5 Incredible Wilderness Areas near Harrison, Idaho

Spring is in the air at Red Horse Mountain Ranch, and we hope you’re as excited as we are to shake off the winter blues! As the melting snowpack trickles down from the highlands, we’re thinking about songbirds returning from their winter vacations, crickets chirping at night, and warm weather horseback riding! If you’ve never been to Harrison, Idaho, you’ll be happy to learn how many wilderness areas are close to RHMR. And although we have several adventurous activities at the ranch, we always encourage a little exploring while you’re here, on your way, or heading home. To shed some light on the options, we’d like to share five nearby Idaho wilderness areas to help you maximize your vacation.

Coeur d’Alene Old Mission State Park

Home to the oldest building in Idaho, Coeur d’Alene Old Mission State Park offers a unique educational recreation experience. The mission is the perfect place to stop while exploring the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. Amenities include a boat ramp, picnic areas, water fountains, and indoor restrooms. 

Thompson Lake Wildlife Refuge

The Thompson Lake Wildlife Refuge is a must-stop destination for nature enthusiasts, best known for its fantastic bird-watching opportunities. And with free year-round access, you won’t have to worry about cutting into your vacation budget! Raptors like ospreys and eagles are the most popular attractions, but you’ll also find an abundance of white swans and other waterfowl. There is also a considerable amount of non-avian wildlife.

Heyburn State Park

As the longest-running state park in the Pacific Northwest, Heyburn State Park has a storied past. With around 8,000 acres, this year-round recreation area resides on the southern end of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Boasting a bevy of activities, including hiking, fishing, and boating, Heyburn State Park lives up to its status as the first Idaho state park.

Coeur d’Alene Parkway State Park

Coeur d’Alene Parkway State Park is an excellent destination for those who love trails. Featuring a paved path, families with youngsters can easily navigate the nearly six miles of scenic beauty along the northern shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Head to Higgens Point for a picturesque picnic over the lake.

Mineral Ridge Scenic Area and National Recreation Trail

Mineral Ridge Scenic Area and National Recreation Trail is a beautiful forest ecosystem with dense vegetation. Upon arriving at Mineral Ridge, you’ll find a day-use picnic spot serving as the primary entrance for the 3.3-mile trail ahead. The lush pathway rewards its challengers with sweeping views of Coeur d’Alene Lake and twenty-two interpretive stations highlighting the flora, fauna, and history.

Northern Idaho’s All-Inclusive Family Dude Ranch Resort

A wide-angle view of the guest lodge where visitors stay for dude ranch vacations.The wilderness areas in our neck of the woods play an essential role in making Red Horse Mountain Ranch an ideal Idaho retreat destination. From hiking the trails to checking off new bird species, there are seemingly endless outdoor recreation opportunities around every corner. To learn more about how we can help create an unforgettable vacation for you and your loved ones, feel free to contact us online or call 888-689-9680 today!