Welcome to Idaho, lets take a look...
Idaho boasts 22 state parks,15 national forests, over 16,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 2,000 reservoirs and natural lakes. The northern third of Idaho has the greatest concentration of lakes in the West.
But wait, there's more...
The deepest gorge in the United States - - yes, deeper than the Grand Canyon can be found here along with over 3,000 miles of whitewater - - more than any other state except Alaska.
Idaho also has the largest and the best of natures offerings...
Idaho's remote wilderness has the greatest percentage of land than any other state in the lower 48,
the longest river within a stateís borders and the tallest sand dunes on the continent. Enjoy a waterfall larger than Niagara Falls!
And the hotspots get even better...
The world-renowned ski resort of Sun Valley is located in the heart of Idaho. The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Park where astronauts trained for their moon walk are an experience for everyone. Idaho is also rich with Indian heritage. Five tribes call Idaho home and work hard to keep their native traditions alive. If you time your visit right, you can take in one of many pow-wows held throughout the summer - - and even dance in one if you like. After a day of adventuring, an abundance of natural hot springs in which to soak can be found in all around the state.
And nature gives us even more...
Idaho's rich mining history (in the mid-1800ís Idaho produced more silver than any other state) and its legacy of ghost towns located throughout the state will bring any adventurer a day of fun. Maybe you will be lucky enough to stumble upon one of Idaho's many fossil beds where remains of prehistoric life were discovered. And while you are digging, why not take your chances with the wide variety of gem stones such as the beautiful star garnet.
Are you ready to visit Idaho?
These adventures should include something to interest every member of your family or group. Not only does Idaho offer all these opportunities to enjoy nature at its best; but, itís all quite accessible - - unlike most states which have allowed their natural resources to be commercialized or to be privately owned and, therefore, inaccessible to the public. Idahoís beauty and bounty is for everyone to enjoy, not just a privileged few. And, grassroots conservation groups
are working hard to keep it that way.
For additional information about the state as a whole, contact the:
Idaho Department of Commerce
Idaho Travel Council
Boise, Idaho 83720-0093
(Ask for the Official Travel Guide)