Sep. 1, 2015

Bringing World-Class Skateboarding to Boise

If four wheels on a skateboard are more of your thing, then there is good news for you in Boise. A Boise city park is set to be reborn as a premier Northwest skateboarding destination. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation has announced a partnership with the Boise Skateboard Association to turn the city’s Rhodes Park, located adjacent to Boise’s downtown, into a skater’s mecca. The plans, developed in conjunction with the City of Boise, include more than an acre of covered concrete skateable terrain. Designed by world-renowned Grindline Skateparks, the park will provide a place for Boise skaters of all ages and skating abilities to skate, socialize and relax.

Aug. 10, 2016

Experiencing Idaho’s Great Outdoors Through A New Lens

You can now explore Southern Idaho and the many adventures it has to offer through a virtual lens.

Idaho Tourism launched videos that allow people to feel like they are right there. A new virtual reality video series has been in the works for about six months and Idaho Tourism just unveiled the videos last week.

Idaho is on the forefront of utilizing virtual reality to give people an opportunity they may have never had before- and see for themselves how great the Gem State is.

The first installment of videos includes: Rafting the Payette, a Snake River Canyon Experience- paddle boarding to Shoshone Falls, zip-lining in the Snake River Canyon, and BASE jumping; Boise Summer Experience - floating the Boise River, Zoo Boise, Capital City Public Market, biking the Greenbelt, and boating at Lucky Peak; North Fork 

360-degree virtual tours of Idaho are an immersive experience that excites users.

The Gem State is home to expansive mountains, pristine lakes, whitewater rivers and endless miles of trails. Idaho Tourism, an office within Idaho Department of Commerce, wanted to showcase all of that by using virtually reality - or VR- putting people in the center of the action.

"When they were showing the rafting you can almost feel the water as it hits you," one Boisean said after watching the Payette Rafting video.

Mar. 17, 2016

Unidentified Flying Objects at Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin Ski Instructors with LED Suits

Bogus Basins very own ski instructors donned LED light suits in an order to showcase the 23 inches of new snow received over the past week. 

Jan. 29, 2016

Boise Foothills: A Backyard, Not Just A Backdrop

by Erin McClure

My first introduction to the Boise Foothills was when my husband and I drove into the city the day it became our new home. We had visited twice before, but I hadn’t remembered seeing the hills. At least not the way they looked that day.

“What are those mountains?” I’d asked.  It was a clear, chilly day in mid-March with few clouds and lots of bright blue sky (quite common weather year-round, I later learned). The hills were mostly gold except where looming clouds scattered them with purple shadows. Coming from Georgia, I was thrilled to see snow dusting their peaks. My husband told me they were the Foothills. I admired how they seemed to protectively encircle the Capitol building, creating a stunning portrait of Boise that was hard to turn away from. “I can’t believe we live here,” I said. 

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Mar. 27, 2015

Forbes Travel: 5 Things We Love About Idaho

If you’re an Instagram user, it would be in your best interest to follow @visitidaho. The state’s official travel resource posts some amazing images of everything from its 50-mile Snake River Canyon to its powder-filled terrain. But in the event that “liking” a photo or two feels more like a tease, planning a trip to the 14th largest state in the union (with a population of 1.6 million) should be your next move.

During our most recent whirlwind tour, we visited the capital city of Boise and also spent some time in Central Idaho’s small town of McCall. Here are our top five must-do activities in the northwestern sector of the United States — don’t forget your iPhone.

Aug. 11, 2016

‘Because I Can’: Cyclist Kristin Armstrong Wins Third Gold Medal At Age 42

Cyclist Kristin Armstrong has a regular job and a son. And as of today, she also has three Olympic gold medals. After becoming the only cyclist — male or female — to win three consecutive golds in the same discipline, Armstrong, who turns 43 Thursday, said she hopes to inspire other moms.

After calling this victory at Rio's Summer Olympics "the most gratifying" of her three individual championships, Armstrong urged other female athletes not to let negative ideas seep into their minds about what they're capable of.

She said: "I think that for so long we've been told that we should be finished at a certain age. And I think that there's a lot of athletes out there that are actually showing that that's not true.

"For all the moms out there, I hope that this was a very inspiring day."

She then discussed the importance of balance in her life as a world-beating athlete: "Working at a great hospital in Boise, Idaho, and being a mom has been my secret weapon. It provides me balance and it keeps me on track and it keeps me super focused."

Mar. 1, 2015

Built in Boise: Glide Standup Paddle Boards

Photo by Built in Boise: Mike Kerby

Boisean Jeff Banks — a banker by day — and his partner turned passion into a business that’s making waves. For the full story on the start and growth of Glide Standup Paddle Boards, check out their Built in Boise story

Sep. 29, 2015

25 Best Things to Do in Boise, Idaho

The capital of Idaho, Boise is home to beautiful parks, great museums and unique attractions. Take in scenic views from the Boise River Greenbelt, admire contemporary art at Boise Art Museum and visit the vibrant Capital City Public Market. Kids can learn about science and nature at Discovery Center of Idaho, Zoo Boise, the Aquarium of Boise and the World Center for Birds of Prey. The surrounding area offers fun activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Dec. 20, 2016

X Games Launches Boise Park Qualifier in 2017


As part of the Road to X Games content series, X Games will host the world’s top athletes in a Park Qualifier event on June 10, 2017 as they compete to secure their invitation to X Games Minneapolis. Streamed live from Rhodes Skatepark in Boise, Idaho, the Park Qualifier will feature three disciplines – Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Park and BMX Park. In addition to the live stream, fans can catch the Boise Park Qualifier coverage on ABC as part of the World of X Games content on June 17, as well as coverage across X Games digital and social platforms.
In each of the disciplines, the top three medalists from X Games Austin 2016 will pre-qualify for the Minneapolis event. The top six athletes in each discipline at the Boise Park Qualifier will also receive their invites to Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Jan. 14, 2016

Treefort Music Fest Announces Second Wave of Artists

by Treefort Music Fest

Boise, Idaho's Treefort Music Fest (March 23-27) is thrilled to announce its second wave of artists, which includes Built to Spill, Nosaj Thing, Thundercat, Pictureplane, Christopher Willits, and more. The full list of acts to perform at this year's festival can be found at, and be on the lookout for the third and final artist announcement next month!

