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Outdoor Recreation

We make the great outdoors just a little bit greater. The Latah Trail offers 13 miles of terrain for biking, hiking and sightseeing, and the town’s extensive trails connect our neighborhoods and greenways. Extend your nature escape by enjoying nearby national forests, wildlife areas and other public lands.

Bill Chipman Palouse Trail

These trails are ideal for walking, running, biking, and skating. This system of trails offers over 38 miles of paved pathways! The Latah Trail connects with the Paradise Path and runs parallel to State Highway 8 (Troy Highway) between Moscow and Troy. The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail consists of seven miles of smooth pathway between Pullman and Moscow along Highway 270, and is open dawn to dusk year-round. The Chipman Trail connects with Moscow’s Paradise Path, a 1.47 mile non-motorized trail between the UI campus and downtown Moscow. The Pullman Parks and Recreation Trail System and Downtown River Walk connect with the Chipman Trail.

Climbing Wall at the University of Idaho

Located in the University of Idaho Student Recreation Center. Experience the most comprehensive climbing facility of its kind in North America – featuring a 55 foot pillar and 6,000 square feet of climbing area. Visit our website for rates and rules.

Dworshak Dam & Visitor’s Center

Dworshak Dam and Visitor’s Center is in a forested and open meadow setting on the western shore of Dworshak Reservoir, a 53- mile long popular boating and fishing spot. Recreation includes a bike path, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, and wildlife viewing. Facilities available include a boat launch, campground, docks, firewood, handicap access, parking, picnic area, rest rooms, RV dump site, and a Visitor’s Center.

Dworshak State Park

Dworshak State Park is 50 miles southeast of Moscow on Dworshak Reservoir. The park offers 105 RV and tent camping spaces near Freeman Creek, a day-use shelter, archery range, and boat ramp. The park also features a playground. The Big Eddy Marina offers 100 boat slips and the only gas sales on the lake.

Ed Corkill Memorial Trail

The trail begins near Kendrick High School and runs along state Highway 3 and scenic Potlatch Creek for 5.3 miles ending at the Juliaetta Centennial Park and baseball field.

Elk Creek Falls Recreation Area

Elk Creek Falls Recreation area is 54 miles east of Moscow. A series of sparkling cascades plunge almost 300 feet into a picturesque forest canyon. The hike into the falls is just under one mile on a clearly marked trail.

Hells Gate State Park

Hells Gate State Park includes 200 developed acres that border the Snake River as the gateway into Hells Canyon, famous for being North America’s deepest gorge. There is plenty of grassy space for picnicking and other activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and wildlife viewing. The park offers 93 RV and tent camp sites, eight cabins, and a Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. Hells Gate Marina has over 100 boat slips available on a daily to yearly basis.

Hobo Cedar Grove Botanical Area

Hobo Cedar Grove Botanical Area has old growth trees that were just seedlings in 1492. It is now one of the oldest cedar groves in the world. The 240-acre grove is dominated by a dense canopy of large western red cedar with a carpet of lady fern. The trail has a gentle gradient making it accessible to older persons or those with moderate physical impairments. The trail width is about 40 inches. An occasional log bench provides seating along the trail.

Idler’s Rest Conservatory

This conservatory is just northeast of Moscow and offers idyllic woods adjacent to the Palouse farmlands, a perfect haven for hikers and families.

Kamiak Butte County Park

Reaching an elevation of 3,641 feet, Kamiak Butte offers breath- taking, panoramic views of the Palouse and over five miles of hiking trails through beautiful forests. Steptoe Butte is famous for its dramatic beauty and the panoramic view it provides of surrounding farmlands, mountains, ranges and peaks.

Laird Park

Laird Park is just 38 miles north of Moscow and situated next to the Palouse River. Amenities include 31 campsites, picnic tables and a swimming area surrounded by lush pine and cedar trees.

Little Boulder Creek Campground & Picnic Area

Little Boulder Creek Campground is just 28.5 miles east of Moscow on the Potlatch River. The campground has 17 campsites and a group RV site, snuggled among trees with a short hiking trail connecting the sites. Fishing for trout in Boulder Creek is a great way to relax and unwind.

Mary Minerva McCroskey State Park

This 5,300-acre ridgeline park is dedicated to pioneer women. McCroskey State Park’s highlight is an 18-mile skyline drive through the park on unpaved roads providing spectacular views of the rolling Palouse country and access to 32 miles of multi-purpose trails. Facilities include a group day use shelter, primitive camping areas and picnic areas.

