Trails & Outdoors
All trails are open for the season
Trail Rules & Etiquette
Always wear a helmet, ride responsibly and with caution, as trail conditions are subject to change and varied degrees of interpretation!
For more information on trails, please contact Avimor's Conservation Director, Charlie Baun, at (208) 921-0195, or speak with our Sales Specialists by calling (208) 939-5360.
Special thanks to our friends and trail partners at SWIMBA. The great folks at SWIMBA have dedicated lots of volunteer hours and effort in creating and maintaining the awesome trails at Avimor.
Avimor Stewardship Organization, Inc.
The Avimor development is deeply committed to the restoration and revegetation of key habitats for birds, insects, and wildlife. We are passionate about preserving the ecosystem of the foothills, and our development reflects our effort to live in harmony with nature. That is why we created the Avimor Stewardship Organization. It sponsors programs and activities to preserve and protect the environmentally sensitive areas in Avimor. It also creates a sense of "Community" by sponsoring programs and fun activities that get the residents involved in the community and with each other.
Avimor Homeowner's Guide to Living with Wildlife
Living at Avimor will offer you an amazing opportunity to experience native plant communities and wildlife right in your own backyard. However, those living in this beautiful location are also responsible for protecting its integrity and wildlife value. We must educate others on the ecology of the area and engage in good stewardship practices, which is why every homeowner in Avimor receives a copy of the Avimor Homeowner's Guide to Living with Wildlife. This handbook emphasizes the fact that the decisions we make with respect to our own backyards will affect the neighboring wildlife and associated habitat. Good stewardship practices such as planting native vegetation for landscaping, restricting the use of foothills trails during winter months, using organic fertilizers, and maintaining bird feeders will not only reduce impacts on wildlife but will also bring you many hours of enjoyment.
Avimor Conservation Easement
Avimor and the Ada Soil & Water Conservation District have designated approximately 400 acres of Avimor property as a permanent conservation easement. This property is valuable for its natural wildlife, recreational, and scenic value, and it will remain undeveloped in perpetuity. View Avimor Conservation Easement: Click Here
They are the uninvited guests who never leave...noxious weeds. View Avimor Guide to Living with Wildlife: Click Here
- The Ada County Noxious Weed website has good information on control efforts: Click Here
- More information can be found on the Idaho Department of Agriculture site: Click Here
Using native plant species for your landscaping needs is ideal. Native plants are already adapted to the foothill's climate and soil type, and they exist in balance with other plants and animals. As a result, native plants will generally require less water and maintenance and will be more resistant to insects and diseases than exotic plants. Native plants can also eliminate the need for herbicides and chemical fertilizers, which helps protect the soil and water from contamination. View List of Native Boise Foothills Plants. The Garden for Wildlife website from the National Wildlife Federation is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about creating wildlife habitat in their own yard.
Many butterfly species and other pollinating insects are selective of the flowers they feed on. For example, Monarch caterpillars exclusively require milkweed plants. Swallowtails are attracted to parsnip, parsley, dill, fennel, and celery. A large number of butterflies are also attracted to blanket flowers, mallows, trilliums, clarkia, and wild strawberries. In general, ornate-aromatic species with colorful flowers will be used by many native pollinators.
More than 150 bird species have been documented at Avimor. This list of all bird species seen in the area is being compiled by residents, employees, contractors, and visitors of Avimor. We are confident that as riparian and shrub steppe areas are restored with native vegetation, populations of native birds will return and thrive. We can use your help in tracking our progress, and we request that you let us know of any special sightings of birds.
Firewise is a national program that involves homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire - before a fire starts. Learn more
We hope you find this information useful. Please contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns. We'd love to hear from you. Read more about Wildlife Wonderland at Avimor
"As developers, we share a responsibility with relevant regulatory authorities, our residents and the community-at-large to ensure we act responsibly. Pursuing an ongoing program such as the national Firewise Communities program demonstrates our commitment to a forward-looking program aimed at enhancing our community's overall sustainability."
-Dan Richter, General Manager
Avimor has been designated as a Firewise community in accordance with the national Firewise Communities program. This program is a multi-agency effort designed to reach beyond the local fire service provided by the Eagle Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management. To date, Avimor has mowed and applied herbicide on approximately 92 acres of natural open space to reduce the amount and continuity of fuels within, and adjacent to, the community. Proactive work such as this will continue to grow on a yearly basis. Avimor has also held a series of meetings with both the Eagle Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management to develop effective strategies to prevent wildfires around the community.
