Jeeping , ATVing or Side by Side recreational vehicles… whatever your motorized toy of choice, make sure you get out into the beauty of central Idaho by taking to the area trails and glimpsing some of the most beautiful landscapes in the west.
Trail adventures provide a fun and mind freeing activity for the entire family, where you don’t have to think about work, school, projects or other stressful issues. Getting out into nature, following the trails responsibly and safely can really stimulate a feeling of happiness and peacefulness. Viewing the many colorful wildflowers, the small chipmunks and animals, birds, the summer berries and general beauty and freshness of the outdoors can provide an amazing shift in moods and positive sentiment.
Taking the jeep through the snowy trails in lower elevations February through May or even June is a fun activity. However, my favorite time of year is when summer is in full swing, the sun is warm and temps reflect comfortable shorts weather.
June through mid to late September are the perfect months for trail adventures. Bring a picnic lunch, with fresh fruit, sandwiches, snacks, cookies and plenty of water, and perhaps even a chain saw, just in case you run across a fallen tree to remove from the trail. Your binoculars will come in handy for wildlife sightings.
Always leave a trip plan either emailed to a friend or family member, or written on a note on your kitchen counter. This will help to identify the area of your destination should you run into problems such as a flat tire or motor issues, and someone needs to track your whereabouts. While a cell phone is helpful, you’ll find more often than not on remote trails, you won’t find a cell signal. So always leave word with someone as to what direction or trail you’re heading for.
Central Idaho and Idaho county is FULL of great trails both for vehicles and that are wide enough for ATV’s only.
We’ve provided a list of many of our favorite trails, linked to a 3DMap through Google Earth, to help you select from some of the best trails in the region:
(links coming soon).