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Be Well Outside

Explore. Play. Get outside!

The Be Well Outside Initiative is Boise State’s combined effort to encourage students to access outdoor resources, spend time in natural spaces, and contribute to our community’s outdoor stewardship.

Why Spend Time Outdoors? Studies report that students who spent as little as 10-20 minutes a day in outdoor, natural spaces experienced improved moods, decreased heart rate, and blood pressure, and decreased levels of stress and anxiety!


What Does the Be Well Outside Initiative Include?

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More Outdoor Resources

Outdoor Program

Rentals, trips and more!

Cycle Learning Center

Our on-campus cycle source!

Ridge to Rivers

Learn about trail conditions and access!

Happy Trails Pledge

Pledge to care for Boise's foothills!

The Ribbon of Jewels

Celebrating Women's History!

Interactive Trail Map

Local trails!

The Outbound

Find hiking trails, tips and more!

Campus Sustainability

Sustainability at Boise State

Broncos Grow

Campus Gardening

Volunteer Opportunities

Boise Parks and Rec Open Space Division
Capitol Blvd in the winter

Explore Boise!

A step outside your front door, here are some opportunities within 1 mile of campus*, (equivalent to about 18 minutes of walking!)*Student Union Building used as starting point

The Boise River Greenbelt, often used as a thoroughfare by students, gives you access to over 25 miles of trail! The Greenbelt will get you to where you want to go, including:

  • Ann Morrison Park A well known Bronco stomping ground, but did you know it’s part of Boise’s, Ribbon of Jewels, a tribute to Boise’s historical female figures? Also, enjoy:

Bocce ball courts | Disc-Golf Course | Outdoor gym | Off-leash dog park | Cricket Pitch| Horseshoes

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  • Julia Davis Park A beautiful, tree-lined, open space that is accessible from campus by crossing Friendship Bridge, you may even get to say hello to our long-necked giraffe neighbors at Zoo Boise! Also, enjoy: 

The Boise Art Museum | Julia Davis Lagoon | The Rose Garden | The Idaho State Museum | Gene Harris Bandshell | Idaho Black History Museum

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Feeling a bit more adventurous? Here are some suggestions within 5 miles!

Military Reserve has a plethora to offer adventurous Broncos and is a great launching point to many area trails. Along with trails, this 734-acre space offers:

J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Bike Park | Off-leash dog park | Historic Military Cemetery

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Ridge to Rivers is an interconnected system of 190 mile+ multi-use trails that connects the community to the natural environment. There are numerous trailheads located near and easily accessible from campus. Some favorites; that can be found on the interactive map include:

    • Miller Gulch Connector to Corrals Trail (easy/moderate)
    • The Table Rock Trail (moderate/difficult) 

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Hulls Gulch Reserve is located “behind” popular Camel’s Back Reserve and offers some of the most accessible trails and favorite city and valley views. A local favorite is:

    • Kestrel Trail/Crestline/Lower Hulls Gulch Trail loop

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Hidden Gems. Some of the lesser-known favorites!

Polecat Reserve is a great single track trail, perfect for the casual or beginning mountain biker (hiker-friendly too). Not only do you enjoy views of the Treasure Valley, but you’ll also enjoy the Boise Ridgeline on this optional 7-mile loop!

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Shafer Butte Area (Bogus Basin) trails offer users an alternate opportunity to enjoy higher elevation views, cooler temperatures, and gorgeous tree-lined hikes. This is also a popular trail system used to access Stack Rock Trail.

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