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Schpring Finale!

Schweitzer Mountain Resort wraps up the season with the Schpring Finale and The Big LeBREWski April 8-9 featuring fun events, live music, and great beers!

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Visit Sandpoint, Idaho

Summer

Ahh, summer in Sandpoint. Time to sample the waters of 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille, hike the high alpine country of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountain ranges, visit the unique shops, galleries, dining and many activities in bustling downtown. Enjoy!

Amusement Park/Water Park

Silverwood Theme Park, Boulder Beach Water Park and Scarywood

Silverwood Theme ParkSilverwood is the Northwest’s largest theme park, featuring over 200 acres and more than 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions. Dominating the skies at Silverwood is Aftershock – the 191-foot-tall steel roller coaster which takes you forwards through cobra rolls and inverted loops at speeds up to 65 mph and 4.5 Gs! Silverwood is also home to two massive wooden coasters: Tremors, a 65-mph coaster that plunges underground four times; and the 55-mph Timber Terror. Other rides include the classic Corkscrew coaster and a 140-foot drop tower; or, for something a little milder, don’t miss the 1915 steam engine train that circles the entire park, or try the Bumper Boats, Log Flume, or Thunder Canyon raft ride. Speaking of wet fun: On a hot summer day, there’s no better place to be than the 21-acre Boulder Beach Water Park right next door. Climb aboard one of our two raft slides with friends or family and glide down Avalanche Mountain, ride the waves in two huge wave pools, splash in geysers and fountains in Toddler Springs, cruise down water slides of all shapes and sizes, and kick back in your own shaded area on Cabana Island. Best of all, Boulder Beach is included with the park admission price.

Come October, Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood Haunted Nights, with five signature bone-chilling attractions as well as more scare zones scattered throughout the park.

Art & Film Events

Arts and Crafts Fair

Shop for unique, regional gifts during the Pend Oreille Arts Council’s Arts and Crafts Fair – held every year in August on the City Beach lawn.

Northwest WineFest

This annual festival at Schweitzer Mountain Resort features outdoor concerts on the mountain, regional wines and beers, plus an array of fun family activities.

Panida Theater

Sandpoint’s historic performing arts center, The Panida Theater has a rich winter season filled with concerts, plays, fine art films and events.

The Festival at Sandpoint

The Festival at Sandpoint offers star-studded musical performances under the stars during the first two weeks in August at Memorial Field. It’s a magical time of year, and a true feast for the senses!

Biking

Gold Hill Trail

Sandpoint view from Gold HillThe Gold Hill Trail is one of the most popular for local hikers and mountain bikers, a 3.7-mile track that can be moderate or strenuous – depending whether you hike or ride it up or down, or as most do, both ways. The trail leads through a forested setting to panoramic northwest-facing views of the Sandpoint across Lake Pend Oreille with Selkirk Mountains behind. Most hikers start at the trailhead on Bottle Bay Road, about 8 miles south of Sandpoint; navigate to the trailhead parking by the Google map. Many bikers start at the trailhead for the uphill singletrack, but by adding in some miles on paved and gravel backroads you can make it a day and include the trail as an approximately 28-mile loop right from Sandpoint itself via the Long Bridge bike and pedestrian route. Get trail map and details for Forest Service Gold Hill Trail No. 3.

    Mineral Point Interpretive Trail

    Mineral Point Interpretive Trail contours along Lake Pend Oreille about 14 miles south of Sandpoint near Garfield Bay, with magnificent views across the lake to the Green Monarchs. This lower-elevation, 2.1-mile hike or single-track bike ride is accessible starting from mid- to late spring. Get map and details for Forest Service Mineral Point Trail No. 82.

      Schweitzer biking and hiking

      Looking for a fun and adventurous way to take in the fresh mountain air and beautiful views? Whether you’re a hiker or biker, Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers more than 20 miles of trails with amazing alpine scenery and see-forever views. Start in the village and warm your legs up as you head out to Picnic Point – with only minor climbing – to take in the sweeping views of the mountains and Lake Pend Oreille. From there, your options are wide open. For those looking for a pure downhill biking thrills, Schweitzer has many intermediate to expert options with a chairlift assist to the top; all downhill trails begin at the top of the Great Escape Quad and descend 1700 feet to the Schweitzer Village. Pick up detailed trail maps in the village.

