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Idaho National Forests

Boise National Forest-
Caribou National Forest-
Clearwater National Forest-
Coeur d'Alene National Forest-
Idaho Panhandle National Forests-
Kaniksu National Forest-
Nez Perce National Forest-
Payette National Forest-
Salmon-Challis National Forest-
Sawtooth National Forest-
St. Joe National Forest-
Targhee National Forest-

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Description - A large part of Idaho is designated National Forests. recreation opportunities abound and are unequaled in area like that along the Salmon river and in the Sawtooth range.

Attractions - The Salmon River valey, the Sawtooth range, the Snake and its forks form some of the most beautiful outdoor area in the world.

Recreation - Extensive opportunities for camping and hiking exist in the National forests of Idaho. These individual activities are described in the wildernet.com pages of this section with maps and directions.

Climate - The climate in Idaho varies with the elevation. The bottom of Hell's Canyon, Boise and other locations at low elevations receive hot summer weather. Temperatures at these elevations often reach 90 degrees or more during the summer months. At the same time the mountains will get mild temperatures with cool nights. Winters are just as extreme with the mountains experiencing extreme conditions and temperatures. An average of 500 inches of snow falls on the Idaho highlands. Temperatures are known to dip below zero degrees F on many winter nights. The lower elevations enjoy a more mild winter season with less precipitation than the mountains. The sun is a constant throughout the year. Be sure to wear sunscreen and layered clothing in Idaho's unpredictable weather.

Location - Maps and directions are available at the individual pages describing each forest and the many trails and campsites in each forest.

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Idaho - This is a state with a vast amount of public land. Solitude can be found in Idaho's deep gorges, high mountains, swift rivers and chilly lakes.


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