East of Boise and north of Mayfield in the Boise National Forest, the 60,000 acre Danskin Mountains OHV Area has more than 150 miles of routes open to ATV riding. The trail system consists of 6 major trails spread over a mountainous high-desert setting. The trails range from easy to most-difficult. Each trail is clearly signed for the type of motorized usage allowed. The trail system is open to non-motorized users, so keep an eye out for hiker, mountain bikers and equestrians. Due to heat, there are few riders during July and August.
To reach the trailhead from Boise, head east on US84 for 7 miles to the Blacks Creek Road / Kuna exit (#64). Turn left heading north on Blacks Creek Road for 7 miles. Turn left following signs to the north on Blacks Creek Road (FS189). The road changes from pavement to gravel. Continue 10 miles to the Bender Creek Trailhead (dispersed primative camping is permitted along Wood Creek). The Willow Creek Trailhead is 4 miles further (no ATV access -- popular with equestrians).
Note: On the trail map, the Yellow is ATV/OHM and the salmon color is OHM.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding on Forest Service roads is permitted only on designated roads. All ATVs must have a valid ATV registration. In addition, there is an extensive list of regulations that also must be met. Make sure to call the Boise National Forest HQ prior for a complete list (208) 373-4039.
Overall, Danskin Mountains OHV Area is the 2nd most popular ATV riding trail of all 55 ATV trails in Idaho.