Ride Idaho 2019 Route
Ride Idaho 2019 will celebrate 15 years of showcasing the beautiful state of Idaho, and it only seemed fitting that we bring the ride back to the state capital, Boise, where is all began. Boise, known as the City of Trees, boasts a unique identity of a place where people can work, play, relax, explore, and enjoy, while also taking in the scenery of the foothills, rivers, lakes, and mountains.
For those of you coming to Boise for the first time, we highly recommend allowing an extra day or two to explore the city. The downtown and surrounding area boasts a vibrant array of activities, from a sprawling Saturday market, to a greenbelt following the Boise River, which flows through the city and attracts thousands of tubers and rafters throughout the summer. Restaurants, bars, shops, museums, and a world-class whitewater park are all in close proximity to the downtown core. Check out the Check In/Boise page where we listed a Ride Idaho hotel rate for the weekends before and after the ride. We also have links to maps, guides, and activities.
The week-long ride will begin on Saturday, July 13th, at Discovery Park, which is a short distance from Boise and where we will have our registration packet pick-up. The following morning, on our first day of riding, we will head northeast through the historical mining town of Idaho City, following the “Ponderosa Scenic Byway Route” to our first overnight location in Lowman.
On day 2, you will ride along the Payette River on the “Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway” with opportunities to soak in several hot springs. Lunch this day will be served at Terrace Lakes Resort and includes the use of the geothermal pool to swim and relax by. That night you will enjoy dinner in Garden Valley with the live theatrical, outdoor performance of “Newsies” at the Starlight Mountain Theatre.
For day three, pack your suit and sandals because after a short bike ride, you will be treated to an exciting raft trip down the Payette River on a section that is frequented by locals and visiting tourists alike. The last part of the day’s adventure will be followed by an easy 25 mile bike ride along the Payette River into Emmett.
Day four will take you on the “Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway” where many will have their first opportunity to see the splendor of hops being grown, for Idaho is the second largest producer in the United States. Camping this night will be at a city park on the majestic Snake River.
On day five, you will ride through lush orchards and vineyards as we make a few stops to visit some of the local wineries and tasting rooms. Then, you will encircle Lake Lowell and the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and follow the Snake River down to our overnight location in Marsing, once again camping at another beautiful city park on the Snake River.
On day six, we will visit Givens Hot Springs and then have lunch at Celebration Park. The final stretch on this day’s ride will drop you into the majestic Snake River Canyon and Swan Falls Dam, where we will be camping at a beautiful recreation area.
On the last day, be sure to take pictures after you climb out of the canyon for your last view of the magnificent Snake River. Make sure to watch for the many species of birds of prey as you ride back to Boise and celebrate the week with all your new friends.
Enjoy the Ride!
Cheers and join us in 2019 creating new friendships and great memories!
Day 1: Boise to Lowman
Day 2: Lowman to Crouch / Garden Valley
Day 3: Garden Valley to Emmet
Day 4: Emmett to Homedale
Day 5: Homedale to Marsing
Day 6: Marsing to Swan Falls
Day 7: Swan Falls to Boise