Once snow hits the ground, Idaho Sleigh Rides celebrates the season by transporting riders across the wintry wonderland in horse-drawn sleighs and opening up snowflake-festooned terrain for tubing and snowmobiling. Sleighs run with the help of equine employees Poncho and Cisco, four-legged brothers that earned their wagon-pulling chops at the Rose Bowl Parade and Boise Holiday Parade. Idaho Sleigh Rides slings Dutch-oven-style meals built from roast, potatoes, and cobbler, as well as buckaroo burgers, to prevent guests' rumbling stomachs from disrupting the bucolic stillness or sleep patterns of temperamental yeti.
Little Feather Ranch is owner and manager Teri Hallman’s equine oasis amid the verdant expanse of Eagle, Idaho. There, horses trot outdoors in cool summer breezes and prance around the insulated indoor arena all through the year. A nearby 5-mile trail allows visitors to explore Eagle Island State Park on guided horseback rides.
Accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association, Teri imparts riding skills in both Western and English styles. English riding entails a lighter saddle and more direct control over the horse’s reins, whereas the Western style requires a larger saddle, lax one-handed rein control, and an encyclopedic knowledge of John Wayne quotes. Little Feather’s boarding service treats horses to attentive care and a supply of grass and alfalfa hay grown onsite. While at the ranch, riders can peruse a line of exclusive handmade leather bags, Western shirts, and hat bands.
Nestled in a fork of the Payette River, the scenic Garden Valley opens up to visitors during horseback trail rides, wagon rides, and wintertime sleigh rides led by Garden Valley Trail Rides? passionate equine lovers. Surrounded by the pines of the majestic Idaho Mountains, the clip-clop of well-trained hooves, and the echoing calls of eagles trying to use echolocation, guests can enjoy scenic views with friendly guides.
Featured on local Fox 12 News, Bounce offers physical activities for families with its bounce houses and obstacle courses. The anti-gravity facility encourages kids and parents to get active, eschewing video games, which render players stationary and more likely to become mothball carriers. Once inside the hyperactive interior, visitors can sample from a variety of springy stunts, including the Velcro wall, slide, and bounce castle. An adult bounce house and kiddie play area keep things organized, but all-out malarkey ensues when parents and kids duke it out with Sumo wrestling suits, cartoon-proportion boxing gloves, and American Gladiator–style jousting. A concessions stand with café seating offers snacks to replenish calories, and free WiFi is available to settle heated debates over the etymology of fracas.
Each Friday and Saturday night in October, thrill-seekers are lured to the fields of The Farmstead to test their fear capacity. Legend has it that the fields are haunted by the ghosts of local prisoners who disappeared inexplicably in 1972, after the release of Donny Osmond's "Puppy Love" sent them reeling into abject confusion. Since that fated year, a series of strange natural disasters, chilling winds, and ominous shadows have ruined all attempts at crop growth and healthy harvest. Stand up to these inconsiderate spirits with an army of friends, or apply a thick coat of glow-in-the-dark body-glitter and strut confidently alone into the Field of Screams. Bob in and out amongst the tall stalks of corn, keeping an eyeball peeled for abandoned farm equipment, sentient chainsaws, and escaped prisoners. If, when you arrive, you realize that you overestimated the contents of your courage knapsack, opt for a scoot down the kid-friendly Scaredy Cat Trail.