The valley is surrounded by the Owyhee, Weiser and Boise mountain ranges that rise steeply to 8-9,000 feet above sea level and range in distance from eight to twenty miles away from Caldwell, surrounding the Treasure Valley. The slopes are partly covered with sagebrush, which gives way to chaparral, then to ridges of fir, pine, spruce and juniper. Recreational activities are a highlight of Idaho and the Caldwell area provides access to a variety of enthusiasts from rock hounds to river rafters, skiers to hot springs lovers, trail riders to hikers and much, much more. Caldwell, 25 miles west of Boise, is the second largest city in Canyon County. The premier event in Caldwell is the Caldwell Night Rodeo, "Where the Cowboys are the Stars," a western tradition that is held in August. Caldwell is enjoying recent recognition as "the Heart of Idaho Wine Country!" A variety of wineries are located in the countryside near Caldwell and Ste. Chapelle Winery hosts a summer concert series. May features the biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Treasure Valley presented by the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce. Summer brings the Wednesday evening Farmers Market at Serenity Park May-Oct. In September the highlight is the Indian Creek Festival. November brings the lighting of the Christmas Tree and Indian Creek Walk. The first week of December features the Treasure Valley Night Light Holiday Parade, presented by the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce. Visitors can enjoy great golf at Purple Sage or Fairview Golf Courses.
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