Caldwell, the “Gateway to Idaho Outdoors,” is near some of the most spectacular outdoor recreation areas, mountains, deserts, lakes and rivers.
Visitors can participate in white-water rafting, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and hiking. There are hunting seasons for big game, upland bird and water fowl.
Within an hour’s drive of Caldwell, you can visit a winery, pick your own berries, visit pioneer Oregon Trail, see an old silver mining town, bike a desert canyon to a waterfall or visit three wildlife refuges. Lake Lowell is a popular recreational area for fishing, boating and water-skiing. The refuge to the south provides a thriving and varied bird population. The Lower Dam features a large picnic area and swimming.
The Boise River which runs through Caldwell, and the Snake River a few miles south, are great for boating, fishing and nature walks. The forests of southern and central Idaho are famous for fly-fishing streams, easy and challenging hiking trails and white water rivers. Public camping areas are plentiful and accessible. Three major downhill ski areas are within easy driving distance. Groomed trails for cross-country skiing and areas for snowmobiling can be found nearby.
In addition to the many outdoor activities, respected The College of Idaho brings arts and entertainment to campus. Across the street, the Caldwell Events Center hosts exciting sports events and special shows. Two mature golf courses are open to the public. Fine restaurants, comfortable hotels, motels and campgrounds welcome travelers.