Avimor Fire Plan
As part of the Firewise development requirements, Avimor developed a Fire and Vegetation Management Plan. This plan provides guidelines for how the Avimor homeowners, the HOA, and the Avimor Conservation Director can reduce the potential risk of wildfire and improve the health and stability of the surrounding vegetation and wildlife.
Check out www.firewise.org for more information.
Avimor is a special place for birds and always has been. From the late 1800’s until these last few years, public access was understandably restricted due to the operation of the sheep and cattle ranch. While cattle ranching continues, the developer has opened the trails to the public and has invited and encouraged folks to come enjoy and discover. Birders quickly identified Avimor as a birding hotspot.
Tens of thousands of acres boasting a substantial diversity of habitat. From willow and cottonwood laden creeks meandering out of rocky canyons to rolling grassy hills. From sagebrush steppe and bunch grasses to marshes fed by natural springs of life-giving water. Each type of habitat plays host to distinct varieties of bird species.
Avimor is a great place to see brilliantly colored birds in their season. Take for example the orange, yellow, and black Bullock’s Orioles and Black-headed Grosbeaks, the electric blue and burnt orange of the Lazuli Bunting, and the array of colors found on hummingbirds, warblers, and woodpeckers. More than 160 species of avian wonders have been documented in the Avimor area. Avimor also hosts many bird species of regional special interest because Avimor has more of them or they are more consistently seen there.
Some of those species include Bewick’s Wren, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Gray Catbird. Folks as far as Texas have come just to see Gray Partridges in the Avimor foothills. Great Horned Owls are fairly abundant and regularly nest there. Much less expected, Long-eared Owls nested here a couple years ago. Many birders come to Avimor to get their first ever glimpse at some of these species. The first ever Boise Bird Festival was hosted by Avimor in April 2013.
Avimor also has its very own bird guide booklet to help folks identify the birds they see. This booklet is extremely helpful in narrowing down the list of birds to those most likely to be seen here at Avimor. A digital version of the Avimor Bird Guide is available online for free here: Download Avimor Bird Guide
Best Birding Locations at Avimor
Spring Valley Creek Greenbelt
Running parallel to Highway 55 is Spring Valley Creek. Along the east bank is a paved trail which provides easy access to great elevated views over the trees and shrubs along the creek. Perfect for viewing and photographing birds.
Heritage Park is surrounded by riparian area on all sides. Paved walkways here make for easy access as you make your way around the park enjoying the variety of plant life playing host to the diversity of bird life.
Twisted Spring Trailhead Pond
In spring, this shallow pond is a favorite of ducks and shorebirds. The cottonwood stand north of the pond regularly hosts nesting Red-tailed Hawks. The bushes around the pond are great places to find a huge variety of songbirds.
Twisted Spring & Spring Valley Creek Trails
One of Avimor's most scenic and enjoyable hikes. There is great birding along the whole trail. Once you get into the steep rocky areas be on the lookout for Canyon and Rock Wrens, maybe even Chukar.
Avimor Town Lake
The pond attracts ducks, geese, herons, kingfishers, swallows, and nighthawks. The trees around the ponds are often decorated with several kinds of birds.
Pearl Road Drive
The drive along Pearl Road from the top of Horseshoe Bend summit all the way to the historic site of the mining town of Pearl, then to Willow Creek Rd is both scenic and birdy. Look for Sage Thrashers and Eastern Kingbirds in Spring and Summer.
Chinese Well Riparian Area
On the west side of Hwy 55, across from the construction trailer, is a private access area, but has been a great location for rare birds including a Rusty Blackbird, nesting Long-eared Owls, and a regular spot for Gray Partridge. The lower portion is marshy and the upper section is craggy with hackberry trees. See Robert at the Avimor office for a guided tour of this area.
Historic Toll Gate Ranch
Intrepid hikers or mountain bikers can make it into the Avimor backcountry. Several creeks and trails all intersect at the historic Toll Gate Ranch on old Cartwright Road. The area is pretty lush for desert hills and attracts all kinds of wildlife.