski resort.  It was named the No.1 ski resort in the Unit­ed States in the October 1999 issue of Ski mag­azine. Cross-country ski trails streak like ore veins under the jagged Saw-tooth Mountains between Sun Valley and Galena Lodge north of Ketchum."


The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation also maintains a network of Ida­ho Park' N Ski trails in the slopes north of Idaho City.




Boise Family Downtown YMCA


Idaho Swimming


Your Idaho YMCA


Roaring Springs Water Park - "15-acre family water park with 16,000 sq.ft. wave pool; float tubing; 4-lane,350 ft. long racing slide, slides, waterfalls, kiddie pool and entertainment area.  Off Interstate 84 in Meridi­an - Endless River.


Splash Town - Swimming in 1.3 million gallons of water.


Swimmers Guide - Detail Listing Information Boise City Aquatic Center/West Family YMCA, Boise, Idaho, UNITED STATES




Idaho Theater Home Page


Ballet Idaho - Produces four full-scale productions of classical and

contemporary dance each season and tours extensively in the West

and around the nation.  208-343-0556


Boise Basque Museum and Cultural Center


Boise Blues Society 344-2583


Boise Jazz Collective


Boise Jazz Musicians


Boise Contemporary Theater - Located in the Fulton Street Theater complex, a renovated warehouse in the still ­forming cultural district downtown.  The 230-seat, Black Box Theater is the centerpiece of the center for contemporary arts offering rehears­al and performance space to a bevy of groups. 208-331-9224


Boise Culture & Entertainment


Boise Lit­tle Theatre - Drop in and try printmaking, mask making, creating a clay family or inventing some three dimensional musical instruments. 342-5104


Boise Master Chorale - 344-7901


Boise Philharmonic - Concerts are at the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts on Boise State University's campus. 208-344-7849.


Caldwell Fine Arts - Presents classical perform­ances at Albertson College of Idaho.  Each year they present Western Opera Theater.  Known as the  touring arm of the San Francisco Opera, hosting events such as the  Melbourne Dixieland Jazz Band October 2000 and Seattle Mime Theater in February 2001. 208-459-3405


Community Concert Association: 331-5015


Early Music Society - 426-1507


Harris Jazz Festival - Gene Harris Jaz Festival has presented Latin trumpet player Ar­turo Sandoval, a Grammy-winning artist.


Idaho Dance Theater - 208-331-9592


Idaho Shakespeare Festival - 323-9700.  Located at the Outdoor Am­phitheater along the Boise River east of the city.


Idaho Theater for Youth - 345-0060


Knock Em Dead Productions - 385-0021


Music Theatre of Idaho 


Nampa's Swayne Auditorium


New Heritage Theater


Opera Idaho -"Shakespeare compa­ny and contemporary theater - Symphony or­chestra, full-scale opera and classical ballet, national touring musical theater and the world-class Gene Harris Jazz Festival." 345-3531


Stage Coach Theater - 342-2000


Theater League of Idaho’s Broadway Nights series - 426-1110


Velma V. Morri­son Center for the Performing Arts




Steamboat Creek Outfitters - "Sleigh/wagon rides, trail rides, carriage rides, western style dinners and entertainment.  Address: 3746 Hwy 21, Boise, ID 83716.  Phone: 208-392-9999, or: 208-867-2262.




“Some of the best whitewater ratting in the world is in Boise's back yard - close enough that Treasure Valley residents can kick off their dress shoes at the end of the work day and splash through waves in their sandals a half hour later.  Indeed, Idaho boasts more than 3,100 miles of whitewater - the most of any state in the lower 48.  Those miles comprise a wide range of terrain and rapids.


Camas Creek, for instance, is a seven-mile technical stretch with splashy dips near Magic Reservoir that is sometimes runnable only in March and April.  The Snake River through Hells Canyon, by contrast, boasts bigger water than the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon most of the year.


