Beginner Off-Road Trails Near Garden Valley, Idaho

Rabbit Creek Road

Enjoy this easy road in the Idaho mountains outside of Boise with good camp spots, views, and beautiful nature around you. This road is possible with any car, even bicycles or motorcycles. Snow or water…
Total Miles
32.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Whoop Um Up Trail

The Whoop Um Up is an out and back trail in Boise National Forest in Idaho. This trail offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains, especially as the elevation climbs. There's many campsites to the…
Total Miles
1.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Bear Valley to Lowman

Starting at over 7,000' and dropping to an altitude of 3,800', this 23-mile dirt road connects the Bear Valley to Lowman from the north. Overall, this route is easy to travel with washboard roads and…
Total Miles
21.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Skyline Spur

The Skyline Spur is an out-and-back trail in Boise National Forest in Idaho. This trail offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains, especially as the elevation climbs. Campsites could be found with creativity. There are…
Total Miles
2.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Little Beaver to Twister Trail

Little Beaver and Twister Trail are popular snowmobile trails in the Boise National Forest. These scenic trails are easy, and can be completed in a rather large vehicle. They are fairly well maintained, with fallen…
Total Miles
9.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Skyline Trail

The Skyline Trail is an out and back trail in Boise National Forest in Idaho. It could give access to the rest of the Skyline Trail when the gate to the east is unlocked, however…
Total Miles
2.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Boise Ridge Road

This is an moderate forest service road starting near Bogus Basin continuing to Rocky Canyon overlooking Boise, Idaho. This road becomes impassable due to the amount of snow in the winter. In the spring you…
Total Miles
17.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Rocky Canyon Road

Pretty simple road during the summer months that cuts over to Robbie Creek. A nice alternate route to Hwy 21, or a good road to access the ridge road. The winter months can vary depending…
Total Miles
8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

North Fork River Road

Do you like long drives on a dirt road, river views, and hot springs? This road is for you! Enjoy a dirt road that follows along the Boise River. It is possible to do this…
Total Miles
23.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Middle Fork Road

Do you like long drives on a dirt road, river views, and hot springs? This road is for you! Enjoy a dirt road that follows along the Boise River. It is possible to do this…
Total Miles
22.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Barber Flat

Total Miles
4.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

7 Mile Road

It's not actually 7 miles, but the road winds along the Salmon River. Lots of potholes and no apparent places to camp. There are plenty of pullouts to pass oncoming traffic, and the trail ends…
Total Miles
1.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Swanholm Road

A quick and easy road that leads you to multiple other roads, and there are camp spots all along the road. It is very busy so watch out for other cars, as well as trucks…
Total Miles
7.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Along The Edge

Another connecting trail to many of the others in the area, this one leads right along the fence line and, at one point, along the edge of the railroad tracks. At times the trail becomes…
Total Miles
7.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Bull Trout Lake

This trail is a dispersed campers' and campground lovers' dream. It is an easy, well-maintained gravel and dirt trail that ends at Bull Trout Lake. There is an official campground at the lake and about…
Total Miles
2.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Prairie Dog Lane

This area of BLM is a spiderweb of trails. This particular one is fairly short but wild and rugged in terrain. The trail is less visible in some places but it is still defined enough…
Total Miles
3.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Standifer Road

This wide-open, easy dirt road connects to many of the side trails in the area. The Southern end of the trail brings you near and to the National Guard Training Area. Please respect all posted…
Total Miles
8.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Cape Horn Frontage

This trail is a dispersed campers' dream. The trail is a loop and has large dispersed sites at either end that can accommodate trailers. The middle section of the trial is narrower and would require…
Total Miles
1.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Lola Creek Trail

This trail is a lovely out-and-back run into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. It is a wide gravel dirt trail with a few potholes but generally is in good condition. There are…
Total Miles
1.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Marsh Creek Scenic Trail

Get off the highway and take this stunning scenic trail. The trail can be run in either direction, but it's recommended to run it towards the town of Stanley because the constant views of the…
Total Miles
7.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Full Creek Crossing

This trail is a gravel road with many potholes along the way. The scenery is beautiful, with many different locations to pull over and camp. At the end of the route, you will come to…
Total Miles
2.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Elk Mountain Trail

Easy, 2-lane forest service road leaving Stanley Lake and ascending through the forest to various dispersed campgrounds. The Elk Mountain Hiking Trailhead also starts alongside the entrance to the forest service road. At the top,…
Total Miles
2.8
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Elk Meadow Trailhead

This dirt trail is right off highway 21. There are dispersed camping spots immediately at the beginning in the open valley. These have fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. The trail continues into the trees…
Total Miles
1.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Sp / Su

Dry Creek

This is an easy 2-lane forest service road that leads to many dispersed camping sites, several hiking trails, and views of the Sawtooth Mountains. Heavily treed with lots of wildflowers but also evidence of recent…
Total Miles
4.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Valley Spur A

Can you spot the geodesic dome house in the trees? This is a fun twisty dirt trail through the trees. It starts in a large open valley with lots of dispersed camping and views of…
Total Miles
2.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Iron Creek

This is an easily graded trail with lots of room to pass oncoming traffic. It leads to the very popular iron creek hiking trailhead, and there are plenty of camping along the way in established…
Total Miles
3.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

21 To Nip & Tuck

This trail is accessible from the town of Upper Stanley to the popular Nip & Tuck trail with excellent views of the sawtooth mountain range and dispersed wild camping. Several other off-road trails can also…
Total Miles
1.3
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Murphy, ID to Silver City, ID

An easy dirt road to one of Idaho's largest ghost towns. There are some shallow water crossings, and as you get closer to Silver City, there are some small, smooth boulders, but nothing too difficult.…
Total Miles
34.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Sawtooth Mountain Views Loop

An easy dirt loop trail that picks up from Lower Stanley, gains slight elevation and has a stunning view of the Sawtooth Mountain Range, and looks down over the town of Upper Stanley. There are…
Total Miles
4.8
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Basin Butte Lookout Tower

Fun switchback style dirt trail with steeper climbs towards the end to reach the Basin Butte Lookout Tower. Stunning views of the mountain ranges from the top where the tower is. The trail begins crossing…
Total Miles
7.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa