Zimo picks Idaho's 10 best views. What's your favorite?

pzimowsky@idahostatesman.comSeptember 26, 2013 

  • WHAT’S YOUR VIEW ON BEST VIEWS?

    OK, since we’ve suggested some of the best views in Idaho, it’s probably started a few arguments.

    Email us what you think is the best view in Idaho. Send it to pzimowsky@idahostatesman.com, with "Best View" as the subject.

Here’s an impossible story to write, but it was a lot of fun to research over the years.

What are the 10 best views in Idaho, a state that has thousands upon thousands of incredible views?

What does a good view need? A heart-stopping panorama? Miles and miles of scenery? A lake? A meandering river? A canyon? Seeing 50 to 100 miles across an open desert?

What makes it even more difficult is that views change during the seasons.

I’ve definitely opened a can of worms. Ask anyone and you’ll get totally different answers.

“Millionaire’s Hole, Harriman State Park, with the Tetons in the background. Stunning,” said Jennifer Okerlund, spokeswoman with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

The department’s nonmotorized trails coordinator, Leo Hennessy, is adamant about his best view.

“The Stargaze Yurt in the Boise National Forest just before sunset. You have a 270-degree view, and you can see the following mountains and mountain ranges, from left to right: Scott Mountain, the north end of the Sawtooth Range, Jackson Peak Lookout, Wolf Mountain, Goat Mountain, Steele Mountain, the Trinities, Sunset Peak Lookout and Pilot Peak,” he said.

Hennessy said that after a hard day of mountain biking or snowshoeing, there is nothing better than kicking back in a big chair on the Stargaze Yurt deck at sunset.

I hadn’t even thought of those two suggestions, even though I’ve been at both places.

OK, let’s get the conversation going with my 10 suggestions in this photo gallery. Send me photos of your favorite view at pzimowsky@idahostatesman.com.

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors

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