For those who like to feel a rush of excitement on their vacations, Idaho offers thrilling activities in stunning settings that will get pulses racing. Add some heart- pumping action to your itinerary with these outdoor pursuits.

Two people on a kayakWhitewater Rafting & Kayaking

Idaho is home to the most navigable miles of whitewater in the lower 48,  making it a list-topper for avid rapid riders. Splash your way through a one-of-a-kind wilderness trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, or discover wild-water exhilaration in Hells Canyon or on the Lochsa, Selway, South Fork of the Payette and several other rivers.

Rock Climbing

You can thank Idaho’s geological history for its jagged landscapes that provide a playground for all types of rock climbing. The aptly named City of Rocks National Reserve is home to thousands of granite spires-and 600-plus routes-that rise like skyscrapers across the southeastern Idaho desert. Other must-climb destinations include Elephant’s Perch, Castle Rocks State Park, Q’emiln Park and Chimney Rock.

BASE Jumping

Base jumping over a riverParachute-toting thrill-seekers travel from all over the world to Twin Falls’ I.B. Perrine Bridge to experience the rush of leaping, free-falling and then floating to the Snake River Canyon floor. Take a tandem leap with a trained professional or enjoy the action as a spectator from the safety of the canyon rim.

Cat & Heli-Skiing

For those who find conquering black diamond runs a tad too familiar, it’s
time to explore Idaho’s renowned backcountry on a guided cat or heli-skiing
trip, where you’ll descend thousands of vertical feet as you navigate
waist-deep pow, alpine cirque bowls, powder fields, chutes, glades and
covered tree runs.

Mountain Biking

Someone mountain biking with a camera on their helmetWith thousands of miles of singletrack around the state-and an impressive portion of that being lift served, downhill trails-you’ll find invigorating rides wherever you go. Silver Mountain Resort claims North America’s longest single-stage gondola, providing access to nearly 40 trails ranging from gravity fed and flowy singletrack to technical terrain and hand-tuned jump lines across 3,400 feet of descent. Other can’t-miss rides can be found at Brundage Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Resort, Schweitzer, Tamarack Resort, the Ridge to Rivers Trail System and many other areas.

Zip Lining

Someone zip-liningNothing compares to the thrill of wind in your face as you soar over forest canopies, creeks, canyons and valleys at speeds up to 55 mph. Zip lining in Idaho offers some of the best vantage points for experiencing the state’s raw beauty as you zoom from platform to platform. Embark on a high-speed tour with several outfitters peppered across the state.

ATV Recreation & Motorsports

Throttle-happy adventurers will find all kinds of designated off-road territory in Idaho to get their motor running. St. Anthony Sand Dunes rise to 400 feet above the valley floor, creating a wonderland for dune buggy fun. Discover other open spaces to rev your engine.


Winter’s wildest event doubles as the perfect spectator sport. Imagine a galloping horse (or a dog sled or an ATV, depending on the event) pulling a skier at a fast clip through an obstacle course of jumps and gates, while sometimes collecting rings, for the fastest time-that’s skijoring! You can
witness this unique, intense activity at competitions around the state, like the Wood River Extreme Skijoring event in Bellevue or the Extreme SkiJor competition in Wallace.

Adventures In the State Parks

Yankee Fork State Park

Land of the Yankee Fork State Park has several historical sites to explore including the ghost towns of Custer, Bayhorse and Bonanza and the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge. Gear up for adventure as hiking, mountain biking, ATVing, and wildlife viewing are all available here. All Idaho State Parks are ADA
friendly and support service and companion animals.

Someone rock climbingCastle Rocks State Park

With rock formations dating back 2.5 million years, Castle Rocks State Park attracts rock climbers from around the world. In addition to rock climbing, experience superb hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. In the winter, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing are available

Bear Lake State Park

Often referred to as the “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its turquoise blue water, Bear Lake is 20 miles long and is shared by Idaho and Utah. It is close to the Cache National Forest and Minnetonka Cave as well as the National Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier, Idaho. Families can camp, sail, scuba dive, water ski and swim from public beaches and lakeside campgrounds.

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