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Winter Wonder Awaits

Unique winter adventures can be found in every corner of Idaho. Wherever you’re coming from, snow-packed fun and bluebird skies will make your getaway a special one.

A Beginner's Guide to Winter Activities in Idaho

Idaho is a winter wonderland overflowing with outdoor activities. Maybe it’s your first trip to Idaho or your first foray into Idaho’s winter terrain. Either way, this guide is sure to deliver first-rate activities and destinations that shouldn’t be missed, no matter how you choose to enjoy winter in Idaho.

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Banner Ridge Trails, Idaho City

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5 Idaho Mountain Resorts with Something for Both Skiers & Non-Skiers

What makes a well-rounded winter vacation? How about when the itinerary includes a little something for everyone. Whether you’re planning a family trip or looking for things to do with friends this winter, Idaho ski areas know how to put smiles on the faces of the skiers, snowboarders, and non‑skiers alike.

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Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg

Unbelievable Idaho Winter Experiences

Picturesque. That’s one way to describe the winter landscape in Idaho. From the bubbling riverside hot springs and serene snowshoe trails to the star-filled night sky, unbelievable views are scattered all across the state just waiting for you. Here are just a few amazing Idaho locations to inspire your winter travels.

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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, Boise

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Idaho is nicknamed “The Gem State” for the abu Idaho is nicknamed “The Gem State” for the abundance of rare minerals that have been found in all corners of the state. For those who really know their trivia, you might also know that the state gem is the Star Garnet. Although the garnet itself is rare, Idaho is one of only two places in the world (the other is in India) where the star garnet can be found, making this particular variety exceptionally special.⁠
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The “star” formation is created by diffracted light hitting trace minerals within the stone. The stone must be cut a very specific way for this to be revealed, but when it happens you will find a brilliant pattern that has an almost 3D effect when you move it around in the light.⁠
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The Emerald Creek Garnet Area near St. Maries in northern Idaho, offers rockhounds the chance to dig up their own star garnet. A permit to dig costs $10 per day and allows you to keep up to five pounds of stones. Kids 6-12 are only $5, and kids under 6 are free; meaning that the whole family can enjoy this memorable activity.⁠
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Enjoy a magnificent 60-foot waterfall at Jump Creek. The fall flows from Sands Basin and the surrounding canyon boasts vibrant rock walls that rise hundreds of feet above the canyon floor. This hike is a day-use only site, making it the perfect “warm-up” trip for summer adventures. The trailhead features several fire rings and has several picnic spots.⁠
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This short hike is great for a picnic and cooling off in the natural pools.⁠
1/2 mile round trip with no fees.⁠
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Day use only - open sunrise to sunset.⁠
Poison ivy grows along some portions of the trail and creek.
"My first night in Idaho is a memory that will for "My first night in Idaho is a memory that will forever burn bright in my mind. I followed a few friends up a national forest road at golden hour, and I was just as mesmerized by the magically-lit dust kicked up from our tires as I was by the craggy mountains around us. We found a campsite nestled in a patch of pine trees, and as we ate dinner by the fire, the Sawtooth Range glowed purple under the last light of the day. Idaho hadn’t been on my radar before that trip, but after one sunset I was hooked. Every summer since then I’ve backpacked in the Sawtooth National Forest, and I always spend a few weeks car camping and staying in rustic cabins everywhere from Buhl to Salmon. I constantly travel for work and I’ve been all over the world, but when I want a true vacation, Idaho is my go-to destination for relaxation, solitude and stunning scenery."⁠
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Hiking To Box Lake. ⁠ ⁠ In July, the 3-mile st Hiking To Box Lake. ⁠
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In July, the 3-mile strenuous trek to Box Lake is one of the best wildflower hikes near McCall. A potpourri of flowers including lupine, penstemon, sego lily, columbine, scarlet gilia, Indian paintbrush, lousewort and beargrass bloom into a rainbow of colors. The trail wanders in and out of the forest, past granite outcroppings and across beautiful meadows as it ascends beside Black Lee Creek. The cobalt blue Box Lake is nearly a mile long and is one of the largest mountain lakes in the area and offers good camping possibilities along its south and north side.⁠
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Out-and-back distance is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,200 feet.⁠
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Getting There: From Davis Avenue near Ponderosa State Park, turn right onto Lick Creek Road. Follow Lick Creek Road for 14.1 miles (the road turns to a dirt surface at 6.5 miles) to the signed trailhead on the west side of the road.⁠
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How are you enjoying this weekend? Let us know bel How are you enjoying this weekend? Let us know below. 👇⁠
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However, you spend this weekend. We hope you're safe, happy, and healthy. Happy Friday!⁠
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The Perrine Bridge spans the majestic Snake River The Perrine Bridge spans the majestic Snake River Canyon on the northern edge of Twin Falls. The bridge is 1,500 feet long and offers pedestrian walkways with views of the river, lakes, and waterfalls. BASE jumpers can enjoy the Perrine Bridge year-round as the launching point for parachuting to the canyon floor below.⁠
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To the east of the bridge, along the south rim of the canyon, the dirt ramp used by Evel Knievel when he unsuccessfully attempted to jump the canyon on his steam-powered "skycycle" in 1974 is still visible.