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Shoshone County is commonly referred to as the Silver Valley, due to its century-old mining history. The Silver Valley is famous nationwide for the vast amounts of silver, lead, and zinc mined from it. Nestled between the Coeur d'Alene Mountains and the Bitterroot Range, the Silver Valley region is over 80% forest-owned land managed by State and federal entities, has hidden seasonal trails and historic paved wonders to bring you up close and personal with a natural treasure.
The Coeur d'Alenes Old Mission, (Exit 39) located at Old Mission State Park was constructed in 1854 by Jesuit priests. The structure has foot-thick walls that were built without the use of nails and designed in the tradition of grandeur native Italian cathedrals.
Be sure to plan a visit to Silver Mountain Resort and treat yourself to an elevating adventure by planning a ride to the top in North America's longest single-stage gondola. During the summer months, tee off at Silver Mountain's 9 hole golf course, Galena Ridge, offering golfers of all abilities stunning mountain views, with some very dramatic elevation changes. Enjoy patio dining, hiking, adventurous mountain biking and other activities. Surf's up! Learn to surf in the indoor water park, roughly the size of two football fields. It includes a lazy river, kids play area, slides, flow rider surf wave and swirling pools.
Wallace, "Silver Capital of The World", (Exit 61), is one of a few towns in its entirety listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is always worth a visit. Lookout Pass, is a recreation site straddling the Idaho-Montana border. Year round, the Lookout Pass area is another prime departure site for snowmobiling, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking in the Bitterroot Mountains of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.
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If you are visiting Idaho for the first time it can take years to explore this mountainous state. We recommend three areas you might find interesting:
Bear Lake County which contains Bear Lake, a large scenic lake often called "Caribbean of the Rockies" for its intense turquoise blue water;
Lemhi County family oriented adventures, from fishing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, camping, to white water rafting, and kayaking;
Adams County with gateways to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and, to the west is the Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area, the deepest river gorge in North America.
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