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The 2nd annual Garden Valley Stampede on June 28th & 29th was such an amazing experience and only an hour out of Boise. Being in the mountains in the fresh air and summer breeze in the small Idaho town of Crouch feels like going back 50 years.
Located in the Garden Valley area, this gem of a town welcomes everyone that comes to enjoy all the area offers. Not only is Garden Valley notorious for it’s epic 4th of July fireworks show, but is a central point for outdoor adventures like water activities, hiking, mountain biking, camping, horse trails and amazing ATV trails.
This years GV Stampede brought close to 250 people to this small town. All ATV and off road enthusiasts looking forward to an interactive, forest Poker Run. It was quite impressive seeing the huge variety of 4-wheelers, ATV’s, sport UTV’s, quads, side by sides, single, double, and 4-seaters, and of course those rugged ATV’s with epic suspensions.
All gathering at Weilmunster Park in the center of Crouch, waves of off road enthusiasts set out to the mountains for close to 4 hours, to experience the terrain, views and to gather some poker cards along the way at special pit stops.
At the end of the ride, all the riders convened back at Weilmunster Park for a celebration event that included prizes, food, beer, music and even some dancing well. There were several great local bands, all offering an eclectic variety of music, that the crowd thoroughly enjoyed. My favorite part (besides all the doggies that rode along in the 4-wheelers) was the 4×4 car wash being offered by the Garden Valley High School’s basketball team as a fundraiser.
This was such a great experience seeing everyone come together with a common passion for the Idaho outdoors. It was refreshing to GO! and share the experience as a large group and connecting with the community of Crouch in such a warm and welcoming way.