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Outdoor Adventures | Scenic Byways | Fun For Kids | Things to Do & See IdahoHighCountry.org Official Travel Guide

WELCOME TO SOUTHEAST IDAHO’S HIGH COUNTRY!

We have 200+ days of sunshine and we are eager to share them with you across four beautiful seasons! If you love the outdoors, one of the wonderful things about Southeast Idaho is being able to get outside any time of year. Play in the water, climb, hike, and ride in the warmer months and then ski, snowshoe, or ride the powder in the colder months. The varied terrain makes almost every kind of outdoor recreation possible. For a different point of view, indoor entertainment—art, museums, concerts, great food, and shopping—is available as well! As you make your way to our corner of Idaho, please keep in mind that travel may look a little different than in years past. Outdoor recreation activities and destinations remain a popular choice for travelers. We encourage you to check hours and availability of businesses and attractions before visiting. This guide gives you a little taste of what we have in store for you and we hope it persuades you to come and visit! What can’t be expressed through words and pictures is the relaxed pace and the friendly people you’ll meet, the wide-open spaces and stunning scenery, and the experiences you’ll treasure for years to come. We can’t wait to welcome you to our corner of Idaho!

Southeast Idaho High Country Tourism 430 E Main St, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246 888-201-1063 • IdahoHighCountry.org Published by Forrest Design Group LLC, 150 S Arthur Ave, Ste 225, Pocatello, ID 83204. Please contact us to advertise in future editions. Experience Southeast Idaho Travel Guide ©2023. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Every effort was made to assure accuracy. Data are subject to change. Corrections are welcome for future publication. Specific businesses, attractions and services mentioned in this publication serve only as examples of Southeast Idaho attractions and are not intended to be comprehensive. Mention does not constitute an endorsement or guarantee by Southeast Idaho High Country Tourism. Publishers, Experience Southeast Idaho, and Southeast Idaho High Country Tourism assume no responsibility for errors. Southeast Idaho High Country Tourism is the regional organization supported by the Idaho Travel Council to promote tourism in Idaho Region 5 which includes Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties. IDAHOHIGHCOUNTRY.ORG LAND OF HEALING WATERS Know Before You Go Travel Tips & Visitor Info 5 Date Night Four Unique Date Destinations 7 Fun For Kiddos Come Out & Play! ........................... 8 Day At The Museum Stepping Through Time................. 10 Camping Styles Which Style Is For You? 12 Dramatic Drives Scenic & Historic Byways 15 Live Theater A Plethora of Performances 16 Welcome to Wellness Resources In Southeast Idaho 18 Frosty Adventures Snow Much Fun! .......................... 20 Water, Water Everywhere Thrills From Gills & Spills ............... 24 Hot On The Trail But Cool In The Mountains 26 Fishing Holes & Hiking Trails 27 Exhilarating Escapades Recreation For Ultimate Venturers 28 Tribal Heritage Attend A Top Rated Pow-Wow 30 Land Of Healing Waters You’re In Hot Spring Country 32 Daycations Time For A Roadtrip! .................... 34 Wildlife In Southeast Idaho ...................... 36 A Birder’s Paradise Tweety Tips & Tours 37 Rockhound’s Delight A Geologic Wonderland 38 It’s Rodeo Time Saddle Up! 40 Where The Wild Things Aren’t Indoor Lodging 41 Historic Tidbits A Little Local Color .......................42 Back to Nature Find Your Roots! ........................... 43 Area Events Places To Be & Things To See 44 Map of the Region 47 Local Trail Maps 48 Table of Contents HOT ON THE TRAIL 26 32 WELCOME TO WELLNESS 18 Tag us in your Southeast Idaho experience! #ExperienceSEIdaho 22-V-01 15M FROSTY ADVENTURES 20 Cover Photo by Mimi Grunig Photography I daho h igh c ountry.org | 3

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Travel Tips & Visitor Info

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE WHEN YOU VISIT US?

Avg Low 17°F - Avg High 35°F

Avg Monthly Highs:

Dec: 33°F, Jan: 33°F, Feb: 38°F

Avg Monthly Lows:

Dec: 16°F, Jan: 16°F, Feb: 19°

WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE HERE!

Beautiful Southeast Idaho’s High Country is a one-of-akind experience filled with activities you won’t want to miss out on! To make your trip planning easier, we’ve listed a few resources and tips here. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, our website has much more detailed information, IdahoHighCountry.org. We’ll see you soon!

