Land Adventures: Idaho’s 83,642 Square Mile Playground

With more than 37 million acres of public land, four major wilderness areas, two national recreation areas, and more rivers and lakes than you can shake a stick at, you’ll be drawn to play in Idaho’s great outdoors. The scenic splendor and vast open spaces of Idaho are easily accessible for diverse outdoor activities. Public land management agencies maintain campgrounds and trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. There are places to rock climb, ride ATVs and fish. Idaho’s public land often borders private land; some landowners allow access while others do not, and their land is posted as private. Ask for permission first before entering or crossing private land.

Campgrounds and Cabins

To fully enjoy the ambiance of Idaho’s outdoors, consider staying in an RV park, campground, or yurt. Idaho abounds in well-kept and inexpensive campgrounds in spectacular settings. Private campgrounds usually have all the amenities and public campgrounds range from primitive and undeveloped to well-equipped. Many have tent and RV spaces, drinking water, boat ramps, trails, picnic tables, and fireplaces. Whether public or private, many are likely to have lake or river access for fishing and boating. For More Info visit

Wildlife Watching

The diverse landscape of Idaho provides a rich array of habitats for numerous species of mammals and birds. Idaho is part of the national Watchable Wildlife Program. Look for signs along highways pointing to designated wildlife viewing areas. Check out for the 94 best and most accessible wildlife viewing sites in the state.

State Parks

Idaho’s state parks are located at some of the most scenic and wonderful natural settings in the state - at sites of historic significance or prime recreation areas near rivers and lakes. Whether it’s boating, camping, Nordic skiing or learning a bit of history, you and your family can play in a safe, clean environment.

Jewels of the Gem State

Over half of the state parks allow overnight camping and have very good facilities for both tent and RV use. Several parks have snack bars and grocery stores and many have group facilities with lodges, cabins, and kitchens to make your retreat, reunion, or other special event extraordinary. Interpretive centers will enhance your visit immensely - you’ll fi nd knowledgeable rangers ready to provide a hands-on experience about a park’s features. Certain parks are described in the regional sections of this publication. Learn more or view photos at