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Experience Outdoor Activities in North Idaho | The Coeur d'Alene Resort

Explore  NORTH IDAHO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

The woods, waters, and trails are calling—ready to go exploring? At The Coeur d’Alene Resort, we offer you a haven, a sanctuary for those seeking remarkable outdoor activities. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer of thrilling escapades or a budding enthusiast, Idaho presents a realm of unparalleled opulence and boundless natural wonders for you to uncover by land or water.

Complimentary Bike Rental

Explore downtown Coeur d'Alene on two wheels at your own speed. Complimentary bike rentals are available through our front desk based on availability*. *Memorial Day - Labor Day

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Cycling

North Idaho offers excellent outdoor experiences for cycling with its rugged terrain, scenic trails, and varied landscapes. The area is home to several world-class mountain biking destinations such as Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Silver Mountain Resort, and Canfield Mountain. These destinations offer a wide range of trails for all skill levels, from smooth and flowy singletrack to technical and challenging downhill runs. In addition to the resorts, there are also many public trails and bike parks throughout the region, such as the Route of the Hiawatha and Farragut State Park, which offer miles of scenic riding.

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Parks

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho has several beautiful parks located near downtown that are popular with locals and visitors alike. McEuen Park is a recently renovated park with a playground, splash pad, as well as picnic areas, and a dog park. The City Park, located along the lake waterfront, features a wooden playground, a beach area, and a large grassy area for playing and picnicking. Independence Point is another waterfront park with stunning views of Lake Coeur d'Alene and paved steps down into the lake which is the perfect place to catch a sunset.

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Scenic Drives

One of the most popular routes is the Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway, which follows the shoreline of Lake Coeur d'Alene and offers stunning views of the water and surrounding mountains. Another great drive is the Mineral Ridge Scenic Area, which features a 3-mile loop road that winds through dense forests and offers panoramic views of the lake and surrounding valleys. For a longer drive, visitors can take the Panhandle Historic Rivers Passage, which covers 36 miles and passes through historic towns, scenic waterways, and beautiful forests.

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Scenic Sunsets

Marvel in the golden hour at various locations at The Coeur d’Alene Resort for countless photo ops with the sunset over the lake making memorable outdoor experiences! From rooftop terraces to the floating boardwalk, there are myriad stops amidst endless painted skies. MORE DETAILS (External link opens in new tab or window)

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Snowshoeing

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is a winter wonderland with endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, including snowshoeing. With over 55 km of groomed trails in the area, snowshoers of all skill levels can enjoy exploring the stunning natural landscapes that surround the town. The Mineral Ridge Trail, in particular, is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, offering breathtaking views of the Coeur d'Alene Lake and the surrounding mountains.  Other top locations to meander peacefully through the pines is Canfield Mountain, 4th of July Pass or Lookout Pass Nordic Ski Area.

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Stargazing

Idaho's pristine natural beauty, clear skies, and relatively low levels of light pollution make it an ideal location for observing the night sky. One of the best places to stargaze in Coeur d'Alene is Tubbs Hill,  this 120-acre park is located right in the heart of downtown Coeur d'Alene or Mineral Ridge Scenic Area, which is located just a few miles east of Coeur d'Alene. MORE DETAILS (External link opens in new tab or window)

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Theme Parks

Silverwood is one of the largest theme parks in the Pacific Northwest, with over 70 rides and attractions, including several roller coasters and a variety of family-friendly activities. The park continues to expand and improve, with new rides and attractions added regularly to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience. Additionally, visitors can cool off on Boulder Beach, the park's water park area, or take a scenic ride on the historic steam engine train.

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Zip Lining

Soar through Coeur d’Alene’s #1 rated outdoor adventure with 7-World Class Ziplines, 2 Breathtaking Sky Bridges and 2 thrilling Auto-Belays. Go for epic and cap your experience with our brand new Treehouse suspended 30 Feet in the air at Timberline Adventures.

