Adventure Sports

Sandy beach on an island in Priest Lake.

31 Ways to Explore Inland NW Lakes

OTO writers share their ideas for recreation, adventure, and simply enjoying time at any lake in the Inland Northwest.

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Man standing on wind foiling board, getting towed behind power boat, on Lake Pend Oreille.

Wing Foiling on the Lake

Learn about the fringe sport of wing foiling—where riders use boards equipped with a hydrofoil and inflatable, hand-held sail called a wing.

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Polo players riding brown horses, wearing helmets, and carrying polo sticks.

Playing Polo in Spokane: Spring Clinics

The Spokane Polo Club, located only minutes from downtown Spokane, hosts a clinic every spring to recruit new members.

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Man holding on to a wooden aerial ladder among trees at Mica Moon.

Spokane’s Mica Moon Zip Tours Expands Again

Driving down I-90 past Liberty Lake, you might never know one of the region’s biggest zipline tours was tucked away in the forested hillsides of …

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A river-side campsite.

Rafting the Owyhee River

By Paul Delaney For those who wonder what the pioneers might have seen as they traveled the Oregon Trail in the 1840s, take a trip …

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Skier being pulled by a horse while they go off a jump/

Spurs and Ski Boots

By Jean Arthur Cowboys and cowgirls gallop their horses out of the start, snow clods flying, chaps flapping as skiers hang tight to ropes attached …

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Summer Snowboarding

By late June, pretty much all snow from the surrounding mountains of North Idaho had melted out, and the ski resorts had long been closed. …

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Two Oregon River Trips for Families & Beginners

If you are looking for outdoor adventure, whitewater rafting will deliver. But an excellent way to add even more adventure is to spend three or …

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Runner along a singletrack dirt trail in the backcountry, through a meadow, with mountain peaks in the distance.

Backpacking for Runners: A Quick Guide to Fastpacking

Do you ever feel like just one day spent running in the mountains, loping over root-covered terrain, climbing up scree fields, whirling around switchbacks, and …

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Zip, Climb, & Play at Mica Moon Zip Tours & Aerial Park

It’s easy to lose track of your speed at a cruising altitude of 200 feet. That’s a lesson I’m quickly learning on White Lightning, the …

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