This 135-mile Idaho portion of the Oregon National Historic Trail presents wonderful recreational opportunities. Jump in your car to experience this area’s beautiful scenery or explore on foot to discover abundant opportunities for camping, hiking, horseback riding, OHV riding and scenic/wildlife viewing.
In the mid-1800s, thousands of pioneers followed the Oregon Trail 2,000 miles from Missouri to Oregon in search of a better life. However, the Oregon Trail was never just one route. Some emigrants deviated from the main trail in search of water and livestock forage, while others found shortcuts and better routes to avoid difficult terrain. Two segments of the primary route, North Trail and Sinker Creek, are located in southwestern Idaho, and visitors today can still see original wagon ruts. Bonneville Point, 16 miles southeast of Boise, explains the challenges faced by courageous pioneers.
For descriptions on specific sections, contact BLM or purchase books on the many different segments of the Trail. One highly recommended book is Emigrant Trails of Southern Idaho.
Southwest Idaho, various locations
Trailhead locations: Bonneville Point, Three Island State Park, CJ Strike, and others. Trails can be accessed through Boise, Glenn's Ferry, Murphy, or Bruneau.