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The people of the state of Idaho are extremely friendly and most have no problem picking up hitchhikers. Be advised however that it is one of the most conservative states in the US and in most areas outside of the capital Boise, people will not pick up anyone who looks at all liberal. The same rules apply here as anywhere, be nice and courteous no matter how absurd the drivers opinions might be. Beware of members from the aryan-nations in the north.



(1) No person shall stand on a highway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

Basically, hitchhiking is illegal based on the definition of highway. You CANNOT solicit rides form the shoulder or berm. It would be very hard to defend your position against an officer who claims you are breaking the law by soliciting a ride within the boundary lines of any road property, therefore avoid cops in this state at all costs! The cops in the southern two thirds of the state can be tricky to avoid. The cops in the northern third of the state (highway 12 and all points north) seem not to mind hitchhikers as much.

Federal Districts

Note:Some Federal areas in the US prohibit hitchhiking, such as in some National Parks or Scenic Byways.

Yellowstone National Park

36 CFR Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation shall be permitted within Yellowstone National Park except:
withing two tenths of a mile of an entrance station.
within 200 feet of a school, concession business or park service office building or visitor center.
in a residential area where signs exist establishing the area as residential areas only and discouraging public traffic.
while holding or having a sign which is larger than two feet by two feet in size.
the hitchhiker must stay off the paved surface of the roadway, though a hitchhiker may stand on pavement if clearly in a paved pullout.
where vehicles may not safely pull off of the main traffic lane
during the hours of darkness unless the hitchhiker is wearing bright clothing.
while under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating drugs.
when hitchhiking behavior is deemed unsafe or a nuisance by Park Staff.


People in northern Idaho are friendly and willing to pick up hitchhikers. The southern part is a different story. I have had many a long wait in southern Idaho and am not willing to hitchhike in southern Idaho anymore based on all the bad attention I was getting from state troopers; I feel I narrowly avoided arrest multiple times by feigning ignorance of the laws. Thewindandrain 02:04, 24 March 2012 (CET)


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