As RVers know, no other kind of travel gives you the freedom to stay, go or simply head off the main highway and follow the tracks. When staying or living at Mountainbound Custom Storage and RV Park, you’ll be wanting to do all three – often. Mountainbound is located in Mountain Home, a perfect stage for exploring the incredible variety of sights and attractions the Gem State has to offer.
In this blog post, we only scratch the surface of the incredible places to visit in the nearby vicinity, but believe us – there’s a whole lot more!
Bruneau Dunes State Park
One of the closest and most amazing places to visit from Mountain Home is the Bruneau Dunes State Park, with the highest single sand dune (470 feet) in the U.S. This place will keep you busy for longer than you’d expect. Sandboarding! Stargazing! Nature walks and horseback riding and picnics and fishing. Yes, a blue and gold landscape: crystal blue water at the foot of Sahara-style dunes. Where else can you fish in the desert?
Overnight in your RV here to do some serious stargazing at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory, using Idaho’s largest public telescope. The park is a mere 20-minute drive from Mountain Home.
Up the I-84 W about 44 miles—less than an hour’s drive—from Mountain Home is Boise, the capital of Idaho, and a city with a made-for-everyone variety of activities at hand
With a population of 236,000, the city is a perfect size for a great many activities and entertainment. If high-end shopping is your thing, other cities offer more, but Boise has a wealth of unique boutiques, sidewalk cafes, and an energetic night life.
Boise is known for indie music, jazz, theater, and the city spends $48 million a year on the arts industry, both private and public. Don’t miss Freaky Alley or the Old Idaho Penitentiary (now a museum). The 89-acre Julia Davis Park near the Boise River Greenbelt, contains Zoo Boise, the Idaho Aquarium, Idaho Black History Museum, Boise Historical Museum, Boise Art Museum, and a rose garden, and sports courts. Just outside the city is the World Center for Birds of Prey.
Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA
Speaking of birds of prey, the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA), is 35 miles south of Boise and 42 miles from Mountain Home starting at S. Simco Road. Get your map out for this one, and know that this world-class NCA has nearly 500 acres dedicated to the safety of raptors. These birds are an essential cog in the balance of nature, not to mention their beauty in flight and ability to control rodent populations. Keep your hiking boots and camera handy.
Craters of the Moon
Idaho may be most well-known for the amazing Craters of the Moon National Monument. This unique area was born of lava tubes and cinder cones, and gives you the sensation of being on another planet. Visitors rave about the easy access, amazing views, and hiking trails. With a seven-mile drive-through, Craters is a fascinating stop on the long way to Twin Falls. From Mountain Home the Craters are 134 miles east on U.S. 20. Then head on to the magnificent Shoshone Falls, which bests even Niagara Falls in height and beauty, just outside Twin Falls.
Shoshone Falls/Twin Falls
Eighty-six miles south of Mountain Home on I-84 East, Twin Falls is on the wild Snake River, with its spectacular Shoshone Falls. Twin Falls is a medium-sized city of about 50,000 famous for its Magic Valley Farmers Market: half market, half entertainment, all fun.
Five miles away Shoshone Falls area has playgrounds, hiking trails, swimming area, even a boat ramp among its recreational facilities. On your way back from Twin Falls, take US 30 at Bliss south to Hagerman and partake of the natural hot springs in the area. Idaho’s volcanic past is your present-day treat with basking in warm water surrounded by stunning vistas..
Idaho enthusiastically welcomes RVs and Mountain Home is the perfect place for exploration, whether to see amazing mountainscapes or fascinating wildlife from your RV, your bike, or your feet—or all of the above. Frankly, this list doesn’t begin to cover your options as an RVer in Idaho. Mountainbound Custom Storage & RV Park is the perfect base camp: a vacation from adventure. With sports courts, a pool, playground and dog park, customizable man-caves and concierge amenties, MountainBound’s Smart Park status makes it unbeatable. Come see!