PUBLIC LAND

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Pocatello Resource Area, 1111 N 8th Street, Pocatello, ID 83201 (208)236-6860 blm.gov/idaho

MONTPELIER RANGER DISTRICT

322 N 4th Street, Montpelier, ID 83254 (208)847-0375

SODA SPRINGS RANGER DISTRICT

410 Hooper Ave, Soda Springs, ID 83276 • (208) 547-4356

WESTSIDE RANGER DISTRICT

Pocatello Office, 4350 Cliffs Drive, Pocatello, ID 83204 • (208)236-7500

Malad Office, 195 S 300 E, Malad, ID 83252 • (208)766-5900

US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

4425 Burley Dr #A, Chubbuck, ID 83201 • (208)237-6615 fws.gov

IDAHO FISH AND GAME

1345 Barton Road, Pocatello, ID 83201 • (208)334-3700

fishandgame.idaho.gov

IDAHO STATE PARKS

BEAR LAKE STATE PARK 181 S Main, PO Box 252, Paris, ID 83261 • (208)945-2790

MASSACRE ROCKS STATE PARK 3592 N Park Lane, American Falls, ID 83211 • (208)548-2672

IDAHO STATE PARKS & RECREATION parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

SOUTHEAST IDAHO PUBLIC LANDS CAMPGROUNDS

idahohighcountry.org/cat/publiclands-campground

NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE AND BLM campground information, reservations, and availability visit recreation.gov or blm.gov/ programs/recreation/camping

SOUTHEAST IDAHO RV PARKS & CAMPGROUNDS

idahohighcountry.org/cat/ rv-park-campground

Pack extra layers, snow boots, hats, gloves, lotion and chapstick for the dry and cold weather. Be prepared for snow driving and pack a road emergency kit.

Avg Low 33°F - Avg High 58°F

Avg Monthly Highs:

Mar: 49°F, Apr: 58°F, May: 68°F

Avg Monthly Lows:

Mar: 27°F, Apr: 33F°, May: 40°F

Pack an umbrella, rain boots, cold weather footwear, fleeces, pants, windbreaker/waterproof jacket.

Avg Low 50°F - Avg High 84°F

Avg Monthly Highs:

Jun: 78°F, Jul: 88°F, Aug: 87°F

Avg Monthly Lows:

Jun: 47°F, Jul: 52°F, Aug: 51°F

Pack sunscreen, water bottle, sandals/hiking shoes, bug spray, lightweight sweatshirts/cardigans.

Avg Low 33°F - Avg High 60°F

Avg Monthly Highs:

Sept: 76°F, Oct: 61°F, Nov: 44°F

Avg Monthly Lows:

Sept: 42°F, Oct: 33°F, Nov: 24° F

Pack lighter jackets, long sleeves, and sweaters for the day but pack warmer clothes for night or when in the mountains.

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DATE NIGHT Four Unique Date Destinations

Fuel the spark in your relationship at a unique date destination. Perhaps your dates have become routine, or maybe they simply haven’t happened in a while. No need to look far for a date to remember. Kindle your love life at one of these unique local destinations in Southeast Idaho.

NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Pocatello has so many choices for an exciting night out. Ignite city fun with live country music, rock music, swing lessons, artisan breweries, and more at Portneuf Valley Brewing. Beyond hand-crafted beers are made-fromscratch appetizers and meals to satisfy your cravings and melt your troubles away. Fresh food is available all week long, and special evening entertainment comes on the weekends.

Learn more at IdahoHigh Country.org/ item/portneufvalley-brewing/.

FEEL THE THRILL

For a glamorous night of entertainment and gaming enjoy the fine facilities and cuisine at Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel. Whether you seek a buffet or lounge experience, the Casino Hotel has your dining desires. With over 800 popular video gaming machines, some fun and friendly gaming will make a unique date night and maybe you’ll win a little extra too. Check out their entertainment schedule with new shows featuring big talent for a special night to remember. For extra pampering, head to the luxury Cedar Spa and treat yourself to a sauna or surprise your partner with a couple’s massage. Learn more at IdahoHighCountry.org/item/shoshonebannock-hotel

SOAK IN SERENITY

If you want to change your pace, warm up a cool night and boost your wellness with a relaxing soak and mouthwatering steak at Downata Hot Springs. Not in the mood for steak? Try the shrimp or pasta with a savory side. If you’re more of an early bird, you can also dine on scrumptious breakfast before a soak in the hot pools. From a chilly

winter night to a clear summer evening, this is an ideal escape in nature. Learn more at IdahoHigh Country.org/ item/downatahot-springs

