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In Search of Wildflowers Near Boise

Wildflowers on the Camas Prairie.

We were ready for a daytrip even though it was a cool, rainy Saturday the first week of June so we went in search of wildflowers near where we live in Boise. We headed toward the Camas Prairie and the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area which is located near Fairfield about 90 minutes from Boise. This marshland has over 3,000 acres covered with purple camas lily blooms in late May through mid-June and is also where thousands of waterfowl make their home.

Before we even reached the Centennial Marsh Wildlife Area, we saw spectacular fields of purple foliage almost every direction we looked as we came into the Little Camas Prairie.

Where We Found Amazing Wildflower Fields

Our Route


DISTANCE FROM STARTING POINT: Approximately 100 miles to the Centennial Marsh

TIME TO REACH: 90 minutes

ROAD SURFACE: Paved, with some dirt side roads

WHEN ACCESSIBLE: Wildflower viewing is in May-June

FEES: None


PET FRIENDLY: Yes, but recommend having dogs on leash

WHEN WE WENT: June 4, 2022

Little Camas Prairie

Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh

I'm Here - Now What?

  • Motorized vehicles

  • Photography

  • Wildlife and plant viewing

  • Picnicking

  • Hiking

  • Biking

  • Geocaching

Heading Home

On the loop heading back home, we stopped at the scenic viewpoint above the Camas Prairie and enjoyed the views of the valley while we huddled in our Jeep having a quick picnic lunch and staying dry during a sudden downpour. We also enjoyed seeing more wildflowers - both purple and yellow.

We ended the day with more great memories of a fun daytrip on a rainy day - much better than staying home and wishing we had nice weather!

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