Things to Do in Boise: Day Trips
Idaho City is one fampous mining camp that has refused to die and instead has prospered into the thriving community that it is today. During its early years it was knows Bannock City or West Bannock to differentiate between Bannock, Montana, since at that time both towns were in Idaho Territory. In 1863, Idaho City had a propulation of six thousand and was being seriously considered for the territorial capital. It lost out, however, and in 1864 the territorial capital was moved to Boise City from Lewiston. With the printing of The Boise News in 1863, Idaho City could at least boast it had a newspaper a year earlier than Boise. The Boise News was later changed to The Idaho World.
The immediate area around Idaho City has been extensively placer mined and dredge tailings for miles along Mores Creek. Even the buildings in town were raised up on piulings so the ground underneath could be mined.
Location: North of Boise off Hwy 21, about 40 minutes
Silver City, Idaho is one of the few old mining towns that did not burn down or become commercialized into a modern city. Visiting Silver City is like going back into history. The Idaho Hotel is as it was 100 years ago with a few modern amenities. Sinker Creek Outfitters will provide you with a historic ride back into history on horse back exploring the Owyhee Mountains, Silver City, Empire City, Ruby City and more.
Location: South towards Melba, cross Snake River, headed to Grand View and south again into the Owyee Mountains. About a 2 hour drive.
Bruneau Sand Dunes
The tallest sand dune rises 470 feet above small lakes in the high desert south of Mountain Home. The state park includes desert, dune, prairie, lake and marsh habitat with opportunities to observe nocturnal species. Activities include fishing, birdwatching, camping, hiking, swimming and viewing the stars at one of only two public observatories in Idaho. Feel free to climb but no vehicles are allowed off-road or on the dunes. A visitor center offers information on birds of prey, insects, fossils, wildlife and the sand dunes. A variety of gift items are available for purchase, and we also rent sand boards. Two cabins are available for rent, and there are 82 serviced campsites with W/E and 31 standard sites. The Equestrian Area provides facilities for visitors to camp with their horses and there is a 9-mile riding trail around the park.
A great resort town just 45 minutes from Boise. Enjoy golf, horseback riding, ATV trails and much more. In the summer watch a great play at Starlight Mountain Theater or any any of the local hot springs. Stay the weekend, there are many vacation homes to rent. Travel to mountains peaking at 7,000 ft! But the day is not over- whitewater rafting or kayacking is also available.