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Explore the Parks and Recreation Opportunities in Idaho

Idaho is home to 28 state parks and seven national parks. No matter where your vacation takes you, there is an abundance of natural beauty for you to explore, including:

Hells Gate State Park

Enjoy an outdoor romp in Idaho. Hells Gate State Park is considered the gateway to Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in America and "Lewis and Clark country." Located south of Moscow, the park is a popular fishing, boating, jet-skiing and waterskiing destination on the Snake River. Boating allows for some of the best views of the gorge..

Bring along your hiking boots for a nice trek along one of the park's trails and be on the lookout for the Native American petroglyphs along the way. Visit the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center and view the educational displays and informative movie, to learn more about the area's history.

Winter Fun at the Gateway to Hells Canyon
Looking to escape the snow during your winter break in Idaho? Pay a visit to Hells Gate State Park – 960 acres of Gem State playground open throughout the year to winter travelers looking to play outside without getting a head cold.

A fixture of Lewis & Clark Country and a gateway to the famed Hells Canyon, Hells Gate State Park allows you and your family to hike, bike and horseback ride, even in the dead of winter.

Set in northern Idaho 40 miles south of Moscow and just west of Orofino, this state park is about to become your new favorite spot in the Gem State.

Get your camera ready and check out Hells Canyon – the deepest canyon on the continent – and bundle up for a jet boat trip into the canyon with Snake River Adventures or Beamer's Hells Canyon Tours.

Break out the fishing poles for some winter fishing in Hells Gate State Park – ideal for reeling in steelhead from the Snake River, Salmon River, and Clearwater River.

History buffs need pay a quick visit to the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center, or take the tine to explore the Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage & Education Center.

Bruneau Dunes State Park

Idaho is a premier outdoor recreation destination. Bruneau Dunes State Park is an exceptional park filled with sand dunes, prairie, desert landscape and small lakes.

This southern Idaho treasure is a wonderful place for those who love spending time outside.

Travel south of Mountain Home to see the 470-foot-tall sand dune and have fun trekking up the dunes or hiking along the park's trail. While at the park, stop by the Visitor Center to learn more about the sand dunes, wildlife and fossils.

Visit the park at night and enjoy a wonderful look at the sky, through the telescopes at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory.

Stop by the Nature Store and let the kids check out the selection of puzzles, kites, games and books. You may also find a Idaho souvenir you can't part with.

Eagle Island State Park

Plan for outdoor escapades in Idaho. Eagle Island State Park encompasses 545 acres north of Meridian in southern Idaho. This beautiful state park is a wonderful place to spend time outdoors. Enjoy walking or biking along the five miles of trails or saddle up on horseback, for a lovely day in the park.

Bring along a picnic lunch for a break in the picnic area or take a break and relax on the beach. The waterslide is a popular summer attraction in the park for the kids, while the adults have fun playing the nine-hole disc golf course, horseshoes or volleyball. Fishing in the Boise River is always fun.

Ponderosa State Park

Outdoor fun in Idaho awaits. Ponderosa State Park is located near McCall in southeast Idaho. This beautiful 1,000-acre park sits along Payette Lake at an elevation of 5,050 feet. Schedule plenty of time for a fun day in the park. Bring your mountain bike for biking on the wooded trails or lace up your hiking shoes for a great hike.

Partake in a guided tour of the park or visit the park at night to take part in one of the campfire programs. Enjoy an afternoon with your toes in the sand at the beach in the North Beach area and have fun swimming in the lake. Winter-time Nordic skiing or snowshoeing on the groomed trails, is also a great way to spend time outdoors.

Be sure to bring your binoculars to look for the songbirds, Canadian Geese, osprey, bald eagles and wood ducks. Moose, bear, muskrats and beaver also live in the park.

Saint Anthony Sand Dunes

Visit Idaho for an outdoor excursion. Saint Anthony Sand Dunes encompass over 11,000 acres of beautiful, white quartz sand northwest of Idaho Falls. Winds from the Snake River and Teton River carried the sand to this area, leaving the dunes behind. The dunes can reach up to 400 feet high, moving approximately eight feet each year.

Bring your ATV, off-road vehicle or dirt bike for a romp over the sand. Riders from the west coast love the soft sandy dunes practicing jumps and duning. For those with a horse, the dunes are also great for horse-back riding. Explore and enjoy the Saint Anthony Sand Dunes to make your Idaho stay an enjoyable one.