Kayakers come from as far away as France and Germany to test their mettle in 20 Class IV and V rapids with foreboding names such as Taffy Puller on the North Fork of the Payette River, and to pit their wits against the monster hole and waves at the Pair-A-Dice rapid on the Snake River as it courses through Murtaugh Canyon near Twin Falls.  First-time rafters come to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River to bask in the warmth of the hot springs, champagne bubbles and Dutch oven lasagna offered by outfitters on one of the nation's longest stretches of wilderness rivers in the U.S.  One of the best ways for newcomers to the Treasure Valley to be introduced to Idaho's whitewater is via an outfitter-guided day trip on the Payette River just north of Boise.  The seven-mile stretch from Banks to Bee-hive Bend offers some relatively short, bouncy Class III rapids (on a scale of difficulty with VI being unrunnable).  Ditto for the nine-mile Cabarton stretch on the North Fork of the Payette, just south of Cascade.


Those who wish to up their thrill-and-spin quotient can do so on the South Fork of the Payette River, which screams through the long Class W Staircase Rapid east of Banks. The South Fork of the Payette offers several stretches of varying difficulty.  The first, a cold snowmelt stretch, begins near Grandjean and, thankfully, passes Kirkham Hot Springs on its way to the Deadwood River.  Rafters will find a stretch as turbulent as their washing machines, with a 40-foot Big Falls to boot, in the l0-mile Canyon stretch between Deadwood River and Danskin Station.  And the nine-mile Swirly Canyon between Danskin Station and the Alder Creek Bridge is a challenging mish­mash of swirling eddies created by tight canyon turns.  Few states offer more opportunities for mul­ti-day river trips than Idaho.


Get a jump on rafting in April and May on a trip through the Bruneau River Canyon, where rock walls rise straight up from the river.  Bounce through a lush fern-covered forest on the North Fork of the Clearwater River in June and July. Spend the dog days of August on the Main Salmon.  Watch the foliage turn red and gold on the Lower Salmon River during Sep­tember and October.  A word of warning, though. Some of the drives to Idaho's premier rivers can be classi­fied Class V shuttles.  But somehow minor details are all forgotten in the shadow of steep canyon walls that rarely allow the sun in.  Or a bewitching array of red rock walls with gar­goyles perched on every spire.


During certain times, the Middle Fork and Main Salmon rivers are closed to floating.  If you are floating other rivers in Idaho, do your cooking on gas stoves.   Don't use charcoal."  As reported by the staff of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Idaho Whitewater Incidents - 2000


Rafting Idaho's untamed Salmon River a ride into wildness - September 20, 2001, By ROBERT N. JENKINS, ST. PETERSBURG (FLA.) TIMES


Rivers Search


Rivers of the U.S. by state (wild and scenic).


Rivers in the U.S. for Float Trips of a Week or More - "Great destinations for canoe and kayak touring and tripping excursions (canoe camping top 40)."


Rivers (American Rivers) Search by Region - "The longest river is the Missouri, Mississippi Yukon, Rio Grande, and the St. Lawrence, which is to the north."


White water trips – “In Oregon, river rafting trips in Idaho, whitewater rafting in California, and river trips in Alaska!  Trips on the Salmon River, Rogue river, Klamath river, Umpqua river, McKenzie river, Clackamas river, Owyhee river, Copper river, and more are available.  From 1/2 day to ten day trips, perfect for families, friends, first time and veteran rafters alike (Destination Wilderness).”




Birds of Prey National Conservation Area - "Visit the home of the wild and soaring in the 482,000-acre Birds of Prey National Conserva­tion Area.  Unless you know where to look, it's better to go on an organized outing such as Snake River Birds of Prey Expeditions, which can take you floating below raptors' Cliffside condos.  Renowned Boise raptor expert Morley Nelson often accompanies these expeditions as narrator.  Reservations: 327-8903."


Boise River - "The Boise River basin behind the Crow Inn on Idaho 21 is a nesting area for bald eagles during winter.  You often can find several bald eagles perched on a tree at the base of Lucky Peak Dam during winter." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Centennial Marsh - "This normally quiet area off U.S. 20 south of Hill City is filled with “pill-will-willets” “woo woos” and other bird calls in May and June as waxwings, willets, sandhill cranes, loggerhead shrikes and other birds stop in on their annual migratory routes.  The marsh is on the Camas Prairie, named for the football, blue star-shaped camas flowers that carpet it each spring. 


