Idaho has so much to offer at any given time of year and especially during the fall and winter months. In these different and ever-changing times of COVID, it is more important than ever to do things that bring us joy (and exercise!) while at the same time keeping a safe social distance from other people. This is why camping and outdoor recreation is more important and more popular than it has ever been! Whether you’re a first timer or a rugged outdoor veteran, now is the time to choose your own adventure in the beauty and safety of Idaho’s vast breathtaking wilderness. We’ve put together a quick list of some of the very best outdoor adventures you can do this year either by yourself or with the whole family. Enjoy!
Did you know that there is an extremely nice and quiet campground just 45 minutes outside of Boise? The Grayback Gulch Campground is just south of Idaho City (also really nice) and offers about 15 individual spots for overnight camping. So, in the time it takes you to fight traffic to get to Caldwell, you could be in the fresh mountain air setting up a tent and breaking out the marshmallows next to a cozy fire. You can reserve online and spots start at just $18 per night.
So, if you want to hit that sweet spot between rugged camping and outlandish glamping then a yurt is the way to go. What is a yurt, you ask? Well, the ones we’re talking about are fairly large cabin-like structures that typically can sleep 8 people comfortably and have a central wood fired stove. A yurt is a solid step up from a tent but less robust than a cabin. They are really fun if you want to bring the family or share with friends. Idaho is home to dozens of yurt rentals that start at just $120 per night. Check availability and reservations here.
The Craters of the Moon National Monument was famously called "the strangest 75 square miles on the North American Continent" by an early explorer, and they were not kidding. Here you can hike, camp, explore, and take pictures of the out of this world landscape. There are caves, trails, and even a large visitor’s center where you can learn more about the history and composition of this massive place. You really have to see it to believe it! More information here.
For a bunch of fun that is a little closer by, why not try Linder Farms? They have lots of great family friendly activities for the fall and all while successfully social distancing. You can pick pumpkins in their pumpkin patch or go on a family hayride in a horse drawn buggy. They also offer a hay bale maze for the kids and a large and fun corn maze for adults. More information and ticketing available here.