10 Things to Do in Donnelly That You Shouldn't Miss

August 19, 2017 Viva Honore

Donnelly in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Bodies of Water. Discover best things to do in Donnelly with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Donnelly

1. Payette Lake

McCall, ID +1 208-634-0700
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 236 reviews

Payette Lake

A 5,330-acre lake near the resort town of McCall.

Reviewed By GrandmaM59 - Kent, Washington

We have been here both winter and summer and have enjoyed it in both seasons. Any time of year the view across the lake is of snow capped peaks. Boating, fishing and swimming are popular pastimes. The air is clear and smog free. We lovevit.

2. Gold Fork Hot Springs

1026 Gold Fork Road, Donnelly, ID 83615 +1 866-453-3675
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 161 reviews

Gold Fork Hot Springs

Reviewed By CalifTravelerOne - San Jose, CA

As we drove over miles of dirt road, we wondered if Gold Fork Hot Springs stays open during the winter. I hope someone clears the roads because this is a great place to visit any time of year.
You might expect something seedy or rundown, but the place is very nice and clean. The 5 pools are wonderful, with different temperatures for all preferences. They also provide patio tables with umbrellas so you can eat or rest out of the sun. The only staff person we met was very friendly and helpful, too.

3. Tamarack Canopy Zipline Tour

311 Village Dr, Tamarack, ID 83615-5014
Excellent
86%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Tamarack Canopy Zipline Tour

Reviewed By HeyLookeeHere - Boise, Idaho

My first zip line adventure was at the Tamarack Resort near Donnelly, Idaho. The zip line is called the Tamarack Zip Line Canopy Tour. Nestled above the Tamarack Resort. The drive to Tamarack is very peaceful and full of the beauty that driving through forests can provide. You can stop off at Cascade or McCall of breakfast or lunch – depending on your reservation. The staff at Tamarack are very friendly and easy to engage conversation. After signing in, we go to a back room where we’re fitted with our harnesses and trolley. Tamarack Zip Line Canopy Tour uses a gravity break. So, compared to other zip lines. Tamarack doesn’t employ the use of a break lever to slow down and stop. After our fitting we’re given a brief on safety procedures and a little brief on what to expect. From there we got on to a van and took off for the first zip line.

The Tamarack Zip Line Canopy Tour consists of 6 zip lines, including what the tour guide called the “mystery line”. There are also suspension bridges and what I call little tree houses. Given that this was my first attempt to ride a zip line, I was scared. The feeling of letting go of the ground was new to me and I was wondering how I was going to take it. I let other people in my party go first, to see how it’s done. I didn’t want to look foolish, so I took mental notes on what to do. As my turn came, I received another brief on the hand signals that would tell me if I’m coming in to fast and how to land. Then I just grabbed the carabiner underneath my trolley and ran off the platform. The sensation was immediately electric. I was going fast, and it felt it. I was so caught in the moment, I didn’t have time to truly appreciate the view.

After that first zip line, the following lines got easy. None of the lines felt repetitious, each line had varying lengths, heights, grades, and even landing zones. Some lines began and ended on a platform up a tree. Those tree platforms gave me a childhood feeling of wanting a tree house and having an adventure in it. My favorite zip line at Tamarack was the line that had the view of Cascade Reservoir. Of course, while on a zip line you tend to twist left or right. Fortunately, the tour guide told us how to twist or carabiner to change our orientation. The view of the reservoir at that height was beyond awesome, I was so entranced that I almost forgot to face forward and get ready for my landing. The final zip line, the “mystery zip line” required us to cross a wooden bridge. This zip line was unique in the way that the line went “through” the trees and brush. I was almost zip lining in a cave of vegetation. My only regret in this adventure is that I didn’t have a camera. I guess I’ll just have to go back.

4. Brundage Mountain

Highway 55, McCall, ID 83638 +1 208-634-4151
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

Brundage Mountain

Located high in the mountains of Central Idaho, Brundage Mountain is best known for its powder-packed glades and luxuriously wide groomed runs. Blessed with over 320 inches of snowfall annually, Brundage has an undisputed reputation for the Best Snow in Idaho™. 1,500 acres of terrain and 1,800 feet of vertical make Brundage Mountain a mid-sized resort that 'skis big'.

