Kuna (pronounced as quna, not as in “tuna”) was named with the help of an Indian language dictionary. It was believed to be the Shoshone word for “snow;” others say it means “the end,” or “the end of the trail.” With its strong agricultural roots, a one hundred-year tradition of successful dairy and beef cattle operations, and a growing and young population, “the end” is definitely a misnomer for this Ada County community.
About eighteen miles southwest of Boise, Kuna lies between fertile irrigated lands and scenic rangelands. Crops grown successfully in the Kuna area include corn, alfalfa, beans, sugar beets, grains, seeds, and mint. It is also home to numerous horse breeders.
Kuna is the Gateway City to the Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, which contains the densest nesting population of raptors in the world.