Idaho boasts the most protected wilderness in the continental United States, making it an ideal destination for outdoor adventure. The state's wilderness areas, national forests, and parks provide easy access to waterfalls, trout streams, ancient lava flows, sand dunes, rivers, lakes, and towering mountains. Take the road less traveled and feel the wind in your fur while learning about local history and geology on any of Idaho's 31 scenic byways. Then enjoy the pet friendly lodging and dining options found in the bustling cities and picturesque towns that serve as perfect base camps to explore Idaho's diverse beauty.
Best Time To Visit
Most people visit Idaho in winter and summer, which is lucky for you because the best weather for a pet friendly trip is in the fall! Blue skies, refreshingly cool temperatures in the upper 60’s, and the changing leaves make Idaho gorgeous from late September through the end of October. The spring and fall shoulder seasons also bring better deals on lodging than the boating and skiing seasons. Summer, while more crowded, is also wonderful as the mountains burst with wildflowers and greenery. And skiers will find the deepest snowpack for incredible skiing at Sun Valley and Silver Mountain in February and March.
Things Not To Miss
Take a pet friendly cruise on Lake Couer d'Alene. Get your tickets and board the boat at the dock on Independence Point in Couer d'Alene.
Hit the trails at Ponderosa State Park, then settle in for a bite to eat on one of the many pet friendly restaurant patios in McCall.
Do some window shopping while you stroll the streets in Ketchum, one of Idaho's most popular ski towns.
Enjoy the scenic views, wildlife, and access to popular parks and recreation sites on the 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt in Boise.
Explore more than 10 miles of pet friendly trails throughout Twin Falls and along the scenic Snake River Canyon, where BASE jumpers leap from the Perrine Bridge while kayakers paddle the Snake River below.
Brilliant blue waters and sandy beaches combin to create a perfect weekend getaway at Bear Lake State Park in St. Charles.
Admire the power of Mother Nature at Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, the deepest river gorge in North America.