Why I live here...

Much of Valley County and the surrounding area lie within the Payette and Boise National Forest. Only 5% of Valley County is privately owned. Winter temperatures average 25 degrees F. July and August average 75 degrees F. On our warmest days you can always jump into a nearby lake, river or stream for a quick swim. When it gets colder, hot springs are a much better alternative.

Summer is the season that brings the most visitors to this area. Whether they come to fish, sail, hike or just relax on the lake or in the woods, this area has something for everyone. Some of the deer in Ponderosa State Park will walk right up to you. Talk about photo ops!

Fall is one of our most pleasant seasons. The roads are a little less crowded. Days are still warm, the nights are a little colder. Wildlife is everywhere you look. The squirrels let you know if you're getting too close to their winter stash. The moose, elk and deer have a full set of horns. The fall colors displayed by the aspen, larch and shrubs rival New England. It's the lull between the hustle and bustle of the summer and the onset of snow and winter activities. There is no better time for a walk in the woods.

Winter brings another round of activities. Snowmobilers have their sleds tuned up and trail grooming begins on 1,000+ miles of trails. There are lots of powder opportunities for the hard core and for skiers. Brundage is ready to open by Thanksgiving. Some years there is plenty of snow, some years opening is delayed. Fishermen fish through the ice this time of year. The mountain chicadees are resident year around and give us plenty of bird watching opportunities. The arrival of spotted towhees at the cabin let me know that winter is almost over and we are moving towards spring.

What would be the perfect winter day? How about watching the sun come up over the snow covered mountains followed by some deep power skiing. Maybe a quick evening snowmobile ride into Burgdorf Hot Springs for a nice soak before heading further out to Warren for dinner and moose viewing if your are lucky. Then falling asleep before a roaring fire. It can't get much better.

Springtime in the mountains is slow in coming. The transition time seems to never end. No skiing, not enough snow to snowmobile too far, not enough dirt to hike. This is the time the locals go to Riggins for dinner and a chance to see dirt again. New Meadows and Cascade thaw out first, then McCall. We try to wait patiently for the snow plows to break through Secesh Summit in late May so we can see how the deer, elk, moose and squirrels have made it through the winter.

Valley County has an area of 3,678 square miles and a populations of 7,651 as of the 2000 census.

100 miles from Boise, we have the best of all world; close enough to the big city that you can make a day trip; snowmobiling and skiing right out your front door on a daily basis. (Or vice versa, if you choose to live/work in the big city and come to the mountains to play.)

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