Nampa Idaho – Home of The Snake River Stampede

About Nampa Idaho:


The city of Nampa Idaho began to develop in the early 1880s as a railroad town and was incorporated in 1890. The Oregon Short Line Railroad built a line from Granger, Wyoming, to Huntington, Oregon and it passed through what is now Nampa. Soon more railroad lines would run through Nampa creating a center of railroad activity. The railroad lines brought people to the area causing Nampa to grow rapidly. Nampa’s population was estimated at 91,382 in 2016.

Arts & Culture:

Nampa is home to Northwest Nazarene University and College of Western Idaho.

Nampa Civic Center is home to The John Brandt Performing Arts Theater and is host to live theater, concerts, as well as conventions, weddings, etc.

Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho is a non-profit organization representing and preserving the heritage, arts, and cultural values of the local Hispanic community.

The historic Nampa Train Depot was opened in 1903, the train depot has been restored and now serves as a museum. Nampa has a rich railroad heritage that is still evident today with a large active railroad yard in the heart of town.

Warhawk Air Museum dedicated to preserve and honor our veterans’ histories. Collections include World War 1, World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam.  The museum houses many restored aircraft that are maintained in operable flying conditions and flown on a regular basis. The Warhawk Air Museum has provided the use of its aircraft to several movie productions.

Parks & Recreation:

Nampa maintains and operates 24 parks around the city. Nampa’s largest park is Lakeview Park. Lakeview Park is 44 acres in size and includes two covered picnic shelters with power and water, a rose garden, and an amphitheater all available for reservation for your events.

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Lowell Watch wildlife, photography, hunting, fishing, environmental education, boating, picnicking, etc. The refuge is open during daylight hours, Visitor Center is open weekdays 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM except for federal holidays.

Snake River Stampede Held in July of every year since the early 1900s.  The Stampede has grown from small bucking horse competition to a major professional rodeo.
The rodeo features bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, and ladies’ barrel racing, plus mutton busting for the kids and the famous Snake River Stampeders Night Light Drill Team.

Nampa Recreation Center The facility is 140,000 square foot featuring a six-pool aquatics center, three gymnasiums, six racquetball courts, a walking/running track, a weight room and exercise equipment, a climbing wall, aerobic and gymnastic centers, dance and ballet rooms, art and craft facilities, snack area and a play center, as well as a senior citizen wing.

Ford Idaho Center This venue hosts Rodeos, Concerts, Monster Truck Rallies, Horse Shows, etc. The venue includes an Amphitheater, Horse Park, and the Center Arena.
The Amphitheater seats 10,500 and has a 60 feet x 40 feet stage.
The Horse Park covers 110 acres and can house 850 horses. The horse park boasts an indoor arena, outdoor arena, warm-up pens, stock pens. stalls.
The Center Arena is home to the Snake River Stampede seats 12,279 and is 120,000 square feet.

Sawtooth Winery The Snake River Valley of Idaho is home to some amazing wineries including Sawtooth Winery of Nampa. Known for their Riesling, Pinot Gris, Syrah, Merlot, and Tempranillo. The Sawtooth Winery hosts many events including their annual Mother’s Day wine tasting, Wine & Swine food and wine celebration, summer hikes, dinner parties in the vineyard, and many more.

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