March 15, 2024Exploring Spring in Blue River: A Day Itinerary for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Welcome to Blue River, where the air is crisp, the scenery is breathtaking, and adventure awaits around every corner. As spring unfolds its vibrant colors and the snow begins to melt away, it’s the perfect time to embark on a day filled with outdoor exploration. Join us as we map out an itinerary that caters to adventurers of all ages, from picking up snacks and essentials at the Rocky Mountain Deli and Trading Post to traversing the scenic trails and taking in the sights of the pedestrian bridge, to a serene picnic on Eleanor Lake.

Morning: Fuel Up and Gear Up

Start your day off right by stopping in at the Rocky Mountain Deli and Trading Post, a local gem nestled in the heart of Blue River. Here, you can stock up on snacks, homemade sandwiches, and all the essentials you’ll need for a day of outdoor exploration. From healthy snacks to baked goods, there’s something to satisfy every craving.

While you’re here, don’t forget to visit for the local trail map to guide you on your adventures. 

Mid-Morning: Hiking Along the Green Mile

With your snacks packed and your trail map in hand, it’s time to hit the west side trails and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Blue River. The Green Mile trail offers a scenic route that winds through lush forests with mossy green floors giving you that West Coast feel right in the interior. As you hike, keep an eye out for wildlife, wildflowers, and the signs of spring emerging all around you. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a novice explorer, the Green Mile offers a leisurely trek suitable for adventurers of all skill levels.

Lunchtime: Enjoy Eleanor Lake

Take some time to refuel and enjoy the serenity and beauty of Eleanor Lake. Located between the west and east trail systems, the Blue River Community Park offers an opportunity to relax and enjoy nature, while enjoying a place to spread out your meal, put up your feet and just breath.

Afternoon: Crossing the Pedestrian Bridge

After quelling your appetite, take a leisurely stroll on the east trails, stopping to admire the pedestrian suspension bridge, a beloved landmark that offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Pause for a moment to soak in the sights and sounds of the Blue River, and perhaps snap a few photos to capture the memories of your day. As you walk along the North Thompson River, keep watch for moose, eagles and possibly deer. 

Late Afternoon: Reflection and Relaxation

As the day draws to a close, take some time to reflect on the adventures you’ve had and the memories you’ve made by visiting the Grizzly Food Shack for burgers, wraps & more. Whether you spent the day hiking, picnicking, or simply soaking in the sights, Blue River offers a tranquil setting to unwind and reconnect with nature. As you head home, take with you the memories of your day in Blue River, and the anticipation of future adventures yet to come. With its scenic trails, charming landmarks, and warm hospitality, Blue River is a destination that beckons visitors to return time and time again.