a haven for nature lovers

Idler's Rest has been a beloved community recreational site since the early 1900's.  Scout troops, families, nature lovers and students have gathered here to enjoy and care for this special place for generations.  We can't wait for you to continue the tradition with your friends and family.

Current Updates:

October 1: The restroom is coming, the restroom is coming!

Cascadian vault toilet accessible restroom facility, CXT Concrete Buildings

Cascadian vault toilet accessible restroom facility, CXT Concrete Buildings

Thanks to our friends at DKS Excavation, the vault for the restroom facility is officially to spec and ready for installation. On Tuesday, October 8, crews from Clearwater Power, CXT, Inc., and the Idler’s Rest project team will be onsite to coordinate the delivery and installation of the new Cascadian restroom facility.

Clearwater Power crews will be dropping the power lines that run above the toilet location for several hours to allow for the safe delivery of the unit. We apologize to our wonderful neighbors for any inconvenience and are working to get the unit set as quickly as possible.

CXT delivery crews will bring the unit on a large flatbed trailer and move it into position with a large crane. Installation includes the addition of a vapor barrier to prevent leaks, sealing of the vault to the main unit, and leveling to ensure appropriate venting, drainage and accessibility. Finally, crews will backfill the excavated vault and level the surrounding area to allow for handicap accessibility.

During this time, please be aware of large trucks and equipment on Idler’s Rest Road and around the parking lot area. For your safety and that of our team, the parking lot will be temporarily closed beginning Monday evening, October 7 and will reopen upon completion of installation. You are welcome to visit the preserve as normal, but please stay well clear of the parking lot area and meadow side trails. Temporary parking is allowed along the cedar grove side of the the road during this closure. We appreciate your understanding and patience!


September 5: Major earthwork has been completed to prepare for additional parking capacity and fresh gravel in the next couple of weeks. Additionally, the pit has been excavated for the installation of the restroom facility, and the site has been prepped for the addition of a handicapped accessible parking space. Check out photos and videos of the recent progress below. A huge thank you goes out to Ed Walker of the Pullman Building Supply Rental Department for helping us out with equipment and offering up his time, talent, and expertise to get the vault excavated!


Aug 20: Parking lot and trails are open! Please use caution around cordoned off sections and when entering the meadow section of the preserve from the parking area. The main stairs have been temporarily removed for further improvements. Check out the gallery below for photos from the major excavation done on 8/19:

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August 19-20: Parking lot grading and excavation will be taking place Monday and Tuesday, August 19-20. During this time, the parking lot will be closed and we ask that all visitors stay clear of the parking lot area and entrance to the Mountain View and Meadow View trails near the parking lot. Parking will be available along the roadside.

Dirt work that is taking place will re-shape the parking lot entrance to reduce potholes and washboard incidence at the entry, expand parking in the main lot, add additional parking in a new “upper” lot, create and ADA accessible parking space, prep the site for installation of a vault toilet restroom facility, and grade out a new accessible trail along the length of the parking lot to allow future access to the cedar grove.

This essential work would not be possible without the generous donation of time and equipment by Sam DeAtley of DeAtley Crushing, engineering and design services of Scott Becker at Hodge & Associates of Moscow, and our amazing team of volunteer board members and staff.


July 15, 2019: TIMBER! Tree falling at Idler’s Rest thanks to Mike from Ray Day Jr. Logging.

With the help of pro logger Mike of Ray Day Jr. Logging in Kendrick, ID, several trees impeding the big improvement project at Idler's Rest were dispatched in no time! Thanks to Mike's amazing skill, we are ready to move forward with earth-moving activities and excavation of the vault for the new restroom facility.


Because Idler's Rest is a nature preserve, we ask that visitors respect the following rules:

  • Keep pets on a leash

  • Keep noise to a minimum

  • Pack out trash and pet waste

  • Refrain from disturbing plants or animals

  • No hunting, firearms and/or paintball

  • No fires and no wood-cutting

  • No motorized vehicles or mountain bikes

  • Groups or large gatherings should call the office for permission prior to your event

  • Visit the Preserve during daylight hours only (the Preserve is closed after dark and there is no overnight camping allowed)


things to see and do

preserve past & present

directions + maps


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Howdy from Percy Pinecone, official Idler's Rest spokes-cone! Follow my adventures at the preserve and much more on our Instagram account, @PalouseLT.

Howdy from Percy Pinecone, official Idler's Rest spokes-cone! Follow my adventures at the preserve and much more on our Instagram account, @PalouseLT.