North of Boise on scenic Hwy. 21 is the historic mining town of Idaho City. In the gold rush it was dubbed “The Queen of the Gold Camps” and was the largest city North of San Francisco. At its pinnacle, it boasted mercantiles, saloons, theaters and the territorial prison. Today things are quieter, but you can still walk the boardwalk, visit historic buildings, shop and experience the flavor of days gone by. Who knows… you may run into a cowboy shootist or poet.
Nestled in the midst of towering pines and the custody of lively creeks, Idaho City is the jumping off point for world class fly-fishing, hunting and camping. No area in the country can rival the ATV opportunities, breath taking views, wild life and flora, that the area offers. Winter brings snowmobiling, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, sledding and skating. Musical events are held throughout the spring and summer in our outdoor amphitheater or a lovely historical garden. Something is always cooking in Idaho City, in June it’s the Frontier Days celebration with the Cowboy Fast Draw and Gold Dust Rodeo. February brings the Chili Cook Off, hot stuff in the snow. Sublime! The Boise Basin Artist Co-operative hosts event every second Sunday at the historic Smith house. You don’t have to wait for an event to visit, Historic Museum features artifacts from the Gold Mining Days, June – October. Antique shops, unique stores, and restaurants offer year round shopping and dining pleasures.