Our fall migration project located on the Boise Ridge at the top of Lucky Peak is IBO’s longest-running and most well-known research and education effort (since 1993!)
Four-wheel or All-wheel-drive high-clearance vehicles required. The road to Lucky Peak is a steep, winding dirt road with a *small* parking area at the top. 2021 in particular is a record year for very high water bars. Even high clearance vehicles may scrape on some of the water bars. Experienced drivers and HIGH CLEARANCE 4WD or AWD are *required*!
Do not drive the road during rain or within 1 hour of rain showers.
Highland Valley Road is a part of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area. These public lands and roadways are not maintained by IBO. Visitors assume all risks associated with accessing our Lucky Peak station and understand that IBO staff do not have the ability to tow/pull your vehicle out of ruts.
From the intersection of Hwy 21 and I-84:, take Hwy 21 North (towards Idaho City). About 3 miles past the top of Lucky Peak Dam, follow the signs for the Archery Range and turn left onto Highland Valley Road (about 3/4 mile before you get to The Hilltop Cafe). Follow this for a total of about 6 miles to our site in the trees just below the radio tower. When our station is open for the fall, there are “Bird Observatory” signs at every important intersection. As you approach the peak, there is a gate. Park in the flat area to the right (beside the outhouse) and walk thru the gate and down the road for about 200 meters to our site in the trees.