Natural History

The Boise River: The Valley's Natural Treasure

Boise has a topography and climate extremely amenable to habitation and it is located on a natural transportation route, but it was one of the last towns to become a city in the American West. Nestled in a river valley between rolling foothills that rise to alpine mountains to the north and a higher sagebrush desert plateau to the south, this landscape sits only 2,800 feet above sea level. Natural history sites along the river will interpret interesting plants, animals, habitats, geology and hydrology, not only along the river, but some that can be seen in the foothills and mountains, helping you understand the connections between these parts of the Boise River's watershed.

Natural History Locations

View and print PDF versions of the interpretive messages before visiting the trail by clicking the links below.

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