Category Archives: Garden Valley Idaho

Fun for the entire family, the Soap Box Derby race is FREE for kids 7 to 17!

What is a Soap Box Derby? Race head to head down a 300′ long course on “coaster” cars provided by local sponsors.

Bring your bike helmet and a parent to sign the release of liability.

The cars have steering and brakes and the kids control them. The course has “start ramps” for the fearless kids or those that are a bit timid can start below the ramps. The course is lined with hay bales and volunteers (more still needed) help to keep the race safe and flowing.

Spectators have many options along the course to hang out in and even have dinner.

Welcome Our Newest Member – Idaho Pest Control Crew

Idaho Pest Control Crew

PO Box 206
Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629
208-793-1307 cell
Jesse Goff –
Patrick Goff –

IPCC, LLC is a locally owned and family operated pest control company, that doesn’t want to kill all the pests…just yours! We pride ourselves in making sure our customers are happy and satisfied with our service. We will go out of our way to keep pests out of your way!

North Fork Championship VII

The North Fork Championship; an adventurous kayaking event that is located at the gateway of Garden Valley, the North Fork of the Payette River. “They said it’s the rowdiest white water event in the world. Maybe it is, but that’s just how we do it in Idaho.” -Ryan Bailey

Idaho has some of the most beautiful scenery. The quiet serenity of Idaho’s Mountain ranges are home to many peaceful locations. For outdoor enthusiasts, it can also be the source of wild fun! Garden Valley offers everything from kayaking adventures to hiking up to peaceful hot springs.

“It’s beautiful. There’s not many places left on the planet that have the attributes of Idaho. When I arrived in Idaho for the first time, and drove up to the South Fork of the Payette, I got on this wave and I parked there and I knew I was home. I ended up actually moving to Idaho. It’s this combination of wilderness and no people.” -Gerry Moffat

Enjoy the video of last year’s North Fork Championship. Don’t forget to check back on the blog for upcoming events in Garden Valley!

Want to watch this year’s competition in person? It’s happening June 15-17, 2018.  Find out more at

Click below to watch an amazing video from the Noth Fork Championship:

Press Release: Crouch Changes Fireworks Plans and will Develop a More Traditional 4th of July

March 12, 2017

Press Release: Crouch Changes Fireworks Plans and will Develop a More Traditional 4th of July.

From: Greater Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Fourth of July celebrations in Crouch, Idaho are changing and working towards a family friendly environment. Past years have seen the use of personal firework escalate in the small mountain town and city leaders are changing that this year. Plans are underway for a traditional Independence Day that brings families to town with events, food and music for every taste.

Crouch will be full of activities throughout the day that include duck races, rafting races, children’s activities, vendors throughout town, lot of food, beer gardens and music.  The evening will include a parade with the highly anticipated “wet” section of the parade. Participants in the wet section of the parade enjoy blasting water on people watching from the sidelines. Anyone can expect to get wet by blasts from fire trucks and rafting company busses. Many from the audience are prepared for a water soaking exchange by bringing their own water balloons and super soakers.

Later in the evening several restaurants and bars will have plans for exciting bands, music and entertainment. The outdoor Starlight Mountain Theater will have performances from 8-11PM. There is going to be something for everyone.

Only one permit is given for fireworks and that is to Adam Nokes for the Chamber fireworks display. There will still be a Chamber sponsored fireworks show that starts around dusk in Crouch this Fourth of July, as in years past, however this year it might be even more spectacular without the side confusion of the illegal fireworks!

The street in Crouch where the fireworks have normally been set off is privately owned. The property owners have voiced that they don’t want the chaotic fireworks on their property anymore. People will not be permitted to shoot off fireworks – even legal, safe and sane fireworks – like they have in years past.  The Sheriff will enforce the trespassing/no fireworks ordinance in central Crouch as well as normal crowd control and assistance.  The efforts now are to re-establish firework rules following Idaho law.

A safe and sane Crouch 4th of July with emphasis on activities during the day, a town parade, and the Chamber fireworks display will be the supported plans of the Greater Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Information:

Diane Caughlin
President – Greater Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce
609 S. Middlefork Rd.
Garden Valley, Idaho 83622
208-462-4620 / fax 208-462-3321

How Traveling to the Mountains Can Improve Your Well-Being

Any form of travel can improve your well-being by lowering your stress levels, giving you a break from the regular grind of work and home, and exposing you to new ideas, cultures, and foods. While some people think that setting their sights on a beach is the best way to relax, others are learning that heading to the mountains is one of the best choices for finding serenity.

It’s all about the mountain air

The phrase “mountain fresh” isn’t just something manufacturers put on scented products. The cool, crisp air you will find in the mountains of the United States is like no other. The fresh mountain air will invigorate your senses, give you energy, and make you want to hike or walk trails longer than ever before. No matter which North American mountains you choose to visit, you’ll come across huge, beautiful trees that release all of the oxygen you need to feel alive and improve your overall health and well-being by getting fresh oxygen to your lungs, muscles, and brain.

Soak in Vitamin D from the sun

When you’re out and about in the mountains and soaking up nature, your skin soaks up natural vitamin D from the sun. Of course, wearing sunblock is important if you will be out during the most intense rays between 10 am and 4 pm, but getting the right amount of sunlight also boosts your mood because sunlight increases the brain’s levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that helps us feel calm and focused, and low levels of serotonin lead to seasonal affective disorder.

Get some exercise

When you visit the mountains, you are more likely to exercise while on vacation. North America is full of hiking trails and scenic nature trails that give you a chance to view beautiful views, see powerful waterfalls, listen to babbling brooks, and watch wildlife and birds. Of course, you can choose the degree of difficulty of the hikes and decide if you’d rather take a brisk stroll through the woods or push yourself to take a strenuous hike that leads to vistas and peaks for the best views America has to offer.

Play in the valleys

One of the best parts of traveling to the mountains is visiting the valleys between them. One such valley that you definitely want to include in your travel itinerary is Garden Valley, Idaho. Garden Valley offers mountain peaks 7,000 feet above the horizon, tranquil meadows stretching across the valley, and the exciting South Fork of the Payette River. The valley has a rich history of gold mining, countless hot springs, exceptional wildlife viewing.

Rafters and kayakers especially enjoy visiting Garden Valley, ID, because the South Fork of the Payette River is wild and turbulent as it runs through deep canyons. The Payette River system has whitewater classifications of I-Iv, and visitors can choose to go on partial-day, full-day, and overnight trips spring through autumn. Spending time in Garden Valley, Idaho, gives travelers a sense of wonder and excitement as they explore all that the valley has to offer.

Indulge your desire for adventure

Some people like to get their adrenaline pumping and re-energize themselves by finding adventure and thrills in the mountains of North America. Adventure-seekers flock to the mountains for everything from hiking and ziplining to skiing and whitewater rafting. Some of the most adventurous travelers choose to hike and whitewater raft in the Grand Canyon, while others hike, bike, and horseback ride in Yosemite National Park. Rock climbers especially love to trek to Anchorage, Alaska, to tackle the cliffs of Chugach State Park. Hikers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers also choose to visit this part of Alaska, and families can enjoy easier hiking in Alaska by choosing to follow the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in North America’s mountains, you’re sure to benefit from the fresh, crisp air, sunlight, and adventures that await you in nature.