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Horseshoe-Bend is the largest town in rural Boise County in southwestern Idaho. As of the 2000 census, the population was 770 residents. The elevation of the town is 2,604 feet above sea level and its named for the horseshoe-shaped U-turn of the Payette River, where the flow direction changes from south to north before heading west to the Black Canyon Reservoir. Horseshoe Bend is one of four incorporated towns in Boise County and is just 19 miles north of the city of Boise. Its a small, but growing, community with friendly people, blue skies and fresh air. The area was originally settled as a gold miners staging area in the 1860s, where prospectors waited along the river for snows to thaw in the higher elevations. After the gold rush settled down, the community became a prosperous ranching and logging community. Today it serves mostly as a "bedroom community" for nearby Boise. Many people enjoy the quiet, rural atmosphere of Horseshoe Bend, yet they are only 30 minutes from the culture, restaurants and shopping of Boise. There are many recreational opportunities in the area, including fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping. A scenic railroad called Thunder Mountain is also based in Horseshoe Bend. The town is host to a banjo festival in late May, the national senior pro rodeo in June and a fall festival in October.

Surrounding areas: Kooskia, Idaho (35.7 mi), Grangeville, Idaho (38.8 mi)

Horseshoe Bend Vacation Rentals




Horseshoe Bend Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Best Western Salmon Rapids Lodge1010 S MainRiggins, ID17.2 mi.(877) 957-2743
Monty's Motel700 W Main StGrangeville, ID19.3 mi.(208) 983-2500
Super 8 Motel - Grangeville801 SW 1 St StGrangeville, ID19.4 mi.(800) 800-8000

Horseshoe Bend Weather & Climate

Southwest Idaho has a climate that is characterized as semi-arid with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and dry and temperatures often exceed 100 degrees F. Winters are cold with moderate amounts of snowfall. Rain is usually infrequent and light, averaging an inch per month. March is the wettest month of the year with an average of 1.41 inches of precipitation. August is the driest month of the year. Spring and fall are generally temperate and quite pleasant. Humidity is low year-round. Rain and snow together in the region average only about 12 inches per year. Spring comes earlier and winter later in this region that is protected from severe weather by nearby mountains.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 26°F 1.18 in. -
February 48°F 30°F 1.13 in. -
March 56°F 34°F 1.71 in. -
April 65°F 39°F 1.78 in. -
May 72°F 46°F 2.31 in. -
June 80°F 52°F 1.80 in. -
July 90°F 57°F 1.08 in. -
August 90°F 57°F 0.91 in. -
September 80°F 49°F 1.08 in. -
October 66°F 40°F 1.12 in. -
November 49°F 32°F 1.52 in. -
December 41°F 27°F 1.29 in. -

Horseshoe Bend Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Idaho County airport (S80) located about 20 miles northeast of Horseshoe Bend in Grangeville, Idaho, the Joseph State airport (4S3) located approximately 51 miles west of Horseshoe Bend in Joseph, Oregon, the Mc Call Municipal airport (MYL) located roughly 54 miles south of Horseshoe Bend in Mccall, Idaho, and finally the Lewiston Nez Perce County airport (LWS) located around 60 miles northwest of Horseshoe Bend in Lewiston, Idaho.

Horseshoe Bend Attractions

 
Golf Courses
Grangeville Country ClubGrangevilleID19.0 mi.
Kellogg Country ClubPinehurstID29.0 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Anthony LakesIsland CityOR88.3 mi.
Spout SpringsWestonOR103.8 mi.
Lost TrailConnerMT105.5 mi.


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