Moscow Mountain

Moscow Mountain overlooks the city of Moscow with a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful Palouse countryside. You can travel down the gravel and dirt roads as they wind around the ridge with cedars, pines, ferns, colorful flowers and wildlife fill the unspoiled countryside. From northeast Moscow, follow Mountain View Road to a variety of scenic viewpoints.

Moscow School District Community Playfields

Opened in 2015, the Moscow School District Community Playfields features multiple softball, baseball and multi-use fields to accommodate a variety of sports and activities as well as a field house with a concessions stand, locker rooms, and announcer’s booth. Features include ADA Accessible, Baseball / Softball Diamond, Drinking Fountain, Parking, Restrooms, Soccer Field, and Walking Track.

Nez Perce National Historical Park

Nez Perce National Historical Park offers a unique perspective of the American West – not from the Mississippi River looking west, but from an ancient homeland looking out. The park stretches across much of the traditional homeland of the Nez Perce.

Paradise Creek Bicycles

Paradise Creek Bicycles offers guided bike tours for all skill levels. Try a leisurely ride from Moscow to Troy, Idaho or make the trek to Moscow Mountain.  Enjoy the beautiful scenery while hearing about the history and stories surrounding some of our area’s scenic trails.

PCEI Nature Center

Visitors are always welcome at the PCEI Nature Center! At 1040 Rodeo Drive, the Nature Center is open dawn to  dusk seven days a week. Enjoy many features such as nature trails, universally accessible pathway, wetlands, outdoor art, sustainable living projects (check out the Jim LaFortune Memorial “Groover” and the Nancy Taylor Welcome Pavilion), Bikes for Tykes and more!

Rambler RV Park

Rambler RV Park of Moscow, Idaho is beautiful, modern and clean RV Resort serving nearby Pullman, Washington, Lewiston, Idaho and Moscow, Idaho as well as surrounding communities! This new RV park offers all of the amenities you come to expect in your travels along with beautiful scenery and quick and easy access to local attractions.

Robinson County Park

This park and camping ground is located only a few miles east of Moscow, Idaho. 54 acres of green clearings, tree lined trails, and picnic areas has only a few spots for RV campers with electrical hook-ups and water faucets. Tent campers have a wide choice of places to settle, with installed grills and fire rings placed throughout the designated camp. Registration is unreserved and completed onsite by placing records in boxes. This site does not provide showers.

Snake River Trail

An hour west of Moscow via Washington state Highway 194. Stretches 4 ½ miles from the bank of historic Almota Creek through Boyer Park and eastward to the base of Lower Granite Dam. The trail features handicap and non-motorized access as well as a series of six interpretive signs.

Spring Valley Reservoir

These reservoirs are favorite fishing holes for local residents, and offer plenty of fishing as they are stocked with trout and bass. Picnic tables and restrooms are available at both locations as well as overnight camping.

Tri-State Outfitters: Rentals

Rent top quality Recreational Kayaks, Canoes and Stand-Up Paddle Boards at Tri-State Outfitters! Paddle your way to fitness and fun, simply, and inexpensively.
Enjoying the Great Outdoors should never be difficult! So, explore and enjoy the many local waterways using a rented craft from Tri-State! All it takes is an impression of your debit or credit card – and away you go! No cash deposit, no multi-day minimum. No hassles. Each rental includes: 1) A registered/licensed watercraft 2) Appropriate paddle(s) 3) Appropriate personal floatation device(s).
Stand-Up Paddle Board Rentals – $30/Day
Kayak Rentals – $30/Day
Canoe Rentals – $40/Day
Senior and Veterans Discounts Available.

University of Idaho Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Organized into geographical groupings of Asian, European, Eastern and Western North American sections, this garden displays plantings of hundreds of species, cultivars of northern temperate trees and shrubs and a xeriscape garden. In addition to native Idaho species, there are over 120 dedicated trees and groves, trails, water features, and 27 granite benches for viewing, studying, contemplation, and enjoying northern Idaho’s spectacular seasonal changes.

University of Idaho Rental Center

The largest Outdoor Rental Center in the Pacific Northwest, they have rentals for all your adventures including rafting, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, camping, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, mountaineering, and more! Located in the University of Idaho Student Recreation Center, the rental center is open to the public Monday-Friday. Visit the website for a full list of equipment and pricing. Visit the rental center to reserve your gear in advance to ensure you get everything you need.

Virgil Phillips Farm

Virgil Philips Farm is five miles north of Moscow off U.S. Highway 95. This 160-acre farm showcases two small ponds with ducks, frogs, salamanders, and turtles. For more information or a list of current events at the park, please contact Latah County Parks & Recreation at (208) 883-5709.