Barn in Valley County

Photo above by Gary Ertter a great local photographer. For the amateur or professional photographer, the McCall area provides limitless opportunities to capture dramatic landscapes, western settings, and active people.

At a ranch party


River Rafting with KidsMcCall, Idaho is a yearround playground for adults and kids. Family friendly adventures are endless yearround and there's as much to do with kids in the winter as there is in the summer. Ice skating in the center of town at the ice center, sledding, skiing are as popular in the winter as swimming and boating are in the summer.

Here are a few unique things to do with kids in the McCall area, call or email us for more ideas or for a copy of the McCall Magazine or Visitor's Guide:

Kids feeding elkWinter: Elk Sleigh Rides during the winter are both memorable, interesting, and offer an opportunity to see a herd of roughly 100 elk close up. Contact Lyle & Kathy Points at (208) 325-8783 for reservations to ride a sleigh & to feed the elk, just south of Donnelly. You're on the sleigh for about an hour and a half while learning about the elk, who eat the hay off the sleigh.

Kids at Gold Fork Hot SpringsYearround: There are many hot springs in the area. Zim's, Burgdorff and Gold Fork are developed and kid friendly. Zim's is just north of New Meadows and Gold Fork, just south of Donnelly, are accessible yearround. Gold Fork has a yurt and a number of pools at different temperatures, along with sandy bottoms on the second pool down which is perfect for the young kids.

Kids on the Magic Carpet TamarackWinter: Learn to Ski with one of the great instructors at Brundage Mountain Resort Instructors who love to teach, a safe first chairlift to learn on, and being able to park your car just steps from the lift. Brundage Mountain Resort is a great place to learn to ski for all ages, and it's just 20 minutes drive from downtown McCall.

Kids at the IslandsSummer: Take a boat to the islands off paradise point in Big Payette Lake. Swimming around these granite rock islands is pretty well close to paradise for kids in summer and no doubt generations of McCall kids have named each island their own special name. After the islands, head over to North Beach for playing in the sand.