This summer, grab your family and head out on an adventure. Idaho’s wilderness is easily accessible and open to explorers of all ages. So grab your map and circle these six spots to add a wild side to your family vacation.

1. Hike To Elephant’s Perch

This 1,200-foot tall peak near Stanley is a bucket-list hike for all levels of adventurer. Head up to Redfish Lake, take the boat shuttle across the water (saving you an extra 5-ish mile hike) and then work your way over log bridges and along hidden lakes to the base of this stone goliath for out-of-this-world views.

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2. Wander Through the City of Rocks

Thirty-five miles south of Burley, gigantic boulders pepper the desert landscape like the remnants of a meteor shower at the City of Rocks National Reserve. Explore skyscraping granite spires, run your hands over 2.5-billion-year old stones and walk along the still visible wagon ruts of those who emigrated West more than 200 years ago.

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3. Paddle at Thousand Springs State Park

Natural springs are abundant in Southern Idaho and countless waterfalls burst from the canyon walls. Thousand Springs State Park is divided into several areas that each offer a different kind of adventure. Relax on Ritter Island, horseback ride at Billingsley Creek, fish at Crystal Springs, and hike awesomely close to the chasm’s edge at the Malad Gorge.

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4. Raft the Lower Salmon Canyon

The Salmon River is the ultimate whitewater playground. Jump aboard a guided raft trip on these world-renowned waters to enjoy a world-class ride and epic river beaches. From daring to family-friendly, you’ll find a river adventure option for everyone in the family.

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5. Bike and Hike at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Prepare for an out-of-this-world experience! Explore endless lava fields, hike spatter cones, and journey through lava tubes at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. This unique landscape will make your whole family feel like they’re in a galaxy far, far away.

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6. Run Wild at an Idaho Guest Ranch

Let your adventurous spirit run wild. Take the kids to experience first-rate western hospitality in Idaho’s untamed wilderness with an all-inclusive guest ranch experience. Enjoy adventures like horseback riding, fishing, zip lining, yoga, kayaking, and swimming.

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Published on March 15, 2017