There is a huge amount of space in the foothills north of Boise that is open to the public. The land is connected by an extensive trail system that is used each year by thousands of Boise residents for walking, hiking, and biking. Citizens are able to access and enjoy many recreational activities throughout the year in the foothills. Compared to the real estate in Boise, the open space not only promotes healthy activity, it also adds to the beauty of the city and protects important natural resources. For those of you unfamiliar with the Boise foothills, you might be surprised to find out just how much is offered in Boise’s backyard.
The land has been owned by both private individuals, and state and federal government agencies. In 2000, the Boise Foothills Open Space Management Plan was completed with input from the City of Boise, Ada and Boise Counties, Idaho Fish and Game and the Bureau of Land Management. The plan outlined the need for conserving natural resources, educating the public, and providing sustainable recreation and resource use. Most of the area known as the foothills is now preserved through levy funds that began in 2001/2002.
To learn more about the Boise foothills, take a look at the maps below and visit the following links. You’ll find out about the trail system, information about The Foothills Learning Center, current conservation efforts and updates to the foothills open space management plan.