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Jun. 22, 2016

Adaptive Camp Lets Kids in Wheelchairs Be Athletes

Summer camp is a rite of passage for many kids. But not everyone gets the chance to go, especially children with disabilities.

Two women in Boise are making sure that kids in wheelchairs get that summer camp experience.

Emily Kovarik and Christine Walsh run the Idaho Youth Adaptive Sports Camp at Fort Boise Community Center.

The camp gives participants, ages 6 to 19, the chance to try their hand at a variety of sports, including swimming, canoeing, fishing, tennis, basketball, archery, and rugby.

"It exposes the kids to a sport that they sometimes don't ever really get to try," said Spencer Heslop, a former camper, who is now coach at the camp. "You also get to learn a lot about yourself."

Jul. 20, 2015

Roaring Springs Water Park Ranked Best in the U.S.

Roaring Springs Water Park in Meridian has been ranked one of the top water parks in the nation. The 18-acre park, described as “a big water park with great thrill slides,” came in at number 8 on Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Water Parks in the U.S.

Oct. 20, 2015

Caldwell through the Lenses of College of Idaho Students

When students at The College of Idaho look through their lenses at Caldwell, they focus on peaceful patio dining, friendly local business owners, rolling vineyards and one-of-a-kind historic details.

And being college students, they post those photos on social media with hashtags describing the scene.

In Marilyn Melchiorre’s marketing communication class at C of I, students are putting their social media skills to use in a marketing campaign for the city of Caldwell called “Tagged.” They’re working in pairs to take 10 photos of the city including one vineyard and one local business to show people what Caldwell has to offer.

Apr. 17, 2015

Meridian Hosts Unplug and Be Outside Week

by City of Meridian

The week of April 20-25, Meridian Parks and Recreation Department will host the fourth annual Unplug and Be Outside Week. Free activities, workshops and events will be held throughout the city of Meridian to inspire and encourage families to get out of the house, away from technology and get active. 

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May. 25, 2015

Boise’s North End Welcomes New Outdoor Gym

by City of Boise

Boise's North End will welcome a new outdoor gym this June. A gift from and HC Company, a 1,900 square-foot pad features 15 pieces of fitness equipment that is free for the public to use year round. The gym is the second of it's kind in the Boise Valley, located adjacent to the playground in Camel's Back Park. 

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Nov. 11, 2015

Finding a Mountain Biker’s Haven at Boise Foothills

The outdoors is a huge part in the life of every resident of Idaho. The Boise Foothills offers among the most breathtaking views there is in the whole state of Idaho and gives you a good glimpse of the city’s nature and wildlife. Boise can also be considered as a haven to many mountain biking enthusiasts considering that it has among the best biking trails in Treasure Valley.

Anyone who wants to have the perfect mix of the living the life in the city while being to spend as much time in the great outdoors will find great value in Boise, Idaho. If mountain biking is something you live and breathe in, Boise is the most ideal city for you.

Nov. 21, 2016

Ada County Awarded Silver Rating for Being Bike Friendly

The League of American Bicyclists has spoke-n. The Washington, D.C.-based league, founded in the 1880s—by cyclists who were then known as "wheelmen"—issues annual designations of bicycle friendly communities. This week, it granted its "silver" rating to Ada County, one of only four counties in the U.S. that attained the status.

Among the criteria for garnering "silver" status are:
A minimum of 3.5 percent of people in the community are commuting by bicycle
A minimum of two annual offerings for adult bicycle skills classes
A minimum of 45 percent of arterial streets with bike lanes
A minimum of 30 percent of the total road network includes a bicycle network

Ada County currently has 306 miles of bike lanes, more than 400 bicycle wayfinding signs and dozens of miles of designated bike routes on arterial and neighborhood streets.

Nov. 4, 2014

Fishermen Delight: Boise River to be Stocked with Steelhead

by Admin

Get out your rods and reels because more than 300 Idaho Steelhead Trout will be swimming in the Boise River soon. The Idaho Game and Fish announced plans to to stock the river with the super-rainbows (Rainbow Trout longer than 20 inches, with a clipped fin) in November.

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May. 18, 2016

Boise Recognized as 2016 Playful City USA Community

by City of Boise

Boise is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the 1st time.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. 

“The City of Boise embraces the notion that cities are critical drivers for achieving play outcomes and cross-sector collaboration as keys to success.  We are committed to ensure that all kids get the active play they need to become healthy and successful adults,” Mayor Dave Bieter. 

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Jul. 15, 2016

Outside Magazine Ranks Boise Among Top 10 Best Cities for Active Families

What kinds of cities make families happy? That was our starting point. The answer, of course, is complicated. Our first assumption: kids like being around other kids. So we looked for cities where a high percentage of the population is under age 18. Next we looked at affordability, since every parent knows the financial challenges of raising offspring (some $241,000 for a child born in 2012, according to the United States Department of Agriculture). Then we considered health, removing any metropolitan areas that were above the national rate for adult obesity. Finally, we zeroed in on what we believe is the critical X-factor: access to large urban parks, trail networks, waterways, ski mountains, and other wild spaces. As it turns out, any city that scored high on all of the above inevitably supports a community of active families who value outdoor play above all else.