Understanding Endowment Land
Did you know that nearly 2.4 million acres of endowment land are accessible to the public by foot, horseback, bicycle, watercraft or motorized vehicle?
When Idaho became a state, Congress granted Idaho endowment trust land for the sole purpose of funding specified beneficiaries, mainly our public schools. This land forms the core of a perpetual trust, with the land generating revenue for nine endowment beneficiaries forever.
Endowment land is managed by the Idaho Department of Lands at the direction of the Land Board. Board policy supports allowing public use of legally accessible endowment land for recreation, but only if those activities do not degrade the lands,
Downloadable Endowment Land Trail Maps
Bonners Ferry Vicinity
Roman Nose Snowmobile Area
Hayes Gulch Trail System
Idaho City Vicinity
Thorn Creek Trail System
Boise/Mountain Home Vicinity
Danskin Trail System
GIS Statewide Trail Maps
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation publishes interactive, GIS-based trail maps for summer and wintertime recreation. The maps highlight recreation opportunities for all trail users.
Endowment Land Accessible to the Public
Find places to go on endowment land using this GIS-enabled map. More than 96% of endowment land is accessible to the public by foot, horseback, bicycle, watercraft or motorized vehicle.