Twin Falls Off The Beaten Path

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    CRATER OF THE MOON NATIONAL MONUMENT

    by travelgourmet Updated Sep 18, 2012

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    %Driving for about 1 1/2 hours north of Twin Falls, Idaho, on Hwy 93, you come to view one of the most fantastic sights in the vast fields of lava. I though I was on the Big Island of Hawaii when I first saw the black lava rocks looming ahead. The last volcanic activity here was 2100 years ago but the area is still only dormant. The area itself is isolated and looms large and lonely, but there were campers there and they seemed like they were enjoying the lava trails.

    Turning into the Park itself, there is a visitors center on the left with a gift shop as well. Picked up my Native American made walking stick at this store for all the walking I was about to do. Lots of trails lead through the many lava flow areas. Many self drive loops to see the splendors of cinder cones, spatter cones, lava tubes, and different types of lava flows. There are also 52 overnight campsites with tables, cooking grills (no firepits allowed), with restrooms nearby. This is a first come, first serve campgrounds. No reservations. Worth the side trip, or if you heading north to Montana. If the campgrounds are full, it would be back to Twin Falls.

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    Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

    by leafmcgowan Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Highway 30, Hagerman, Idaho: just off the Scenic Thousand Springs Byway. "Fossil bones of zebras, beaver, otter, pelicans, and other water fowl, are found in sediments left from a 3,400,000 year old pond on the bluff across the river. Lava flows, pouring out over the plains on the side of the river where Hwy 30 runs, met and dammed up sedimentary deposits washed up on the other side, making lakes and swamps. Here the river divides these two important geological settings, formed at a time when the climate was wetter, and the plains were tree-dotted grasslands, where zebra-like horses grazed." All along the Snake River, fossils can be found, but some of the most notable fossils were found near Hagerman, giving birth to the National Monument. When Elmer Cook, a cattle rancher in Hagerman, Idaho, discovered some fossilized bones on his land - in 1928, he showed them to Dr. H.T. Stearns of the USGS who passed them on to Dr. Gidley at the Smithsonian Institution - identifying them as belonging to an extinct horse. They excavated the area and found three tons of speciments. The most valuable of the fossils found, was the large volume of this extinct Horse, known as Equus simplicidens, a.k.a. "The Hagerman Horse". Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 10/01/06.

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    Thousand Falls Scenic Byway

    by leafmcgowan Written Oct 5, 2006

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    Highway 30, just south of I-84, between Bliss and southeast of Twin Falls, Idaho: US 30 and 50; some of US 93. A gorgeous and monumental Scenic Byway that winds along the Snake River Plain Aquifer passing by hundreds of natural springs that are gushing from teh steep canyon walls and cascading into the Snake River below. The Aquifer creeps through an area of several thousand square miles under southern Idaho's porous volcanic rock - producing clean, pure, oxygenated water at a constant temperature of 58 degrees F. giving a great home to trout and an attraction to trout fishers. Several State Parks bound the byway, 5 parks: Hagerman Valley; the Snake River; Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument; Thousand Springs; National and State Fish Hatcheries; Hot Springs; Historical Museums; Fish, Waterfowl, and Bird Viewing; Herrett Center Planetarium; and much more. Lots of private campgrounds along the route. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 10/01/06.

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