To get there: Drive east on Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and turn northeast onto U.S. 20 heading toward Fairfield.  Reservation:  208-366-7919." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Kathryn Albertson Park - "You can see an amazing assortment of great blue heron, songbirds, coots, mallards and oth­er ducks in this downtown Boise Park.  The park is off Americana Boulevard across from Ann Morrison Park."


Lake Lowell - "This lake near Nampa is a haven for quail, osprey, waterfowl, pelicans, trumpeter swans, deer, coyotes and fox." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000. 


To get there: Turn off In­terstate 84 at exit 35 in Nampa and turn right.  At the next intersection, turn left and drive four miles.  Turn left on Lake Avenue and continue three miles to the base of the Upper Dam. Drive across the dam to the visitor center."


As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Points Ranch -"Elk have taken the place of cows in Clint and Eilene Evans' fields near the tiny hamlet of Garden Valley east of Banks.  The 75 elk here even have names - like Lightning, Standing Tall and Prairie Girl.  You also can watch Joe and Vickie Eld and Lyle and Kathy Points put out a buffet spread for about 100 wintering elk each winter on the Points Ranch near Donnel­ly, about 90 miles north of Boise on Idaho 55.  The public is invited to go along on elk feeding sleigh rides."  Reservations:  2O8-325-8876." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Sawtooth Hatchery - "The hatchery on the East Fork of the Salmon River south of Redfish Lake on Idaho 75 plays host to young chinook salmon for about 18 months from the time they hatch until they're ready to make their journey to the mouth of the Columbia River 900 miles away.  Chinook  can grow to nearly 5 feet and weigh more than 100 pounds, are the most highly prized of Pacific salmon." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Silver Creek Preserve


"Silver Creek, one of the last remaining ex­amples of a high desert cold spring ecosystem, harbors more than 150 species of birds, includ­ing bald and golden eagles, sandhill cranes and trumpeter swans, as well as mule deer, elk, coyote and an occasional mountain lion.


To get there:  Drive east from Mountain Home on U.S. 20 and follow it past the Idaho 75 turnoff for Sun Valley.  The preserve is a few miles farther, near Picabo."  As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Wood River Valley - "Wildlife lovers have their telescopes trained on mountain goats in the mountains along Ida­ho 75 north of Ketchum.  Occasionally, local goat enthusiast’s stage hikes to better view these majestic creatures.  For information, contact the Sawtooth National Recreation Area at 208-727-5000." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


World Center Birds of Prey - "Catch some of the world's greatest acrobatic eagles - African Bateleurs - at the center, six miles south of Interstate 84 on South Cole Road. Visitors from as far away as Japan and Australia come here to see live endangered birds in breeding situations, surrounded by ed­ucational displays.  Other birds include:  A Cali­fornia condor, the largest flighted bird in North America; a harpy eagle, which feeds on sloth’s and monkeys in the wild; Aplomado falcons; Swainson's hawks; golden eagles and more.  From February to May, you can watch the birds' off spring hatching via closed circuit TV." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.


Zoo Boise's - new 15,000-square-foot Small Animal Kingdom - Four environmental areas: The is­lands, desert, grasslands and rainforest.  Highlighting animals from these areas.


"Two 450-pound Amur tigers arrived in the year 2000.  The tigers were relocated and now live in a new 8,000-squar-foot exhibit and are believed to be two of only 800 Amurs still in the world.  They're fast-disappearing in their native Russia because of poaching, loss of habitat and lack of prey.  The zoo, in Julia Davis Park off Capitol Boulevard, also has a variety of primates, bald eagles and other birds, camels, exotic deer, moose and petting animals." As reported by Karen Bossick of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000.




Idaho State Parks and Recreation


Boise Parks and Recreation City Office - Boise City maintains 80 park sites covering 2,386 acres.  There, you will find tennis, softball, soccer and playground facilities in addition to six outdoor swimming pools and one indoor pool.




"Boise City maintains 80 park sites covering 2,386 acres.  There, you will find tennis, softball, soccer and playground facilities in addition to six outdoor swimming pools and one indoor pool.


