Boise often gets ranked in National Top 10 lists as one of the best places to live, work and
play because of our quality of life. But what does that really mean?Boise Mountain Biker.jpg

It means it's super easy to escape the confines of the office and go play golf, tennis, kayak, raft, boat, water-ski, snow ski, hike, mountain bike, road bike, walk, run or fly fish. You can do any of those things literally within minutes of leaving the office or your home.

Because of the close and quick access, you have timeto engage in outdoor fitness activities while fitting in work, family and other responsibilities.

Business people need time to think. Some of the best ideas are hatched on a recreation outing via blue-sky thinking.

Here's what you can do:  

    • The Boise River Greenbelt has more than 20 miles of paved trails from Eagle to Discovery State Park. Here, you can walk, run or bike on the non-motorized pathway. Many loops are possible traveling on both sides of the Boise River.
    • At lunchtime or after work, Boise people flock to the grassy foothills behind the city for a quick walk, trail-run or mountain bike ride. On weekends, serious bikers start 5 minutes from the Capitol, climb to the top of the foothills skyline and zoom downhill on sinewy singletrack trails, covering 25+ miles in 3-4 hours. And then it's time for a beer.
    • Boise people love to golf -- there are more than 10, 18-hole courses to sample in the valley. Two of them are featured on the Idaho Golf Trail. Two other courses are located next to the mountains, creating exciting terrain challenges and hazards for the accomplished golfer. 
    • Just a half hour from Boise, you can go alpine skiing, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Bogus Basin. Bogus has six lifts, three high-speed quads and an 1,800-foot vertical drop. It also has 37 kilometers of groomed trails. We take skiing seriously! Oh, did we mention that you can ski in the morning and work in the afternoon?  Plus, Bogus has night skiing.  Open till 10 p.m.
    • Idaho is the whitewater state with many world-class rivers. Kayakers practice surfing in the Boise River Park here in town, and on weekends, they zip up to the Payette River, less than an hour away, to paddle the Main Payette, South Fork or North Fork, all of which have challenging rapids, surf waves and play holes. A great team-building experience is for businesses to go paddle-rafting on the Payette River.
    • The Boise River is a tuber's paradise in mid-summer when temperatures reach into the 90s. Rental tubes and small rafts are available at the Barber Park launch site and shuttle buses bring you back after a fun-filled day.
    • Thirty minutes east of Boise, power boaters flock to Lucky Peak Reservoir to take a cruise with the family, go water-skiing, tubing or wake-surfing. 
    • The Boise River also is great for fly fishing. The river is open year-round for trout fishing. Rainbow and brown trout lurk in secret pockets of the river. In late summer and fall, surplus chinook salmon and steehead are released into the river for sport anglers. Now that's a bonus!  

    Want to read about more recreational opportunities and activities in the Boise area?  Check out Stueby's Outdoor Journal!

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