      Camping

      Campgrounds

      What’s your taste in camping? There are an array of private campgrounds and RV parks; go to our RV & Campground directory to see those. On our abundant public lands, there are more than two dozen vehicle-accessible state and federal campgrounds in Bonner and Boundary counties, offering a wide array of locales from backcountry to waterfront on big ol’ Priest and Pend Oreille lakes, among others. Go to the Sandpoint Online Campground Guide to see all public campgrounds:

      Trail guidebooks

      Summer and fall are high seasons for hikers and campers in the high country of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains surrounding Sandpoint, while lower-elevation destinations can be accessible almost year-round. There are more than 100 maintained trails and scores of backcountry campsites within a couple hours’ drive of Sandpoint, ranging from easy strolls to waterfalls and panoramas up to multiday backpacking trips through spectacular backcountry landscapes. And just about all of the trails offer the opportunity to spot rare wildlife. KeokeeBooks.com features several popular trail and recreational guidebooks available for purchase.

        Craft Breweries

        Laughing Dog Brewing

        Laughing Dog Brewing is a great place to try a refreshing line-up of great hometown flavors. At 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. in Ponderay, just off Highway 95.

        MickDuff’s Brewing Company

        MickDuff’s Brewing Company is a small craft brewery and bustling, family-friendly restaurant located in downtown Sandpoint at 312 N. First Ave.

        Driving Tours

        International Selkirk Loop

        International Selkirk LoopDiscover wonderful surprises around every corner during the 280-mile International Selkirk Loop driving tour through Idaho, Washington and Canada. The loop is the only American Byway that actually travels into another country and has won international acclaim, including by Rand McNally as one of its top 5 “Best of the Roads.” At the loop’s northern end is Nelson, B.C., Sandpoint’s official sister city. The drive affords glorious scenery of mountains, lakes and rivers with a multitude of activities; it can be undertaken in one long day, but by far is best broken into a 2-day or multi-day excursion. Get full details and maps online.

        Golf

        Priest Lake Golf Course

        Priest Lake Golf Course is a beautiful 18-hole course offering more than 6,500 yards of challenging golf on a course nestled among lush forests and wetlands. Golfers will also find a driving range, putting greens and restaurant. 208-443-2525.

        Sandpoint Elks Golf Course

        Sandpoint Elks Golf Course is little more than a mile northeast of downtown Sandpoint off Highway 200, with a well-maintained 9-hole course, equipment and cart rental, friendly clubhouse and reasonable rates.

        Hiking

        Evans Landing Trail

        Evans Landing Trail leads 2 miles down to a beach at the landing on the west side of Lake Pend Oreille. A multitude of switchbacks make for a gentle grade, beginning at the top of Kreiger Creek on Trail No. 64. The slope becomes extremely steep closer to the lake, however. The remains of an old cabin are tucked away behind some ponderosa pine trees, and nearby is a picnic table on the edge of the stony beach, plus a vault toilet. Access is 17 miles south of Sandpoint on U.S. Highway 95 via the southern end of Blacktail Road. Follow it east 2.6 miles to Little Blacktail Road, turn east again and go another 2.6 miles past one trail sign to East Ridge Road where a second trail sign indicates the way to the trailhead. Take a right on East Ridge Road, go a half mile and turn left onto a short spur road and the parking area.

          Gold Hill Trail

          Sandpoint view from Gold HillThe Gold Hill Trail is one of the most popular for local hikers and mountain bikers, a 3.7-mile track that can be moderate or strenuous – depending whether you hike or ride it up or down, or as most do, both ways. The trail leads through a forested setting to panoramic northwest-facing views of the Sandpoint across Lake Pend Oreille with Selkirk Mountains behind. Most hikers start at the trailhead on Bottle Bay Road, about 8 miles south of Sandpoint; navigate to the trailhead parking by the Google map. Many bikers start at the trailhead for the uphill singletrack, but by adding in some miles on paved and gravel backroads you can make it a day and include the trail as an approximately 28-mile loop right from Sandpoint itself via the Long Bridge bike and pedestrian route. Get trail map and details for Forest Service Gold Hill Trail No. 3.

            Maiden Rock Trail

            Maiden Creek Trail is a steep 2-mile trail that leads down Maiden Rock, a prominent geologic feature, and a Forest Service recreation site on Lake Pend Oreille. The trail to this magical spot on the lake’s western shore is fairly short, though quite steep as you get closer to the lake. It cuts through a dense forest in a deep notch between two mountains to where the waters of Maiden Creek first gurgle to the surface. It follows the creek steeply downhill to the lake. Access is 11 miles south of Sandpoint on U.S. Highway 95 via the north end of Blacktail Road. Go 1.5 miles to Butler Creek Road No. 230. Turn left and travel three miles to the trailhead.