Oregon Trail Historic Reserve park - "Is located in one of the coun­try's largest urban stretches of the original Ore­gon Trail and consist of 62-acres.  The park, which sits between Sur­prise Valley and Columbia Village off Idaho 21, features the Kelton Ramp, a 10-to 13-foot-wide path cut from solid rock in the mid-1860s to help pioneers get down the bluffs.  The $540,000 project cost resulted in parking areas, overlooks, two miles of trails, interpretive signs and restrooms at a cost of between $75,000 to $85,000."


Hyatt Hid­den Lakes Reserve - McMillan and Maple Grove roads.  "It will have paths and interpretive signs. Planning was completed but no date was set for construction as of September 24, 2000."


Ethridge Park site south of Fairview Av­enue and east of Milwaukee Street has a parking lot, which was added spring 2001. 


Playgrounds were added or renovated in 2000 at:


Camel's Back Park

Sunset Park

Cypress Park

Castle Hills Park

Hobble Creek Park

Charles F. McDevitt Youth Sports Complex - McMillan and Eagle roads has both playgrounds and ball field constructed in 2000.


Fort Boise Park on Fort and Re­serve streets - Offers Skateboarders there own area.  In the flood retention basin off Mountain Cove Road in 2000,  archers were able to utilize a new range."


Fort Boise Community Center 384-4486


Municipal Park - Received a sandbox Children in wheelchairs.


Optimist Youth Sports Complex - "For youth football and soccer players at Hill and Horseshoe Bend roads constructed in 2000, at a cost of $1 million."


Julia Davis Park - "Which will mark its l00th birthday in 2007, is Boise’s only regional park.  Develop­ment of a 163-acre site on old farm property be­tween Maple Grove and Cole Roads on the north side of the New York Canal is expected to one day become Boise's first new regional park in nearly a century.  Les Bois Soccer Inc., a non-profit group, in 2001 hoped to begin developing 79 acres."


Meridian City


Tully Park - Meridian's largest park (18-acre) opened September 1999.  The park contains softball fields, a playground for toddlers and another playground for older kids, a picnic shelter and a basketball court.


Pathway along Five-Mile Creek in 2000 was on drawing table as was:


6.7-acre-park on Chateau Drive that was given to the city.


Bear Creek subdivision south of interstate 84.


56-acres at Ustick and Meridian roads.


Eagle City


Ada County-Eagle Sports Complex, a four-acre skate park on a parcel along the old State Highway 55 and Floating Feather Road, was opened In the summer of 2000.  The skate park is the first phase of an 84-acre park that would include BMX biking, ball fields, an amphitheater and a dog area.


Other sum­mer of 2000 projects on the drawing table were a 21-acre parcel along the Boise River, which would have picnic and nature areas.  In conjunction with this, the city plans to build a Greenbelt pathway connecting Eagle State 15-land to Garden City greenbelt paths.


Eagle hopes to develop an 11-acre park site on Hill Road and Dickey Drive.


Nampa City


Nampa Parks and Recreation


Nampa Idaho Recreation


Stampede Park - Youth baseball, soccer complex and area for skateboarders on the old Snake River Stampede Rodeo grounds.


Skyview Park - 19-acres consisting of a softball four-plex near Skyview High School in south Nampa. 


Wilson Creek Park's playground opened in the summer of 2000.


The Nampa School District - In the summer of 2000, an eight-acre group of soccer, softball and practice foot­ball fields next to Nampa High School was opened.


Eastside Park, 22nd Avenue South, was scheduled to have grass seeded in the fall of 2000.


Caldwell City


Caldwell completed the 16-acre Ustick Park in the summer of 2000 - Consist of baseball and soccer fields, on Ustick and Oregon streets


As reported by Charles Etlinger of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000:


Treasure Valley Parks


Aldape Park

Ann Morrison Park

Baggley Park

Borah Park

Bowden Park

Camel's Back Park

Camel's Back Reserve

Capitol Park

Cassia Park

Castle Hills Park

Castle Hills Reserve

Centennial Park

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H.R. 6 - Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, One Hundred Third Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the twenty-fifth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-four - An Act To extend for five years the authorizations of appropriations for the programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and for certain other purposes.  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled."


