by Kevin Hughes
on Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 at 10:13am.
Living in Idaho is considered a real privilege seeing that it's one of America’s top destinations for outdoor fun and sports. With its dry climate, diverse landscape, ample waterways, and congenial atmosphere, almost every community has something to offer. Listed in no particular order below are what Idahoans consider their ten most popular outdoor activities:
Skiing & Snowboarding Idaho provides skiers and snowboarders with some of the best skiing around. Ski at North America's first world-class ski resort, Sun Valley, or carve your way down groomed runs at Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, Silver Mountain Resort, or one of the many other resorts available. Hiking Idaho is a hiker’s paradise with 25 state parks, 10 national forests, and over 19,000 miles of trails in expansive terrain like Sawtooth Wilderness, the Idaho Centennial Trail, and much more.
Fishing Anglers thrive in Idaho’s numerous and diverse fishing streams, including 10 world-class blue-ribbon trout streams. In the mountains, more than 1,500 lakes offer excellent fishing, while Idaho’s large natural lakes and reservoirs contain abundant warm and cold-water species such as trout, bass, walleye, and pike.
Golf Despite its modest size, Idaho contains 126 golf courses, many of them of championship caliber designed by golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Here are the top five Idaho golf destinations: 1. Boise 2. Coeur d' Alene 3. Idaho Falls 4. Meridian 5. Nampa
Boating Idaho gives boaters over 16,000 miles of rivers and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to “float your boat.” Here are just a few of the premiere boating destinations:
American Falls Reservoir
Coeur d' Alene Lake
Dworshak Dam & Reservoir
Lucky Peak Reservoir
Whitewater Rafting Tourists from around the world flock to Idaho’s whitewater outfitters to experience the thrills of a lifetime as they raft through churning waves on the Snake River through Hells Canyon, down the Clark Fork River's Alberton Gorge, and shoot the rapids of the Salmon River.
Kayaking Most of Idaho’s streams, rivers and lakes can be navigated in a kayak, and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is known as one of the great kayaking destinations in the world!
Snowmobiling Idaho is a haven for snow machine riders and racers with over 7,200 miles of trails and millions of acres of open riding on Federal, State, and private land. With more than 47,500 snowmobiles registered in the state, Idaho ranks as a top sledding destination.
Horseback Riding Ranches and outfitters abound where riders can saddle up and explore the same mountain trails as Lewis and Clark, or traverse the famous Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, 1.3 million acres of protected land in the north-central part of the state.
Camping Idaho features literally hundreds of back country and campgrounds and RV parks.