Reviewed By Chuck S - Idaho

Very nice resort, primarily serving the locals, including a wealthy but laid back group of homeowners from Boise who enjoy winter and summer. Some excellent skiers who go off trail, Brundage attracts powder hounds. Grooming fair. Bluebird Express is the classic lift, Centennial is slow and long. Nice intermediate and some longer, slightly harder green runs. Moderate cost, high quality skiing. Excellent views of Payette Lake and mountains.

5. Tamarack Resort

311 Village Dr, Donnelly, ID 83615-5014 +1 208-325-1000
Excellent
52%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
9%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Tamarack Resort

Reviewed By Robin P

Amazing accommodations, beautiful lodge with heated parking garage!! Also came with a passport that included ski wax, snowshoeing, and nordic. Was able to alpine ski two days, and the conditions were awesome! Tons of snow, great groomed runs, and a lot of untouched terrain. Can't wait to return. Friendly, helpful staff.

6. Ponderosa State Park

1920 N Davis Ave, McCall, ID 83638 +1 208-634-2164
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 213 reviews

Ponderosa State Park

Located just 1.5 miles from downtown McCall, Ponderosa State Park is a year round destination park. Covering a thousand-acre peninsula that juts into Payette Lake, this picturesque state park offers guided walks with naturalists, campfire programs and camping facilities. During winter months the park has groomed Nordic Ski trails and snowshoe trals.

Reviewed By TTmom1295 - Boise, Idaho

Camping, in trailer or cabin, is always nice at Ponderosa State Park. Gorgeous. I do wish people would keep their dogs on leash even when hiking. Our dogs are not as friendly as some, and they just about took the head off some lady’s dog because she was letting it run free, and it ran up to our two leashed (LARGe) dogs. Use a leash. It makes it safe for everyone.

7. Hap and Florence Points Sleigh Rides

Gold Fork River, Donnelly, ID
Excellent
86%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
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Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Hap and Florence Points Sleigh Rides

Hap and Florence Points Sleigh Rides is a chance to view Rocky Mountain Elk and other wildlife on the scenic surrounding mountains in Long Valley located near Donnelly and the Tamarack Ski Resort and Recreational Area in the heart of the mountains of central Idaho.

Reviewed By Fabvagtrp

Dress warm and bring blankets. Sleigh operates rain, snow and shine. Take your camera. Gorgeous elk and a few bulls make for great photos. They put down bales to sit on and the best seats are on the sides as the elk will graze on bales underneath you. The driver will talk for most of the trip about everything elk and it's very informative, however, the elk were much more captivating. You are told to not touch the elk or pull food off bales to give them but they are so close anyway. You must sign a waiver before you ride and pay the fee, cash or check only. Ride is about an hour long. Very fun and well worth the cost. Will definitely ride again.

8. Mountain Meadow Adventure Rentals

2445 W Mountain Rd, Donnelly, ID 83615-5080 +1 208-325-1500
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Mountain Meadow Adventure Rentals

Reviewed By John G - Clovis, New Mexico

We rented a tandem snowmobile for the morning. Was very impressed with the selection of outfits and the help provided to dress out for the trip. Machine was in good condition and ran well. Had great time up on the trails. Would recommend a weekday...MoreWe are glad you enjoyed your trip. We are looking forward to next time!

9. Vitality Spa

454 Roseberry Road, Roseberry Plaza Unit 103, Donnelly, ID 83615 +1 208-982-4583

Vitality Spa is a healing spa specializing in Massage and Reiki Energy Therapy

10. Activity Barn

141 Moon Dr, McCall, ID 83638-5609 +1 208-634-2222
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Activity Barn

Reviewed By Scharlee P

We went tubing right around New Years. They had changed the way you went up hill with tubes but didn't change the experience just a little different. We had kids as young as 6 to seniors with us and we all had a blast. Listen to the staff when the recommend specific tubes it will change your experience! Parking lot is kind of a pain but just breathe and practice patience.

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