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 conditions (nOVEMBER 8, 2018):  trails are in really good shape, although fallen pine needles can be slippery on steep sections. Please drive carefully around the two potholes at the main entrance to the parking lot.

A special request from the PLT: On November 7, staff discovered that the game camera mounted at the preserve had been stolen. This theft occurred sometime between September 22 and the 7th. If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact us or the Latah County Sheriffs Department at 208-882-2216. Thank you for your help!


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


feeling social? 

 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.