Garden Valley is located 51 miles (82 km) north of Boise, Idaho, just northwest of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. The Garden Valley area runs along highway 17, the Wild Canyon Scenic Byway. 5000 miles of trails are found here, passing by geysers and a rushing river popular with whitewater rafters. Campgrounds, cabins, trailer vacation rentals and more are available in the area. A friend at EarthSKy says, “Garden Valley is very near the newly designated Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. Far enough from Boise, the valley is not affected by the glow of a city. This wide valley provides a phenomenal view of the night sky in all directions, and with dozens of access points to public lands, it is easy to find a secluded spot for stargazing. While there are many good places to camp/set up a chair/telescope (Hot Springs Campground, Station Creek TH, Peace Creek, etc), Weilmunster Park in Crouch is one of the most easily accessible. In 2017, we were lucky to be in the path of totality for the solar eclipse–it was breathtaking.”
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