VISIT A PRESERVE WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY
This selection of preserves has everything you need to keep your family happy. Some of these preserves even have special preserve passports that you can use while touring the preserves with your little explorers! These preserves feature trails that are easy to navigate, water to cool off in, and safe parking. We believe that special places like these should be accessible to all, regardless of physical ability or background. Starting with these most iconic preserves, we’re working to improve the experience for all people looking to access nature.
THE FOLLOWING SIX PRESERVES (INCLUDING ONE SPECIAL EASEMENT) ARE ALL GREAT PLACES TO TAKE YOUR FAMILY FOR A DAY ENJOYING THE SPECIAL PLACES THIS VALLEY HAS TO OFFER.
Be sure to watch the digital preserve tour before heading out so that you don’t miss anything when you are planning your own adventure!
About: What originally started as a small conservation easement has now become one of the most celebrated protected areas along the Big Wood River, and serves as one of the most important components of the Hailey Greenway. In 2018, the Colorado Gulch Preserve was expanded by nine acres thanks to the generosity of a silent donor and big fan of the Land Trust. This preserve is well-regarded as a community treasure, and rightfully so. With a multi-use trail system, protected river corridor, habitat for wildlife, and multiple ongoing restoration projects, this area has plenty to offer everyone in the Valley.
Getting There: To get to the Colorado Gulch Preserve from downtown Hailey, head south on Main Street and take a right turn onto Cedar Steet followed by an immediate left onto Broadford Road. After about a mile, take a right onto Colorado Gulch Road, and park in the gravel lot at the end of Colorado Gulch Road.
About: What began with a lot donation, and later expanded into the iconic 84-acre preserve along the Big Wood River in Hailey, the Draper Wood River Preserve is the most well-known and frequented of our preserves. This critical property forms the heart of the Hailey Greenway, and is regarded as an ideal haven for both wildlife and people. Whether you enjoy a picnic at the pavilion, catch a glimpse of moose, wet your line in the river, or visit the idyllic Bow Bridge ñ the Draper Wood River Preserve is easily your next favorite wild space.
Getting There: To get to the Draper Preserve from downtown Hailey, head west out of town on Bullion Street. Just after you cross the river, turn right into Lions Park. Continue through the large parking lot, past the baseball fields, to the small dirt parking lot by the Draper pavilion.
About: What started with the initial acquisition of 7.4 acres, the Howard Preserve has expanded to over 35 acres over the years to solidify its reputation as a beloved place that provides public access to the Big Wood River, in addition to opportunities for education and community partnerships, including the Friends of the Howard Preserve and the City of Bellevue.
Getting There: The Howard Preserve is located at 85 Martin Lane in Bellevue. To get there from downtown Hailey, head south on Main Street/Highway 75 for 4.7 miles. Take a right on Broadford Road followed by an immediate left onto Martin Lane. Follow Martin Lane past the big open parking lot to the small dirt parking lot at the end of the road. Keep an eye out for the signs directing you to the parking area!
About: The 7-acre Boxcar Bend Preserve is located along 75 just north of East Fork. The Preserve got its name from the boxcars placed in the Big Wood River by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1952. This was a result of attempts to prevent the erosion along the riverbank that threatened the ground beneath the railroad tracks, but the attempt ultimately failed. Several decades later, the community and various stakeholders came together to restore this section of the river, and now this beautiful respite along the river has become one of the most popular fishing access points in the Valley.
Getting There: To get to the Boxcar Bend Preserve from downtown Hailey, head north on Main Street/Highway 75 toward Ketchum. About three quarters of a mile past the East Fork light, take a right turn into the dirt parking area. Cross the paved bike path, and take one of the wood chipped access trails down to the river.
About: Established in 2015 to protect salmon habitat, wetlands, and the scenic views of the stunning Sawtooth Valley, the 34-acre Valley Creek Preserve in Stanley is a perfect example of how our organization has worked to protect critical resources not just in the Wood River Valley ñ but throughout Central Idaho. A major tributary to the Salmon River, Valley Creek has historically provided spawning habitat for Chinook and sockeye salmon, steelhead, bull and westslope cutthroat trout, and other native fish species. The Preserve also provides a wild oasis for all residents, human and wild, as it meanders through downtown Stanley.
Getting There: To get to the Valley Creek Preserve from downtown Stanley, head west on Highway 21 toward Boise. Three quarters of a mile from the intersection of 75 & 21, youíll see a sign for public fishing access. Turn here, onto Terra Tracts Road and look for the limited public parking before the bridge. Do not block the bridge!
About: Located just east of Hailey, Quigley Farms is a super accessible network of trails managed by out partner Blaine County Recreational District. It’s a great place for walking your dog, biking, running, hiking, cross country skiing and taking in the scenic views. Thanks to the public access easement we hold, these trails will be open to the public in perpetuity.
Getting There: To get to the Quigley trails from downtown Hailey, head east on Croy Street from Main Street. After about .5 miles Croy makes a sharp right turn as it becomes 8th. Just after this elbow, look for a left turn onto Quigley Road. The parking lot for the Quigley Canyon trails is located at the end of Quigley Road.