HOME ON THE RANGE

Transport yourself to carefree days with a horse-drawn wagon ride, BBQ dinner, and live western music. The authentic rural experience at Baker Ranch near Lava Hot springs will create the perfect evening and a date you will cherish. You can book an experience for just you and your partner or adventure as a group. In

addition, Baker Ranch also offers a setting for snowy adventures in the winter. Listen for the crunch of snow on well-marked trails while snowshoeing or cross-country skiing with your special someone. At midpoint, relax at a warming lodge, sled down a perfect winter slope, and take in the scenic winter beauty of Idaho. Learn more at IdahoHighCountry.org/ item/baker-ranch-wagon-ride s. Create treasured memories at one of these unique date destinations.

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Baker Ranch Portneuf Valley Brewing Downata Hot Springs
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FUN FOR KIDDOS

Come Out and Play!

You don’t have to go far to find family fun in Southeast Idaho! If you’re looking for a morning, afternoon, or overnight outing, here are some great ideas for you.

HOOK, LINE & SINKER

Have you wanted to take your kids fishing, but you weren’t sure where to begin? The Idaho Fish & Game “Take Me Fishing” Trailer hosts events at local ponds to make fishing easy for you. During the event, kids don’t need a fishing license and can check out fishing equipment for free as long as they sign up at the trailer. Even if you’ve been fishing before, this is a convenient way to get outdoors and enjoy fishing for a low-hassle, fun-filled experience. Find out when the “Take Me Fishing” Trailer will be near you at IdahoHighCountry. org/cat/fishing.

THE BUTTERFLY HAVEN

A great activity for families and groups of all ages! The Butterfly Haven is located in Pingree and showcases a very wide variety of species including Monarch and Queen. Walk around the greenhouses and see vibrant flowers and butterflies in their natural habitat. The season runs from May to September as the butterflies are not active during the colder months. IdahoHighCountry.org/ item/the-butterfly-haven

GET CAUGHT IN THE SPLASH ZONE

Not only does Idaho have over 30 lakes and reservoirs, but there are also many local swimming pools which provide a fun and safe environment for families. Here’s a list of local swimming pools you’ll want to check out.

Possibly the most popular option, Lava Hot Springs Olympic Swimming Complex has the largest swimming pool in the region, holding nearly one million gallons of water. Its lengthy speed slides over the road and extremely high, 33foot diving platform attract many visitors from out-of-town. From the shallow end to the 17-foot-deep diving area, this

When you’re ready to fish beyond the trailer, take a trip to one of the 31 reservoirs, creeks, streams, and rivers in Southeast Idaho. You can add this to a day of outdoor fun or a weekend of camping

COUGARS, & ELK, & BEARS, OH MY!

Get acquainted with species from the Intermountain West at Zoo Idaho. With 25 acres, 30 exhibits, and nearly 100 animals, your family will enjoy seeing indigenous species up close. Watch wildlife others may only see from afar at Yellowstone National Park, including bears, bison, deer, elk, and cougars. Learn more about Zoo Idaho at IdahoHighCountry.org/item/ pocatello-zoo.

pool offers larger than life fun for the family during the summer.

Adjacent to the Olympic-sized outdoor pool is an Indoor Aquatic Center with a kiddie water playground, hot tub, 25-yard indoor swimming pool, diving boards, and poolside rock climbing.

If you are planning a family reunion or want to camp with a pool nearby, Indian Springs is a great option. Indian Springs Resort and RV Park has 200 acres of RV sites, campgrounds, and pavilions. You don’t need to stay overnight to use the swimming pool, making this great for a day trip or multi-day stay.

Another pool with camping options is Downata Hot Springs, complete with a large pool, steam pools, and four exciting water slides. If you get hungry, they offer snacks and meals near the pool! Overnight accommodations

Butterfly Haven Fishing at American Falls Reservoir
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Lava Hot Springs Olympic Swimming Complex

include an RV park, yurts, tipis, cabins, vacation rentals, and even Conestoga Covered Wagons.

Located just five miles north of Preston, Bear River Resort has four warm pools, including a children’s pool and two waterslides. With a hotel, cabins, RV sites, camping sites, condo, and event center, you can host a family gathering, visit for a day, or stay overnight.

If you’re looking for a pool to entertain children from very young to teens, Ross Park Aquatic Complex in Pocatello has several great amenities, including a 25yard pool, lazy river, activity pool, and zero depth pool. You can also plan a day filled with swimming and a visit to Zoo Idaho across the street.