The Boise School District is organized into four areas for administrative purposes. Though the regions are somewhat geographical in nature, the Timberline Area is host to the District's specialized programs, such as alternative schools and vocational programs.


Schools are listed according to an assigned administrative area. Students from some neighborhoods of an elementary or junior high school attendance area may attend a junior high school or high school, which is different from that shown on the map.


Boise High Area (North and East Boise)

Borah High Area (West and Southwest Boise)

Capital High Area (West and Northwest Boise)

Timberline (Southeast Boise)


Please contact the Boise School District Transportation Office at (208) 338-3661 for specific information regarding school attendance areas or visit our Boundary page: 


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Boise School District Transportation Office


"The Boise School District serves a 456 square mile area of Ada County, Idaho with 34 elementary schools, 8 junior high schools, and 5 high schools serving 27,000 students. With our top priority being the safety of these students, the Transportation and Boundaries Office supervises the operations of the school bus contractor, Durham School Services and the Adult School Crossing Guard contractor, United Security Systems. We also provide information to our patrons about school attendance area boundaries."


High schools The Heritage Foundation. IDAHO


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Boise High (10-12)

Borah High (10-12)

Capital High (10-12)

Timberline High (10-12)


Middle schools School Boundaries and Map


East Junior High (7-9)

Fairmont Junior High (7-9)

Hillside Junior High (7-9)

Les Bois Junior High (7-9)

North Junior High (7-9)

Riverglen Junior High (7-9)

South Junior High (7-9)


Elementary schools School Boundaries and Map


Adams Elementary (k-6)

Amity Elementary (k-6)

Cole Elementary (k-6)

Collister Elementary (k-6)

Cynthia Mann Elementary (k-6)

Franklin Elementary (k-6)

Garfield Elementary (k-6)

Hawthorne Elementary (k-6)

Highlands Elementary (k-6)

Hillcrest Elementary (k-6)

Horizon Elementary (K-6)

Jackson Elementary (K-6)

Jefferson Elementary (K-6)

Koelsch Elementary (k-6)

Liberty Elementary (k-6)

Longfellow Elementary (k-6)

Lowell Elementary (k-6)

Madison Elementary (k-6)

Maple Grove Elementary (k-6)

Mckinley Elementary (k-6)

Monroe Elementary (k-6)

Mountain View Elementary (k-6)

Owyhee Elementary (k-6)

Pierce Elementary (k-6)

Riverside Elementary (k-6)

Roosevelt Elementary (k-6)

Shadow Hills Elementary (K-6)

Trail Wind Elementary (k-6)

Valley View Elementary (K-6)

Washington Elementary (k-6)

White Pine Elementary (k-6)

Whitney Elementary (k-6)

Whittier Elementary (K-6)

William Howard Taft Elementary (k-6)


Alternative schools


Booth Memorial

Fort Boise site of Mountain Cove High

Mountain Cove High


Meridian School District High schools


Centennial High (9-12)

Eagle High (9-12)

Meridian High (9-12)


Middle Schools


Eagle Middle (6-8)

Lake Hazel Middle (6-8)

Lewis and Clark Middle (6-8)

Lowell Scott Middle (6-8)

Meridian Middle (6-8)


Elementary Schools


Cecil D. Andms Elementary (K-S)

Chapparal Elementary (K-S)

Chief Joseph Elementary (K-S)

Eagle Elementary (K-S)

Eagle Hills Elementary (K-S)

Eliza Hart Elementary (K-S)

Frontier Elementary (K-S)

Joplin Elementary (K-S)

Lake Hazel Elementary (K-S)

Linder Elementary (K-S)

McMillan Elementary (K-S)

Mary Mcphearson Elementary (K-S)

Meridian Elementary (K-S)

Peregrine Elementary (K-S)

Pioneer Elementary (K-S)

R;dgewood Elementary (K-S)

River Valley Elementary (K-S)

Seven Oaks Elementary (K-S)

Silver Sage Elementary (K-S)

Star Elementary (K-S)

Summerwind Elementary (K-S)

Ustick Elementary (K-S)


Alternative Schools


Crossroads Middle

Eagle Academy

Meridian Academy






Idaho - School Choice

"Treasure Valley residents have a variety of private schools from which to choose.  These schools include conservative Christian academies, Catholic schools and secular schools. Here is a the list of schools:"  School cost as of September 2000.