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Skiing

Visiting skiers and snowboarders can easily plan a memorable day on the slopes with over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain and an average annual snowfall of 300 inches, skiers of all levels can enjoy an unforgettable experience on the mountains. Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho, is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the region, attracting visitors from all over the country. With over 2,900 acres of skiable terrain, 92 runs, and 10 lifts, there's something for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The resort's peak elevation of 6,400 feet and an average annual snowfall of 300 inches make for excellent conditions throughout the winter season. The Silver Mountain Resort, located just 30 miles east of Coeur d'Alene, offers a variety of runs for all levels, as well as a terrain park for those who want to test their skills. Meanwhile, the Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area, located 80 miles east of Coeur d'Alene, offers some of the best powder skiing in the region. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced skier, Coeur d'Alene has something to offer everyone, making it a must-visit destination for winter sports enthusiasts.

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Snowmobiling

Weave your way through snow-packed mountain tops. Everything from heart pounding adventures to family-friendly trails - Idaho's wintery paradise is one of the top snowmobiling destinations.

Ice Rink

Ice Skating

Skate on the downtown outdoor ice rink with beautiful surrounding views of Tubbs Hill and Lake Coeur d'Alene. This pop-up seasonal rink is complemented by a snack shack featuring loaded hot cocoa, string lights, outdoor fire pits and private igloos. MORE DETAILS (External link opens in new tab or window)

Cruise Boat

Cruises

Come aboard one of several exciting lake cruises to experience Lake Coeur d’Alene as it is intended to be viewed. The Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruise fleet departs daily from The Coeur d'Alene Resort all summer long for scenic tours, holiday specials, late morning brunches and evening sunset dinner cruises. MORE DETAILS (External link opens in new tab or window)

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Hiking

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is surrounded by beautiful wilderness areas and offers a variety of hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts. Some popular hiking spots include Tubbs Hill, which is located in the heart of downtown and offers several trails of varying difficulty that wind through forests and offer stunning views of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Another great hiking spot is the nearby Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail, which is a moderate 3.3-mile hike that offers panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Additionally, visitors can explore the trails at Canfield Mountain Natural Area, which features over 20 miles of hiking trails that wind through dense forests and open meadows. Other popular hiking destinations in the area include the Centennial Trail, which stretches for 23 miles along the Spokane River, and the nearby Selkirk Mountains, which offer more challenging hikes for experienced hikers.

Boat Rental

Boating

The best way to explore the pristine waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene is by private boat. Your family and friends will love wandering along hundreds of miles of unique shoreline with a rental from the Boardwalk Marina. Choose between a Sport Boat or Luxury Pontoon Boat to create your own lakeside adventure. MORE DETAILS (External link opens in new tab or window)

Guided Paddleboard Tours

Guided Paddleboard Tours

Enjoy a one-hour guided paddleboard tour on Lake Coeur d'Alene! This fun-filled tour departs daily (9AM-10AM) from The Boardwalk Marina at The Coeur d'Alene Resort and heads in whichever direction the guests want to go: whether that's towards the scenery of Tubbs Hill, or towards the live-action at City Beach, we guarantee you will love the views. MORE DETAILS (External link opens in new tab or window)

Paddle Board Rentals

Paddleboard Rentals

There’s nothing quite like being right on the water—inches away from the ripple of a wave. Stand-up paddleboards offer a unique and relaxing way to explore Lake Coeur d’Alene, all while getting a full-body workout. Stand-up paddleboards are great for beginners and advanced water sport enthusiasts alike. Best of all, while paddling the lake you just might discover Bald Eagles soaring overhead or Kokanee jumping out of the waves below. MORE DETAILS (External link opens in new tab or window)

Kayaking

Kayaking

North Idaho offers some of the best lake kayak touring in the United States. Kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals from Kayak CDA are delivered conveniently to the North shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene seven days a week May through September. MORE DETAILS (External link opens in new tab or window)

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

The ROW Adventure Center has more whitewater rafting experience than any other outfitter in the region. The outfitter’s interpretive guides are well versed in local wildlife and history, and will guide you down a fun, safe, and thrilling river ride! MORE DETAILS (External link opens in new tab or window)

Fly Fisherman

Fishing

The Coeur d'Alene River and the St. Joe River are the perfect, remote choice for half- or full-day fishing trips. Expert guides can cater to the needs of beginners and experts alike, offering an unrivaled commitment to your angling experience. Abundant cutthroat and rainbow trout are sure to keep your rod bent throughout the day. Don’t forget to purchase your Idaho Fishing License first! MORE DETAILS (External link opens in new tab or window)