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101 Things to Do in Idaho

The Outdoor Idaho crew came up with a list of 101 things to do in Idaho.


Travel the Thorofare between Priest Lake and Upper Priest Lake
Snowmobile to the top of the Selkirks for a view of Priest Lake
Catch a rainbow trout in Lake Pend Oreille
Ski Schweitzer Mountain, to catch the view of Lake Pend Oreille
Descend into an Idaho silver mine in the Silver Valley
Visit the brothel museum in Wallace
Tour the Cataldo Mission, the oldest building in Idaho
Ride Kellogg’s gondola to the top of Silver Mountain
Camp at Farragut State Park and visit the World War 2 museum
Photograph bald eagles at Lake Coeur d’Alene in the winter
Bike the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes
Find your own huckleberry patch
Dig for garnets near Clarkia
Drive the Magruder Corridor, the dirt road between two wilderness areas
Bike through the Taft Tunnel on the Hiawatha Trail
Travel the Lolo Trail, in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark
Visit the Cedar Grove on Moscow Mountain
Visit the monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood
Enjoy a field of camas in the spring
Photograph a canola field in bloom in May
Walk on the Nee Me Poo National Historic Trail
View the Palouse from Paradise Ridge or Moscow Mountain


Hike into a mountain lake
Take a multi day raft trip on the Middle Fork or the Main Salmon River
Catch a steelhead or salmon, one of Idaho’s ocean-going fish
Cross country ski or snowshoe into a yurt
Journey to the top of Lemhi Pass, where Lewis & Clark first entered Idaho
Catch a view of Castle Peak in the White Clouds
Climb Chicken Out Ridge on the way to the top of Mt. Borah
Jet boat to Kirkwood Ranch in Hells Canyon
Stay overnight in one of Idaho’s wilderness areas
Attend the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Ketchum in the fall
Soak in one of Idaho’s natural hot springs
Attend the McCall Winter Carnival in January
Spend some time in a forest fire lookout
Fly into an airstrip in the Selway-Bitterroot or Frank Church Wilderness
Bugle in an elk during the rut in September
Pan for gold in an Idaho mountain stream
Hear a wolf howl in the backcountry
Ride to the top of 10,000’ Ramshorn in Land of the Yankee Fork State Park
Take a winter sleigh ride to feed the elk outside Donnelly
Tour the fish hatchery outside of Stanley
Visit the Yellowpine Harmonica Festival in August
Visit Buckskin Bill’s place on the Salmon River, now a museum
Ski at Sun Valley or one of the home-grown ski hills in the state
View a Mountain goat in the wild
Go snow kiting on the Camas Prairie
Collect morel mushrooms in the spring
Enjoy the scent of syringa growing wild
Match the hatch at Silver Creek
Hunt for antler sheds in your favorite forest
Go skijoring or telemark skiing or cat skiing in central Idaho
Take a wildflower safari into the Sawtooth Mountains
Hike to Loon Lake and find the B-23 “Dragon Bomber”
Visit Burgdorf hotsprings
Tour an Idaho ghost town, like Warren or Bayhorse or Silver City
Hike to the headwaters of the Salmon River below Galena summit
Take a fall drive along the Salmon River
Hike part of the official Centennial Trail
Take the shuttle across Redfish Lake or canoe Stanley Lake


View Upper Mesa Falls on the Henrys Fork
Visit Harriman State Park and fish at Millionaires Pool
Tour the Johnny Sack cabin at Big Springs
Hike to the top of a volcano in Craters of the Moon National Monument
Check out the geyser at Soda Springs
Attend the Teton Valley Balloon rally
Climb in the City of Rocks
Trace the path of the Bonneville flood
Soak in Lava Hot Springs
Swim in the sparkling waters of Bear Lake
Tour the Paris tabernacle
Ride a sand rail at St. Anthony sand dunes
Bike the old railroad trail up by Mesa Falls
Take a glider ride over the Tetons
Read the names on Register Rock at Massacre Rocks State Park
Go to the Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival
Visit a national wildlife refuge
Visit the National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier
Fish Henry’s Lake on opening day


Climb a sand dune at Bruneau Dunes State Park
Picnic at Shoshone Falls in the spring of a good water year
Pose for a photo at Balanced Rock
Attend the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest in Weiser in June
Visit a small-town museum, like the Owyhee County or Boise
Basin museum
Ride the Thunder Mountain Rail Line along the Payette River
Tour the Shoshone Indian Ice Caves
Hike Black Magic Canyon in the winter
Sip wine at one of Idaho’s many wineries
Watch someone BASE jump off the Perrine Bridge
Scuba dive or snorkel in Blue Heart Springs or one of the other
Thousand Springs pools
Raft or hike into one of the desert rivers, the Owyhee or the Bruneau
Visit the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National
Conservation Area
Attend a small town rodeo
Drive the Mudflat Road in Owyhee County
Float the Boise River in an inner tube
Walk through a field of melon rocks along the Snake River
Crawl inside one of Idaho’s lava tubes
Go on a Christmas Bird Count
Bike the Weiser trail
Study the pictographs along the Snake River
Visit the World Center for Birds of Prey