Nestled on a high desert plain in the silhouette of the Rocky Mountains with a pristine river flowing through its center, Star and its surrounding areas find its roots from the gold rush days of the 1800s. Offering dramatic natural backgrounds, outdoor activities, historical significance and economical housing options, Star has a variety of reasons why residents call it home. Even Butch Otter, Idaho's Governor, resides at his Ranch in Star.
Thanks to its spectacular location, Star has a wealth of recreational activities available to residents. Some of these include whitewater rafting, water-skiing, fly fishing, snow skiing, snowmobiling, and golf. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are popular in the foothills to the immediate north of downtown as well as in the Boise River Greenbelt, which is an extensive urban trail system that runs along the Boise River. The Boise River itself is a common destination for fishing, swimming and rafting. Bogus Basin Ski Resort offers skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports. Boise also holds claim to the title of "Number One Mountain Biking Town in America" by both Mountain Bike Magazine and Bike Magazine.
Within a short distance from Star are a number of museums, including the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Historical Museum, The Basque Museum, and the Discovery Center of Idaho. Several theater groups operate in the city, including the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Little Theatre and the Boise Contemporary Theatre. Boise is also a regional hub for jazz and theater. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is hosted here each spring and in the summer, locals enjoy the Alive After Five series at The Grove. This plaza in downtown Boise comes to life with local musicians, entertainers and food, and is a popular location to gather after work every Wednesday evening. The Annual Idaho Shakespeare Festival has drawn national acclaim. Each summer, the Festival Outdoor Amphitheater hosts a rotation of Shakespeare's classics. The Western Idaho Fair caps off the summer season and brings together the best offerings in the state.
Whether it's the vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people, or the mild climate, Star and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. The small town charm within a short distance of a clean and vibrant downtown make Star a great place to call home.