Welcome to Boise, Idaho – the City of Trees and home to the Boise State Broncos!
Boise, the capital of Idaho and its largest city with a population of over 200,000, sits at the base of a mountain range on the Boise River. Boise – Les Bois or “the trees”-was named by French trappers in the 1800′s when they came into the Boise River valley.
The elevation of Boise is 2,842 feet above sea level and is considered “high desert” with temperatures ranging from an average range of 22 – 36 degrees in January to 58 to 90 degrees in July. The Boise valley receives an average of 12 inches of precipitation per year. Boise’s climate has four definite seasons but rarely receives snow. However, snow in the mountains surrounding the valley provide numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
The Boise School District offers outstanding schools which serve over 25,000 students and employs 3,900 people including 1,700 certified staff. Their purpose statement – Educating Today for a Better Tomorrow – speaks to the district’s commitment to provide a quality education to all of its students.
Boise offers outdoor enthusiasts many opportunities. For bikers, hikers, and skaters, the Boise greenbelt, miles of paved pathways along the river’s edge, provides glimpses of the beautiful scenery and wildlife in the area. In addition, miles of paths in the foothills north of Boise are another avenue for bikers and hikers.
“Floating the River” is another activity for summer-time enjoyment. Barber Park, east of Boise, is the place where those seeking to escape the summer heat can launch on the Boise River for an afternoon of water refreshment. Bring your own raft or inner-tube or rent them there. Nothing better than the cool of the river on a hot summer day!
Fishing – both fly and rod – are available in the area. The Boise River and Lucky Peak are two water areas that can provide trout in addition to other types of fishing opportunities. Lucky Peak also has water skiing and swimming facilities.
Boise has an extensive park system to provide year-round enjoyment. The three main city parks include: Kathryn Albertson Park, a walk-through park that offers beautiful landscape and plenty of wildlife; Julia Davis Park, home of the Boise Art Museum, Historical Museum and Boise Zoo; and Ann Morrison Park, home to soccer fields, playground equipment and picnicking areas.
Boise has several golf courses in the area – both private and public. Boise is also home to the Albertson’s Boise Open, a PGA sponsored golf tournament in September of each year.
Boise also offers numerous opportunities for winter fun. Bogus Basin Ski Resort, about 30 minutes north of Boise, provide snow skiing – both cross country and downhill. Other nearby ski areas include Sun Valley Resort, Tamarack Resort and Brundage Mountain. Numerous trails for snowmobiling are within a short commute from Boise.
If sporting events are your passion, Boise provides many options. Boise State University, a member of the Mountain West Confernece (subject to change without notice), provides sports enthusiasts with football, basketball, track, soccer, golf, and other sporting events. Other sports opportunities include the Boise Burn for indoor football, Idaho Steelheads for hockey, Idaho Stampede for basketball and the Boise Hawks for baseball.