Enjoy & Learn in the Outdoors
Fun Adventures on BLM Lands
Cress Creek Nature Trail
Along the scenic South Fork of the Snake River, the 1¼-mile Cress Creek Nature Trail presents life in the area as it is now and as it was long ago.
Hulls Gulch National Recreation Trail
Hulls Gulch is a quiet escape from the city below (Boise) and a place to learn about the unique natural history of the Boise Foothills and surrounding valley.
Stand in the same spot where Captain Benjamin Bonneville and his expedition party overlooked the valley he named Les Bois, site of the city that today bears the same name — Boise.
Menan Butte Trail
The twin Menan Buttes are two of the world’s largest tuff cones - volcanoes that form when basaltic magma boils up through ground water. The trail to the summit of the North Butte offers exceptional opportunities to explore the unique geology and natural history of this area.
Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail
The 3.3-mile trail was part of the first BLM recreation site developed in Idaho. Construction began in 1963. In 1982, the trail was designed as a National Recreation Trail and offers an invigorating hike and beautiful views of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Hell's Half Acre Lava Trail System
The Hell's Half Acre Lava Trail crosses the Snake River Plain desert through the rough terrain and contorted landscapes created by multiple lava flows. The Hell's Half Acre flow is the most recent in eastern Idaho, having erupted about 4,100 years ago.
Established in 1989, Celebration Park is Idaho's only archaeological park. While you’re here, explore this area’s high desert flora and discover the rock-face petroglyphs of Native Americans and early settlers from over 12,000 years ago. It is managed by Canyon County Parks and Recreation.
Foothills Learning Center
Science comes alive for students and other visitors to the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center. Operated by the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department, the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center focuses on education and information about the Boise foothills and the surrounding high-desert environment. It is a place for learning by direct experience with the outdoors.
Ridge to Rivers Trail System
The Boise Foothills rise above Idaho's Capitol and largest city, providing a postcard backdrop that inspires and soothes the soul. An interconnected network of over 130 miles of roads and trails courses through these hills, linking not only neighborhoods with public lands but also connecting people with the natural environment.