Dreaming of a place where incredible skiing is just minutes away?
Where you're a short drive from wilderness where the deer and the antelope really do play? (Not to mention elk, moose, bighorn sheep and river otters.)
Where you can see opera or live theater without searching for parking or fighting traffic?
Stop dreaming and pack your bags for a virtual visit to the Treasure Valley!
No longer just for the outdoor lover, southwest Idaho has become a haven for those seeking a better life. With mountains at your front door and rivers pulsing through the heart of vibrant communities, the Treasure Valley has everything you're looking for.
The Treasure Valley spans the Snake River plain from Mountain Home, Idaho, in the east to Ontario, Oregon at the west. Its varied terrain includes high deserts, mountains, forests, lush farmland and river valleys. Within it you'll find tiny communities that have changed little in the last hundred years and the vibrant capital city of Idaho, Boise, a growing, thriving commercial and business center that retains the charm of a small town.
Boise's trees in the high desert setting inspired French Canadian fur trappers to name the river and valley after them (Boise translates to wooded in English). The Boise valley remained merely a corridor through which emigrants passed until gold was discovered in 1862. Enterprising developers established the town to supply the many nearby mining camps, and to serve as a governmental center. A fort was built in 1863, and in 1864 Boise was made the territorial capital. Railroads arrived in the 1880's, an irrigation system in the early 1900's, and the rest is history.