by Kevin Hughes
on Saturday, July 9th, 2011 at 2:34pm.
Many Idaho homes bump up against thirteen National Forests, creating not only natural beauty to admire, but numerous activities for anybody to enjoy. With the most open wilderness in the Continental United States, there are numerous opportunities for exercise, fun and adventure.
- salmon, trout and bass - elk, bear, mountain goats - wildflowers - eagles, ducks, geese, quail, turkeys and falcons - fir, pine and spruce trees
Some Idaho property owners are fortunate to live on the edge of the Boise National Forest. Its elevation ranges from about 2,600 feet to nearly 9,900 feet. This forest is nearly three million acres in size and boasts huge stands of fir, spruce and pine forests. There are numerous big game species like mule deer and elk. The Salmon River and its tributaries are home to native and well as introduced salmon and trout.
Sun Valley, only 95 miles from Boise, is one of the most famous ski areas in the world. It has hosted the Olympic games and is home to many celebrities and sports heroes. No matter the level of skill, Sun Valley and its world-class facilities will not disappoint even the most jaded downhill skier, Nordic skier, snowboarder or snowmobile driver.
The outdoorsman will find no lack of activities in Idaho's National Forests. Its campgrounds offer many options. There are hundreds of different areas that have full amenities, including toilets and showers. For those inclined to less formal accommodations, the camper will find dispersed, informal camping areas, as well.
Trekkers and hikers have thousands of miles of hiking trails to choose from. Well-maintained and well-marked, the trails are variously designed for hiking, horseback riding and biking.
When investigating Idaho for a new home, the prospective buyer will want to be aware of the gorgeous lakes and rivers in the area that support water sports. Waterskiing, kayaking, rafting, boating and sailing are just a few of activities that you will find virtually at your doorstep.
Idaho is known for its big game hunting. Professional outfitters offer various controlled hunts for different budgets and experience levels in addition to the large number of private hunts that occur. The professional hunts offer the hunter a choice of riding a horse or leading a pack mule. He or she even has the option of taking a helicopter in to the hunting area. Most hunting trips include tent camps, three hearty meals a day, showers and good conversation!
The Idaho property owner has access to over 1,500 rivers and streams in the National Forests of Idaho which are perfect for trout, bass and pike fishing. Friendly and monitored by Fish and Game, there are particular areas where the fishing season is year-round and the catch limits are modified. The majority of Idaho's fishing waters are open and free to the public.