              Mickinnick Trail

              Mickinnick Trail flowering lupineOne of the closest and nicest hikes adjacent to Sandpoint, the Mickinnick is a challenging trail that rises more than 2,000 feet in its 3.5-mile length (meaning, a round-trip hike is 7 miles). But the workout is certainly worth it, affording  splendid views as you climb up through big granite features amid open forests and spring-summer wildflowers. On warm summer days, the east-facing aspect of the trail makes it more user-friendly in the afternoon. The trail ends on a rocky knob commanding a view of Sandpoint, the Long Bridge, the Cabinet Mountains and Lake Pend Oreille. Use the Google map to navigate to the trailhead parking, at roughly 400 Woodland Drive, or click to the Forest Service map and elevation profile.

                Mineral Point Interpretive Trail

                Mineral Point Interpretive Trail contours along Lake Pend Oreille about 14 miles south of Sandpoint near Garfield Bay, with magnificent views across the lake to the Green Monarchs. This lower-elevation, 2.1-mile hike or single-track bike ride is accessible starting from mid- to late spring. Get map and details for Forest Service Mineral Point Trail No. 82.

                  Schweitzer biking and hiking

                  Looking for a fun and adventurous way to take in the fresh mountain air and beautiful views? Whether you’re a hiker or biker, Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers more than 20 miles of trails with amazing alpine scenery and see-forever views. Start in the village and warm your legs up as you head out to Picnic Point – with only minor climbing – to take in the sweeping views of the mountains and Lake Pend Oreille. From there, your options are wide open. For those looking for a pure downhill biking thrills, Schweitzer has many intermediate to expert options with a chairlift assist to the top; all downhill trails begin at the top of the Great Escape Quad and descend 1700 feet to the Schweitzer Village. Pick up detailed trail maps in the village.

                  Trail guidebooks

                  Summer and fall are high seasons for hikers and campers in the high country of the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains surrounding Sandpoint, while lower-elevation destinations can be accessible almost year-round. There are more than 100 maintained trails and scores of backcountry campsites within a couple hours’ drive of Sandpoint, ranging from easy strolls to waterfalls and panoramas up to multiday backpacking trips through spectacular backcountry landscapes. And just about all of the trails offer the opportunity to spot rare wildlife. KeokeeBooks.com features several popular trail and recreational guidebooks available for purchase.

                    Horse Rides

                    Schweitzer trail rides

                    For horse lovers, Schweitzer offers guided rides on the resort’s 20 miles of trails, through forested glens and along grassy slopes to with views over Lake Pend Oreille and surrounding mountains. Rides of various length and difficulty are offered.

                    Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

                    Enjoy horse riding in the warmer months, and horse-drawn sleigh rides in the winter at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.

                    Kayaking & Rafting

                    Action Water Sports

                    Action Water Sports offers lessons, lake tours and rentals in two convenient locations in Sandpoint and Hope, Idaho. Rentals include Ski and Pontoon Boats, Jet Skis, Stand Up Paddleboards and Kayaks. 

                    Clark Fork River

                    For the experienced paddler, the Clark Fork is one of many year-round waterways for those who want to meander through Idaho and Montana. There is whitewater, so faster water can present a challenge for novice paddler.

                      Moyie River

                      For paddle-sport enthusiasts, both lake and river beckon. Whitewater season on local rivers begins in April as snowmelt swells streams, and generally lasts well into June. The best whitewater thrills are on the Moyie River, 40 miles north of Sandpoint, with a nine-mile run that includes numerous Class III and a pair of Class IV at higher water.

                        Priest River

                        A bit easier for beginners is the Priest River, 30 miles west of Sandpoint, where there is a good eight-mile Class II-III stretch.

                          Sand Creek

                          Peaceful, meandering Sand Creek couldn’t be more convenient or perfect for kayaking, canoeing or SUB’s. Conveniently located in downtown Sandpoint, City Beach is a perfect place to launch and paddle thru the marina and along the banks of town.

                            Lake Activities

                            A Day on the Lake Rentals

                            A Day on the Lake Rentals offers full-service rentals of ski boats, pontoons, SeaDoos, and vacation homes on Lake Pend Oreille. Make your vacation memorable by touring the lake by boat. Delivery available. 877-890-2444 or 208-755-4958; ADayontheLake.com.

                              Action Water Sports

                              Action Water Sports offers lessons, lake tours and rentals in two convenient locations in Sandpoint and Hope, Idaho. Rentals include Ski and Pontoon Boats, Jet Skis, Stand Up Paddleboards and Kayaks. 

                              Bottle Bay Resort

                              Bottle Bay Resort and Marina includes Bottle Bay Bar & Grill, cabin rentals with private beach area, marina with public gas, boat launch and boat rentals, all located on beautiful and peaceful Bottle Bay.

