Malad Gorge: Worth A Look and Right Off Freeway
I can only imagine how many folks fly by this state park on the interstate unaware of the spectacular views that await them less than a few hundred yards away. This 451-acre park is located just off Interstate 84 at the Tuttle exit. People pass the park in an
Malad Gorge is a 450 acre area that is part of Thousand Springs State Park The park is spread out in several vignettes but Malad Gorge is the one we set out to see.
Within earshot of the freeway you can walk across a concrete bridge and see spectacular views of the Malad River. This river cascades down from above the freeway into a series of waterfalls. The river eventually ends up connecting to the Snake River over two miles downstream. The foot bridge is about 250 feet above the river. The rock formations are interesting to view as well. Once you cross the river you can walk around another couple hundred feet to get additional views of the river and gorge.
There is a very nice picnic area less than one half mile from the gorge. We arrived there in mid September around 3 p.m. No day fees were collected.
Be advised that they close the gate to Malad Gorge around 4:30 daily. Getting around the gate without a four wheel drive would be difficult.
The Malad River crashes down stairstep falls and into the Devils Washbowl, then cuts through a beautiful 250-foot gorge on its way to the Snake River, 2-1/2 miles downstream. W.Views of the gorge are best from the sturdy bridge that crosses the canyon. You can take a short hike to discover nearby fingers of the gorge where crystal-clear springs produce ponds and streams.Ritter Island offers excellent opportunities for photography and birdwatching. Nestled alongside the picturesque Snake River, between two magnificent springs, the property provides a sense of serenity and solitude - the perfect venue for small events and someday, small retreats.
Guided tours can be arranged by calling the park. Malad Gorge gate is open from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Hagerman Fossil Beds NM : Disappointing
It is not often that a national monument in the United States disappoints but the interpretation and facilities at Hagerman National Monument are disappointing.
It is not for the fact that something significant was discovered here. The Hagerman National Monument contains the largest concentration of hagerman horse remains of anywhere in the world.
While the area is rich in fossils the national monument falls short on describing the significance of the area from its exhibits on site and at the visitor center. First off, the visitor center is located several miles from the site. It is located in downtown Hagerman and is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday of the week from September to mid June. During summer months it is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
The information provided at the park itself is also very limited. There are interpretive signs overlooking an area of fossils, a sign post pointing out the location of the Oregon trail, and a picnic area overlooking the park. There was no printed information available on any of the limited trails in the area. Perhaps this is due to fiscal limitations but compared to the fossil park in Wyoming we found this park to be disappointing.
The park is located about an hour and a half east of Boise and a good half hour west of Idaho Falls. Freeway signs announce its location.
There is no fee for entering the park by vehicle.
Hot spa hunting
North of Boise are many accessible, easy to get to natural hot springs. There are also some out of the way ones-usually the best, and some commercial one. Its worth getting a map or a book showing where and what they have.
- Adventure Travel
Touring the back roads of Idaho, you will find old mining towns, relics of the past and lots of history. There are some fascinating places and some are preserved. It makes for good exploring and nice day trips. Some trips can be weekenders and you can end up in very remote area.
- Budget Travel
- Adventure Travel
- Road Trip
Basque Museum and Cultural Center
The Basques are one of the most mysterious races of people in the world. No one is certain of their origins, but Boise became a mecca for Basque immigrants, maybe there are similarities in climate, I don't know. It was interesting to see this museum and learn more about the Basques.
611 Grove Street
Boise, Idaho 83702 USA
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, Monday and Holidays Closed
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Hiking off of Lick Creek Road....
Hiking off of Lick Creek Road. Stop at May's Hardware in town for some hiking info. Or purchase a McCall hiking book at either McCall Drug or Hometown Sports. There are some great hikes off of Lick Creek Road--some of which are very challenging.