Boise, Idaho, is a hub of transportation for those traveling in and out of Idaho. Travelers headed to Idaho’s famous Middle Fork of the Salmon often pass through the city en route to the river, reports the well-known Idaho outfitter Solitude River Trips.
Boise places a high emphasis on connecting residence and visitors with the many outdoor opportunities Idaho offers, including those within the city. What is normally associated with city life – congestion, filth, and lack of outdoor recreation opportunities – is not the case when it comes to Boise. The Boise Greenbelt is a great example of how much the city cares about outdoor recreation.
In 1964 Boise hired a consultant to update the city’s zoning ordinance. He suggested creating the “green belt” by acquiring land on the banks of the Boise River and building trails to connect the community. A few years later, three small parcels of land were donated to the city to begin the project. In 1969 the city developed and appointed the Greenbelt and Pathways Committee to guide the city to the development of the Greenbelt.
Today the Greenbelt trail runs for 23 miles on both the North and South banks of the Boise River and covers over 850 acres. It is maintained by the Boise Parks & Recreation Department. Popular activities include biking and walking on the trails, but there are also various river access points along the way. The Boise River is a popular river for tubing during the summer months and because the Greenbelt is owned by the city there is ample access to the river.
As the river and trails wind their way downstream they pass through 12 city parks that offer amenities such as horseshoes, barbeque pits, and playgrounds. One of the parks even has a reflective pool and golf course. Other popular stops on the trail are at Boise State University, the Ram Brewery, and the City Zoo.
The Boise Greenbelt really does offer great outdoor recreational activities. From biking to golfing, to checking out animals at the zoo, there’s something for everyone at the Greenbelt!