                              City Beach

                              Sandpoint City BeachMay we say, modestly, that Sandpoint’s City Beach is simply one of the finest city parks anywhere? With magnificent views down Lake Pend Oreille, enjoy swimming and beach lounging. Play volleyball on one of the three sand courts, tennis on the pair of recently upgraded courts; pickup basketball, kids’ playground, or launch your boat at the public ramp. An easy stroll away from downtown, off Bridge Street.

                              Go Fish! Charters

                              GoFish_logo_final_smGo Fish! Charters offers hands-on, multi-species fishing on Lake Pend Oreille and Clark Fork River. Experience the excitement and diversity on the Pend Oreille fishery! Go Fish! operates year-round and offers custom charters, including sunrise and sunset trips. Charters depart from Sandpoint and Hope.

                              Lake Pend Oreille Cruises

                              Lake Pend Oreille Cruises offers a variety of public tours including history, eagle watching, and dinner cruises as well as private charters. Please call 208-255-5253 for information and reservations.

                              Sandpoint Marine & Motorsports

                              Sandpoint Marine & Motorsports offers a variety of watercraft rentals, from speedboats to pontoon boats to jet ski and kayak rentals. Half day, full day or hourly rentals, all from downtown Sandpoint. 208-263-1535; SandpointMarineAndMotorsports.com.

                                Museums

                                Bird Aviation Museum & Invention Center

                                The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center strives to educate visitors about the historic contributions of aviators and innovators who have helped create modern technology, and celebrate these individuals who have forever changed the way we live. It only takes one person to change the world. The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center was founded by Dr. Forrest Bird, inventor of the medical respirator, and wife Pam in 2007. See their impressive collection paying homage to their love of aviation and innovation. Located in Sagle about 17 miles southeast of Sandpoint off Sagle Road on Bird Ranch Road. Open year-round Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from mid-May to mid-October. Admission is free.

                                Bonner County Historical Museum

                                The Bonner County Historical Museum, 611 Ella at Lakeview Park, has numerous displays including Native American artifacts, an extensive collection of Ross Hall photos, a pioneer kitchen and more. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month (first Saturday free admission day).

                                Music Events

                                Northwest WineFest

                                This annual festival at Schweitzer Mountain Resort features outdoor concerts on the mountain, regional wines and beers, plus an array of fun family activities.

                                Panida Theater

                                Sandpoint’s historic performing arts center, The Panida Theater has a rich winter season filled with concerts, plays, fine art films and events.

                                The Festival at Sandpoint

                                The Festival at Sandpoint offers star-studded musical performances under the stars during the first two weeks in August at Memorial Field. It’s a magical time of year, and a true feast for the senses!

                                Other

                                Chairlift rides at Schweitzer

                                Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 11 miles from Sandpoint, runs chairlift rides during summer, offering easy access to the resort’s peaks for hikers and mountain bikers and magnificent views of Lake Pend Oreille and surrounding mountains. There are also a host of other activities for young and old alike, including a bungee trampoline, climbing wall and much more.

                                Shopping

                                Bonner Mall

                                Bonner Mall, two miles north of Sandpoint off Highway 95, features a full-service supermarket, four-plex movie theater, several nationally known retailers, more shops and a restaurant.

                                Downtown Sandpoint

                                Downtown Sandpoint abounds with rare and unique shopping opportunities.

                                  Sandpoint Shopping District

                                  The Sandpoint Shopping District exists to support & promote, through cooperative marketing efforts, a unique shopping experience which reflects the individual visions and passions of proud local owner-merchants. The district works cooperatively to provide locals and visitors alike with a unique & vibrant shopping environment in downtown Sandpoint.

                                  Sleigh Rides

                                  Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

                                  Enjoy horse riding in the warmer months, and horse-drawn sleigh rides in the winter at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.

                                  Spas

                                  Highland Day Spa North

                                  The Highland Day Spa North offers pleasure and relaxation for your Body, Mind, and Spirit, featuring a full range of health and beauty treatments and a variety of other amenities that help create a refreshing retreat from your daily routine.  The Highland Day Spa North offers the following premier spa services in Sandpoint:  Massage, Facials & Skin treatments, Waxing, Body Wraps, Mani/Pedi Nail services, various Spa packages, and Spa parties.

                                  Tours

                                  Action Water Sports

                                  Action Water Sports offers lessons, lake tours and rentals in two convenient locations in Sandpoint and Hope, Idaho. Rentals include Ski and Pontoon Boats, Jet Skis, Stand Up Paddleboards and Kayaks. 

                                  Wineries

                                  Pend d’Oreille Winery

                                  Pend d’Oreille Winery offers tours and tastings of its award-winning wines at 220 Cedar St. downtown.