Photos are provided courtesy of Idaho Tourism.
Southwestern Idaho is a study in contrasts with vast expanses of high desert and deep canyons, to the most populated area of the state—Treasure Valley. The Snake River Birds of Prey Natural Area, near Kuna, has the largest concentration of nesting raptors in North America.
In this area, desert gives way to mountains, crystal clear rivers, pastoral agricultural valleys and great forests. Boise, Idaho's capital city, is one of a few places where you can ski in the morning, play golf or tennis in the afternoon, and attend ballet, opera or live theater at night. Bisecting the city is the Boise River, a favorite of anglers, with its 25 mile-long Greenbelt bike and pedestrian path and several stately, tree-lined parks.
The high country of Southwestern Idaho cradles idyllic Long Valley, nearly fifty miles of pasture land, forests and quaint towns including McCall and Cascade. One of the largest diamonds ever found in the United States, nearly 20 carats, was discovered near McCall, Idaho. Skiing, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, camping, hiking…you name it, you can do it all.
Southeast of Boise you’ll find Bruneau Dunes State Park and Observatory with 470 foot high sand dunes. Anderson Ranch and C.J. Strike Reservoirs are a short distance from the capital, where fishing and boating opportunities abound.