Just an hour north of Boise, Garden Valley lies in a valley formed by the confluence of the South and Middle Forks of the Payette River. Here you’ll find the leisurely pace and friendliness of a small mountain town, and some of southwestern Idaho’s most prestigious housing subdivisions.
The tiny town of Crouch is part of Garden Valley, and its old buildings retain the rustic flavor of the old West. The community is on the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway, eight miles east of Highway 55. Mountain peaks soar to 7000 feet above the town and below it stretch meadows bisected by the meandering South Fork of the Payette River. Those meadows provide winter range to large herds of elk and deer and host numerous migratory birds such as Canadian geese and eagle, osprey, heron and hawks.
The Payette River system offers whitewater classifications from I to IV. Outfitters offer half-day, full day and overnight trips spring through autumn.