Heading to Mountain Home Air Force Base? 12 Things You Should Know About Mountain Home, Idaho

Posted by Mike Brown Group on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 12:54pm.

Anderson Reservoir - Mountain Home, Idaho

1. Outstanding Fishing

When you are coming to Mountain Home Air Force Base bring the fishing poles. There are many wonderful reservoirs to fish including Anderson Ranch, CJ Strike, South Fork and Little Camas. If you want to try fly fishing head to the South Fork of the Boise River just below Anderson Dam.

2. Whitewater Rafting and Paddle boating

Enjoy a whitewater rafting and paddleboating on many parts of the Snake River. One of the best spots is from Danskin Bridge to Anderson Ranch Dam. In fact, this stretch is just perfect for an overnight camping trip. Idaho offers the most miles of whitewater rafting of any state in the lower 48.

3. Hunting

This area is known as one of the meccas of Idaho for hunting. Many take large elk, deer, pronghorn, bear, and upland birds on a regular basis, while others love to bird hunt for turkey, quail and pheasant.

4. Dune Sledding and Sand boarding

Bruneau Dunes State Park is the perfect place for dune sledding. Just grab a waxed plastic snow saucer and lay down with your feet pointing down the hill. Alternatively, try your hand at sandboarding. The tallest of these dunes is over 470 feet tall. This area is also popular with anglers, and is perfect for snowshoeing, horseback riding, and stargazing.

5. Snowmobiling

Trinity Mountains and the Fair­eld area offers over 350 groomed miles of snowmobile tracks. Meanwhile, Anderson Ranch Reservoir has over 250 groomed miles.

6. Hiking

The Scenic Dessert Loop offers many wonderful hiking opportunities. Consider starting at Three Island State Park and hike part of the Oregon Trail. Much of the route is open to automobiles making it the perfect scenic drive.

7. Visit the Raptors

The Birds of Prey Wildlife Area is the largest area in the world for nesting raptors. This area encompasses over 482,000 acres. Over 700 pairs of birds routinely nest in this federally protected area each spring. Mid-March through June is the best time to plan your visit to this exciting area.

8. Golf

The Mountain Home area is blessed to be home to three golf courses. The Dessert Golf Course takes full of advantage of streams and canyons to offer golfers a unique challenge in a beautiful setting. The Crossing Winery offers players the chance to play an awesome nine-hole golf course, visit a winery and even a chance to camp. The nearby Elk Valley Golf Course offers a well-maintained nine-hole golf course, pool, tennis courts, elegant dining and camping.

9. Snow skiing

Located very nearby, Sun Valley offers some of the finest skiing in Idaho with 2,000 acres open for skiing. Nearby, visitors can ski on Dollar Mountain, that is one of the best beginner’s mountains in the world, according to Idaho Ski Lodging. If you are looking for even more adventure, then try helicopter skiing, paraskiing and caterpillar skiing.

10. Boise State Broncos

The Boise State Broncos gives everyone something to cheer about throughout the year from football, basketball and baseball. Women sports are also very popular at Boise State University including beach volleyball, tennis and gymnastics.

11. Continue Your Education

Away from the base, Air Force members can take courses at Boise State University. The university offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degrees.

12. Visit the Festivals

Fabulous festivals happen throughout the year. With Crazee Days, concerts in the park, Elmore County Fair and Rodeo, as you can tell something very exciting is always happening in Mountain Home.

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