by Kevin Hughes
on Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 10:34am.
There are truly no parks like the parks in Idaho. Nowhere else will you find the majestic, magnificent beauty of the West tempered with the lush greenery of the North, where you can take in the crisp, clean mountain air, go on a hike or take a bike ride in the most breathtakingly beautiful area of the US you’ll ever see. When you purchase your Idaho home and begin to explore the new state where you’ve put down roots, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.
The parks in Idaho are gorgeous to say the least. There are more than can be listed in just one place, and you’ll want to explore them all eventually. Here are just a few to whet your appetite.
BarberPark - The Boise River is a popular site for summer floating by inner tube, raft, kayak and canoe. Barber Park is the starting point for some 100,000 summer river rafters. The park offers picnic areas, parking, natural areas and concessions for your enjoyment. Wildlife observation points are located in the natural areas. The best time of day for wildlife viewing is in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Beaver, gray fox and muskrat are also present but rarely spotted, so keep your cameras ready!
BearLakeState Park - Bear Lake State Park is located in a high mountain valley in the extreme southeast corner of Idaho. Standing at 5,900 feet in elevation, the park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities all throughout the year. Bear Lake itself is 20 miles long and 8 miles wide – Idaho and Utah share it equally. The lake is a haven for water sports lovers, attracting boaters, water skiers, and beach buffs from all over the country. Swimmers will enjoy a two-mile-long beach on the north end of the lake, plus a 1-1/2 mile beach on the east side. The gradual slope of the lake bottom provides a huge area for swimming. Ramps are available for boaters and water skiers who want to enjoy the water, too. Anglers can try for a native cutthroat or lake trout in the summer. In the winter, they can come back with buckets and nets to catch a Bonneville cisco, a fish that is exclusive to this part of the world.
CastleRocksState Park - Castle Rocks, nestled in Big Cove, at the base of the 10,339-foot Cache Peak, offers diverse recreational opportunities in a magnificent setting. It is a place where solitude, natural beauty, and ranching heritage combine to enrich your experience. The park is located two miles northwest of the village of Almo in southern Cassia County, Idaho. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR), Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service, manage the Castle Rocks area in partnership. Visitors to the park with a penchant for history might see remnants of the ranch that was first homesteaded in 1888. The irrigation ditches and pasture are still in use today. Efforts are underway to convert the 1912 brick house into a Bed & Breakfast, which will open in May 2011. Castle Rocks is a special place where time stands still.
CelebrationPark - Celebration Park was established as Idaho's only archaeological park in 1989. It is located on the Snake River at the western boundary of the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. This area was a wintering ground for Paiute Indians along the Snake River. Travelers worldwide have come to enjoy the high desert flora, scenic land features, and unique Indian art which dates all the way back to some 12,000 years ago. Take a self-guided tour or stop in at the visitor center - guided tours are available by reservation. Your visit to Celebration Park will leave you refreshed and having learned some new things about Idaho’s heritage.
Whether you're simply looking to play a casual game of Ultimate Frisbee or check out the historical sites of Idaho the parks in Idaho have a lot to offer- and they're everywhere! You can literally live in Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Eagle, Couerd'alene, Pocatello, or Burley and still find gorgeous parks close by. Find your Idaho home close to your favorite park in Idaho: Today's New Listings in Idaho!