Boise Christian School


Address:  219 N. Roosevelt St. - Number of students: 70

Grades:  K-6 - Cost: $2,000

Phone:  208-342-4529


Bishop Kelly High School


Address:  7009 Franklin Road, Boise - Number of students: 700

Grades:  9-12

Cost:  $3,500, Catholic; $4,200 non-Catholic

Phone:  208-375-6010


Boise Valley Adventists School


Address:  925 N. Cloverdale Road - Number of students: 140

Grades:  K-8

Cost: $2,450

Phone:  208-376-7141


Caldwell Adventists Elementary School


Address:  2317 Wisconsin Ave., Caidwell - Number of students: 90

Grades:  K-8

Cost:  $2,200

Phone:  208-459-4313


Calvary Chapel Academy


Address: 5312 Overland Road - Number of students: 35

Grades:  K-8

Cost:  $2,220


Cole Valley Christian Schools


Grades: K-S

Cost: $967.50 for church members; $1,935 for non-members

Phone:  208-343-4690


Foothills School of Arts and Sciences


Address:  618 S. Eighth St. Number of students: 160

Grades:  K-9

Cost:  $5,195

Phone:  331-9260


Foundations Academy


Address:  202 E. 42nd St., Garden City, Number of students: 190

Cost:  $1,500-$2,800

Phone:  323-3888


Gem State Academy


Address: 16115 South Montana Ave., Caldwell

Cost:  $5,000

Phone: 459-1627


Grace Christian Academy


Address:  1415 West Lone Star Road, Nampa, Number of students: 50

Cost:  $1,350

Phone:  454-0849


Greenleaf Friends Academy


Address:  20565 Academy Road, Greenleaf - Number of students: 275

Cost:  $3,296

Phone:  459-6346


Good Shepherd School


Address:  5009 Cassia St., Boise - Number of students: 25

Grades:  K-5

Cost: $967.50 for church members; $1,935 for non-members

Phone:  208-343-4690


Maranatha Christian School


Address:  12000 Fairview - Number of students: 200

Grades:  K-12

Cost $2,695 to $3,095

Phone:  208-377-0423


Nampa Christian Schools


Address: 439 W. Orchard Ave. - Number of students: 700

Grades:  K-12

Cost:  $1 ,500-$2,900

Phone:  208-466-8451


RiverStone Community School (formerly Hidden Spring Community School)


Address: 5493 Warm Spring Ave. - Number of students: 110

Grades:  K-12

Cost: $5,900 to $7,600

Phone:  208-424-5000


Rose Hill Montessori School


Address: 4603 Albion St., Boise - Number of students: 70

Grades:  k-6

Cost: $4,050

Phone:  208-385-7674


Sheridan Academy


Address:  1273 Shoreline Drive - Number of students: 25

Grades:  K-12

Cost: $4,000


St. Joseph’s Elementary School


Address:  825 W. Fort St., Boise - Number of students: 286

Cost $2,600.00

Phone 208-342-4909


St Mary’s Elementary School


Address:  2612 W. State St., Boise – Number of students: 240

Cost $1,925, parish students; $2,700 non-parish students    

Phone 208-342-7611


St Mark’s Elementary School


Address:  7053 Northview St., Boise – Number of students: 265

Cost:  $2,016, parish students; $2,750 non-parish students

Phone:  208-375-6654 

St. Paul’s Elementary School


Address:  1515 Eighth St. South, Nampa – Number of Students: 260

Cost:  $1,650, parish students; $2,100 non-parish students

Phone: 467-3601


Sacred Heart Elementary School


Number of students: 228

Cost:  $1,695 for parish students; $2,145 for non-parish students

Phone: 344-9738


Teen Challenge Academy Christian Alternative School


Address:  11826 Fairview Ave., Boise

Grades:  10-18 years of age

Cost:  $3,600, a year round school

Phone:  208-375-4636


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