There is nothing better than the smell of the outdoors. Crisp air, gorgeous tall trees, and trails as far as the eye can see. 
One of the many perks of living in Southwestern Idaho is the opportunity to get outside and explore. 

When exploring outside we are always on the hunt to find the best spot. Whether it be the unique terrain or the breathtaking views, we have put together some of our favorite spots to venture. 

Map Rock

From Nampa, travel south on Highway 45. Turn right on Map Rock Road. Travel 7.3 miles to Map Rock, located on the right side of the road.

Canyon County acquired a famous Idaho petroglyph in 2012 as well as the 34 acres of surrounding cliff-side property. This massive rock covered in petroglyphs was believed to be a map of the Snake River Valley. Some have suggested that this could be the oldest map in the world. Canyon County Parks plans to develop more information about Map Rock and have it available at the Celebration Park Visitor Center. If you are looking to go and see this interesting part of Idaho history be advised that parking is very limited  due to the difficult terrain. 

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge

13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa, ID 83686

Surrounded by homes and farmlands this wonderful place provides refuge for both wildlife and people. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge offers us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and connect with the nature around you. With over 10 miles of trails and a nearly 9000 acre lake, you will easily find a place to explore at any level. Be sure to stop and be aware of your surroundings here because this place provides important nesting habitats for all kinds of birds, such as ducks, geese, songbirds, herons egrets and more! Whether you like to hike, bird, hunt, picnic or just watch the sunset there is something here for everyone. 

Agventure Trail

This is one of the coolest things that Caldwell has put together! We love supporting local at Mikowski Real Estate and what better way to do that than to hop on the Agventure Trail. Produces stands, farm tours, farm to fork dining experiences, beekeeping tours, rodeos and arenas, U-pick flowers, goat yoga and farmers market are just a few of the many things you can do on the Agventure trail. This is one thing you probably will want to explore over a span of time to make sure you have the best, most wonderful experience at each place you visit! Here is the map to the AGVENTURE TRAIL.

43°16'34.6"N 116°23'39.4"W
S Swan Falls Rd, Melba, ID 83641
The Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area was established to protect the unique desert environment that supports North America's highest density of nesting raptors. Not only can you see amazing birds and wildlife, visitors may also ride on horseback, hike, hunt, mountain bike, picnic and camp. Encompassing many recreation sites you will be able to see Raptors year round but the best time to see them is mid-March through June when the birds are nesting and their young are learning how to take flight. Dedication Point provides a spectacular view that overlooks the rim of the Snake River Canyon. 
Initial Point, ID

Follow Swan Falls Road south from Kuna for roughly 7.8 miles until you see the BLM sign pointing you to the butte.

About 8 miles south of Kuna you will find Initial Point. Initial Point is a small volcanic remnant that rises about 350 feet out of the Snake River Plain. The significance of this point on a butte is that it was the starting point for the first government survey of Idaho. Scientists believe that 1.3 million years ago lava was pouring from this very butte. The lava flowing from this butte was enough to dam the Snake River and change it's course! How cool is that!  

Do you have any places for us to explore?! 
We love a good adventure and can't wait to hear all about yours! 

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