Despite COVID-19, many recreational opportunities exist in Idaho’s outdoor areas.
Residents are encouraged to enjoy a walk, a hike or a ride but must adhere to best health practices to prevent virus transmission, including staying at least 6-feet away from others and avoiding groups of people who are not immediate family members or housemates.
Residents must recreate responsibly, keeping travel to a minimum and staying as close to home as practical. Those who want to recreate outdoors should consider carefully before traveling outside of their home county. Residents are advised to be self-sufficient, bringing all of the food, beverages and other supplies they need with them, to minimize contact with the community around any destination.
Here are places to go – and places where you can’t:
Idaho Agencies and Lands
- Parks and Recreation (state parks open for day use, closed for camping and most lodging until May 30): https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/use-parks-stay-safe
- Fish & Game (hunting and fishing seasons unaffected with Wildlife Management Areas open; hatcheries, shooting ranges and some department functions closed or limited): https://idfg.idaho.gov/covid19
- Fish and Game Wildlife Management Areas are open to hunters and others with the recommended distancing guidelines and no large groups. Hatcheries and our two public shooting ranges are closed to the public until further notice.
- Historical Society public sites closed until May 22: https://history.idaho.gov/hours-and-locations/
- Idaho Department of Lands (recreation areas generally open): https://www.idl.idaho.gov/about-us/recreating-on-endowment-lands/
- Ridge to Rivers Trail System – Boise/Ada County (trails open but trailhead restrooms closed): https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/covid-19-update
Federal Agencies and Lands
- Bureau of Land Management (open but with reduced services): https://www.blm.gov/alert/blm-idaho-covid-19-information
- National Park Service:
- Craters of the Moon (Closed until further notice): https://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
- City of Rocks National Reserve (open for day use): https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/city-rocks-national-reserve
- Hagerman Fossil Beds open but no visitor services
- Minidoka open but with no visitor services
- National Forests:
- Forests remain open with some closures in place at campgrounds, parking areas for snowmobiles and hot springs: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/boise/news-events
- Map with updated information: https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d0588d7e48ee430da80c5ad88c48b43d
- Idaho Power will reopen some boat ramps and day use areas on Friday but campgrounds and some other facilities remain closed: https://www.idahopower.com/community-recreation/recreation/about-parks-and-campgrounds/open-recreation-sites/
- A number of private campgrounds remain open. List of camping options – be sure to call ahead to know if the destination is open.