Boise National Forest Guide

The wonders that await visitors to the 2.2-million-acre Boise National Forest are amazing. Situated near Boise, ID, the forest sits at an elevation between 2,800 feet and 9,730 feet. Though trees cover 70% of the forest, the streams that run through those trees include 9,600 miles of fun. Lakes and reservoirs cover 15,600 acres of the forest, leaving plenty of room for the 70 campgrounds inside its boundaries along with numerous towns and hamlets where campers can refresh their supplies. Dispersed camping, or boondocking, is encouraged by the U.S. Forest Service that cares for the forest as long as the visitors leave no trace behind. With its proximity to Boise, ID, the forest serves as an educational laboratory for the sciences at several schools, including Boise State University.

Where to Camp

Camping in Boise National Forest

Camping at Boise National Forest is practically tailor-made for an RV. You can quickly move from one camp to another easily in an RV, and the U.S. Forest Service encourages the use of RVs for dry camping or boondocking. It is simple to find an RV to rent through RVshare.

RV Rentals Near Boise National Forest

Shape Hiking Trails

Boise National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Boise National Forest

Waterways run down clefts dug into the hillsides over centuries of runoff, making hiking a wonderful experience that climbs hills, delves into deep valleys, and wanders through the cover of large trees. An astute observer can view the forest through many elevations as a series of environments that crash and collide to form a unique combination where flora and fauna find sustenance. Hiking, biking, or horseback riding the trails allows people to observe nature in its proper form, and geocaching is popular in the more than 2 million acres of Boise National Forest.

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How to get to Boise National Forest

Address: 1249 South Vinnell Way, Suite 200, Boise, ID 83709

Fee: Entry fee $3.0

Make the most of an RV trip by visiting Boise National Forest. The vast territory that the park inhabits is so varied that your experiences are memories waiting to happen. Using an RV found at RVshare brings you the best opportunity to experience many parts of the forest in one visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Boise National Forest

Is there a limit to how long you can camp in Boise National Forest?

Yes, there is a limit to how long you can camp in Boise National Forest. The limit for dispersed camping is 14 days within a 28-day period. Developed campgrounds have their own limits on camping, and campers need to check with each campground on their policy.

Is Boise National Forest open all year round?

Yes, Boise National Forest is open year-round. There may be certain areas that are inaccessible during winter, however.

What is the best time to visit Boise National Forest?

The best time to visit Boise National Forest is in late spring or summer. The weather is warm for hiking and other outdoor activities. Spring is a better option for avoiding crowds, but the weather is also more unpredictable.

What is the closest town to Boise National Forest?

Boise is one of the closest towns to the Boise National Forest. Idaho's capital city has plenty of things to do, places to eat, and stores where campers can restock.

Can you kayak, canoe, or raft in Boise National Forest?

Yes, you can kayak, canoe, and raft in Boise National Forest. The forest is home to 7,600 miles of streams and rivers and over 250 lakes and reservoirs so there are plenty of water activities available.