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View of the Boise State campus

Ask any local or student on campus and they’ll tell you: Boise is a friendly place. Our welcoming community is notable for its year-round outdoor activities; cultural diversity; awesome food; family-friendly activities; and celebrations and promotions of the arts, including several annual community events, fairs, and festivals.

A Place to Enjoy Year-Round Outdoor Adventure

Located at 2,842 feet in elevation, Boise is within minutes of mountains offering many recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, skiing, and sightseeing. Residents are able to enjoy these and other activities because of Boise’s generally moderate climate, typically low humidity, and sparse snowfall in the winter. The mean temperature is 51 degrees, and average yearly precipitation is only 12 inches.

Boise River; photo by Mark Ellsworth

Boise River; photo by Mark Ellsworth

Our Boise State campus sits on the Boise River and 25-miles of Greenbelt. A small distance from campus, you will find 130 miles of trails to hike, ride, or run. Love winter sports? Bogus Basin is 16.5 miles from the Boise State campus. Water sports more of your thing? Idaho has more whitewater than any of the lower 48 states–much of it a day trip from campus. Need someone to show you how it’s done? Visit Campus Rec to join an upcoming trip or for outdoor recreation rentals, including rafts, kayaks, climbing, and camping gear. There’s a reason Outside Magazine voted Boise as one of the best towns for adventure and one of the best River Towns in America.

Hiking and biking are popular pastimes in the beautiful Boise foothills.

Cycling in the Boise foothills; photo by Allison Corona

Boise also has an active and avid cycling community. Get support for your cycling habit at the Boise State Cycle Learning Center or at the nearby nonprofit Boise Bicycle Project. Want to celebrate with other like-minded cyclists? Join the annual Tour de Fat parade every August.

A Hub for Music and the Arts

If you love music, SXSW called Boise one of the hottest music cities. Who are we to argue? Don’t have the cash to travel out of town for spring break? Spend spring break at the annual Treefort Music Festival.

Idaho Dance Theatre, Fall Performance 2015, photo by John Kelly.

Idaho Dance Theatre, Fall Performance 2015; photo by John Kelly

A 2016 survey also found that Idahoans are some of the largest supporters of the arts. We’re second in the nation for movie-goers; fifth in the nation for reading literature, such novels, poetry, and plays; and sixth in the nation for people who attend performing and visual arts. Boise’s culture reflects this trend, with several movie theaters running first-run films and indie hits (including the Flicks theater, where you can enjoy beer, wine, desserts, and espresso with your movie); and the popular annual Art in the Park event, hosted by the Boise Art Museum. Boise State’s Morrison Center — ranked #2 in the nation for university venues for live entertainment — features a variety of top-quality performing arts events; and Taco Bell Arena hosts some of the biggest names in entertainment. The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State supports these and other efforts by involving students, faculty, staff, and Boise community members to celebrate and research the arts.

But don’t just take our word for it. Come and visit to discover Boise for yourself. To learn more about Boise, visit