Eagle Horizons Mountain Oasis (EHMO)
is located between Boise and Stanly along the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway, within the Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest. The area is a playground for all seasons. There are many activities year-round to enjoy in the forest.
Hot Springs in Lowman, Idaho
Only one mile from EHMO is the famous Kirkham Hot springs. Enjoy an invigorating soak in natures wonder, year-round. In warm weather you can also bring some lunch and enjoy a picnic at one of the picnic tables in between soaks.
Within a twenty-minute drive you can also experience the Bonneville Hot springs, located near the Bonneville campground or the Sacajawea Hot springs located in the Grand Jean area. Both hot springs are located off the Ponderosa Pines Scenic Highway (ID-21).
Hiking/Snow Shoeing, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski and Horseback Riding Trails
The Lowman area of the Boise National Forest is home to many trails (electronic and paper maps are available). One of the most famous trails is the Kirkham Ridge Trail. The Kirkham Ridge Trail ascends from the banks of the Payette River near Kirkham Hot springs and climaxes at Bull Trout Lake. It is an important route for motorized and non-motorized users connecting with many other trails on the District. Cross country Skiing is permitted almost anywhere in the forest that you can get to. A favorite for many is the five-mile road into the Sacajawea Hot Springs at Grand Jean (closed to motorized vehicles in the winter).
OHV (Dirt Bikes/Side by Sides) and Snowmobiling
Almost all the Forest Service roads permit OHV use (remember Idaho state laws apply) in the summer. Additionally, there are many trails that also permit OHV use.
There are several roads that are regularly groomed for snowmobile use, including the gateway road into Bear Valley the 579. You can spend all day on the trails and not see everything!
White Water Rafting
The EHMO is located directly above the Payette River Rafting Company. You can walk to the rafting company, enjoy the day on the wild and scenic South Fork of the Payette and relax around a campfire that evening at the Bed and Breakfast. Experience the feeling of connection and limitlessness as you gaze up at the magical dark sky where you will not only see the moon, stars and planets in stunning brilliance but also the breathtaking Milky Way!
Wildlife Viewing and Photograph
EHMO is within critical winter range for elk and deer. If you come in the winter, you will definitely see some of these magnificent creatures, possibly even from the window as you enjoy breakfast! If you are really lucky you may even catch a glimpse of Idaho’s top predators such as the cougar, grey wolf and the wolverine. The area also boasts a large population of wintering bald and golden eagles. These iconic birds can often be seen perched above the river or soaring high in the sky. Springtime in the Lowman District is a birders paradise. You can view hundreds of waterfowl at the Deadwood reservoir or see the specialized Clarks Nutcracker in the Bear Valley. You may also get to see a couple giants of the bird world. The large sandhill cranes, that can live up to 20 years and migrate from as far away as Mexico. North Americas largest owl, the Great Grey Owl which can be 2 to 3 feet tall, also nests in the Lowman District. A few other attractive birds that may be witnessed are the ospreys, peregrine falcons, flammulated owls and the American dipper.
Regardless of the time of year the Lowman Rangers District offers amazing glimpses of wildlife, snow covered mountains, rich deep valleys and a view of the Sawtooth Mountains.
Here are links to other things to do and places to visit in Lowman:
Check out this mountain bar / pizzeria that puts “Cheers” to shame when it comes to Lowman hospitality.
Haven Hot Springs
Reserve a private soak in their Natural Thermal Mineral Water Pool. ½ Mile from EHMO.