Be Well Outside
Did you know that college students benefit from 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!
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
- 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
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
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)
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
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!
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.