Major Attractions

A number of recreational opportunities are available in Boise, including:

Extensive hiking and biking in the foothills to the immediate north of downtown. Much of this trail network is part of Hull’s Gulch and can be accessed by 8th street. An extensive urban trail system called the Boise River Greenbelt runs along the river. The Boise River itself is a common destination for fishing, swimming and rafting.

In Julia Davis Park is Zoo Boise, which has over 200 animals representing over 80 species from around the world. An Africa exhibit, completed in 2008, is the most recent addition.


The Bogus Basin ski area opened in 1942 and hosts multiple winter activities, primarily alpine skiing and snowboarding, but also cross-country skiing and snow tubing. “Bogus” is 16 miles (26 km) from the city limits (less than an hour drive from downtown) on a twisty paved road which climbs 3400 vertical feet (1036 m) through sagebrush and forest.


Professional sports teams in Boise include:

  •  The Boise Hawks of the short-season Class A Northwest League (minor league baseball)
  •  The Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL (minor league hockey)
  • An arena football2 franchise, the Boise Burn, began play in 2007 but is now extinct.

On the sports entertainment front Boise is also the home of A DIY all-female, flat track roller derby league, the Treasure Valley Rollergirls.

The Boise State University campus is home to:

  • Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts local and national fine arts performances
  • Bronco Stadium, the 32,000 seat football and track stadium known for its blue Field Turf field.
  • Taco Bell Arena, a 12,000 seat basketball and entertainment venue which opened in 1982 as the BSU Pavilion

Boise State University is known primarily for the recent successes of its football team, although it is also a fairly well-regarded commuter school for undergraduate students.

The Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl football game (formerly known as the Humanitarian Bowl and later the MPC Computers Bowl) is held in late December each year, and pairs a team from the Western Athletic Conference with a Mountain West Conference team.

The World Center for Birds of Prey:

  • Located just outside city limits
  • Is a key part of the re-establishment of the Peregrine Falcon and the subsequent removal from the Endangered Species list
  • The center is currently breeding the very rare California condor, among many other rare and endangered species.

The city has been cited by publications like Forbes, Fortune and Sunset for its quality of life.

The cornerstone mall in Boise, Boise Towne Square Mall, is also a major shopping attraction for Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, and surrounding areas and has recently been through an upgrade along with adding new retailers.

The state’s largest giant sequoia can be found near St. Lukes Hospital.