Whether you decide to follow the Peninsula Biking Trail for a mile from the Visitor Center, or to challenge yourself with the mile long Huckleberry Bay Mt. Trail, Ponderosa State Park cabins offer outward bound types plenty of opportunities.
A variety of hiking trails wind through the park's Ponderosa pines. Whether you prefer to hike or bike through the wilderness, there is a trail for you. On the way, you will discover scenic views such as at Osprey Point, from where you might just spot the eponymous species or even a bald eagle soaring high overhead.
As you canter through the park's miles of spectacular equestrian trails, look out for deer, moose and beaver. Songbirds serenade you as you explore picturesque lakeside pathways.
Departing from the Visitor Center, you can take part in Ranger-led guided hikes through the park's spectacular flora and fauna. Trained naturalists explain the park's fascinating features, while you traverse sagebrush scrubland and serene forests.
Families are well catered for at Ponderosa State Park. Whether you arrive in summer or winter, your family can indulge in a variety of outdoor activities. From messing around in boats on Payette Lake to Nordic skiing through a pristine winter paradise and wildlife spotting, your family can play and relax all day at Ponderosa State Park.
Whether you and your family prefer cross country skiing or trudging through the scenic wilderness on snowshoes, the winter activities at the park are a magical way of exploring its scenery. Try the easy Northern Lights trail from the Activity Center to the lake, or snowshoe the forested Meadow Marsh Trail.
Learn more about this pristine park beneath thousands of stars during ranger talks around the campfire. You will hear about the natural heritage of the park, as well as about the latest conservation efforts. Toast marshmallows on the campfire as you listen.
Rent a boat and float out on the clear waters of Payette Lake. Your family will be thrilled by the diversity of wildlife that awaits them in the lake's coves and inlets. Several boat ramps allow you to embark in your own craft, or you can hire one at the park. In the summer swimming is also popular at the lake.