In addition to a large pool and two waterslides, Malad City’s pool, Le Grande Aqua Plunge, offers water aerobics, lap swimming, mom and tots swimming, and swimming lessons. Open summers, children and parents will have a blast playing at these pools. Learn more about these pools at IdahoHighCountry.org/cat/waterparksand-swimming-pools.

Have a great time Visiting These Indoor, Family Fun Activities in Southeast Idaho :

The Atrium Lava Hot Springs

Deleta Skating & Family Fun Center

Pocatello

Geronimo’s Trampoline Park

Chubbuck

Heber Hatchets Axe Throwing

Pocatello

Jump In Pocatello

Level Up Pocatello

Malad Bowl Malad City

Outer Limits Fun Zone Pocatello

Pocatello Recreation Center

Swimming Pool & Climbing Wall

Pocatello

Pop’n Pins Bowling Alley Preston

Spare Time Lanes Soda Springs

Tough Guy Lanes Pocatello

Learn more about these activities at IdahoHighCountry.org/cat/ indoor-recreation

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DAY AT THE MUSEUM

Stepping Through Time

Southeast Idaho’s rich and abundant culture is spread far and wide throughout the region. Every city and stop on your trip has a story to tell. Whether you’re interested in Native American history, Pioneer ancestry, or the famous Idaho potato, there’s a museum to connect with. If your passion is cleaning, we have a museum for that too! Make time to check out some of these eclectic museums.

BANNOCK COUNTY HISTORICAL COMPLEX (Bannock County Historical Museum, Fort Hall Replica and Commemorative Trading Post, & Pocatello Junction)

3000 Avenue of the Chiefs, Pocatello (208) 233-0434 Open Year Round

The Bannock County Historical Museum houses exhibits relating to Bannock County and Pocatello history with themes including railroad, medical, military, prohibition, fire fighting, printing, ranching and farming. See a

BINGHAM COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

190 N Shilling Ave, Blackfoot (208) 785-8065 Open Year Round

The Museum is located in the John Brown Mansion, a southern plantation style-homebuilt in 1905. Exhibits include Native American artifacts, period clothing and furnishings, musical instruments, military uniforms, a doll collection, and numerous historical photos.

DAUGHTERS OF THE UTAH PIONEERS

MUSEUM

Center Street, Soda Springs (208) 547-3706 Open Jun 1 to Oct 1

The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers built this museum in 1983. It features antiques, photographs, and books depicting local history.

FRANKLIN HISTORIC DISTRICT

113 E Main Street, Franklin (208) 646-2290 Open Summers

The oldest continually settled town in Idaho, Franklin was founded in 1860 by Mormon pioneers. Several original buildings stand in the historic district: the Relic Hall, the old ZCMI store, the Hatch House, and others. The Old Yellowstone Route is just outside of Franklin where stagecoaches full of tourists once traveled on tours to Yellowstone National Park. Start at the Relic Hall 1/2 block off of Hwy 91 on East Main Street.

GEORGETOWN RELIEF SOCIETY HALL

161 W 3rd St Georgetown Summer Only

Victorian parlor, a Japanese Shrine, a photography studio, a Holladay Overland Stage Co. stagecoach, and Shoshoni and Bannock ethnographic photographs and objects.

The Fort Hall Replica and Commemorative Trading Post is a full size replica of the stockade trading post that served pioneer travelers along the Oregon Trail. Through the massive wooden gates visit the Company Hall, Frontier Room, Indian Room, Factor’s Quarter, Blacksmith and Carpenter’s Room. The Museum and Trading Post sit adjacent to Pocatello Junction, a frontier town replica, and Zoo Idaho at Ross Park

Idaho Museum of Natural History

BUTCH CASSIDY MUSEUM

833 Washington St, Montpelier ButchCassidyMuseum@gmail.com

The restored Bank of Montpelier houses the museum. The bank was robbed by Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch Gang in 1896 when they escaped with $7,142 in gold, silver and currency. It is the last standing bank in the world robbed by Butch Cassidy and his gang. Free admission.

This small log and wood frame building over 125 years old, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In Georgetown’s early settlement, it functioned as a local chapel, schoolhouse and general meeting hall. For many years it was a focal point for the female society of this small community.

IDAHO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

698 E Dillon St, Pocatello (208) 282-3317 Open Year Round

At the Idaho Museum of Natural History, you will see fossils of animals that used to live right here in Idaho, including whorl tooth sharks and dinosaurs! Children will get excited about earth and life science with hands-on activities in the Discovery Room. Plus, check their calendar for more events.

The National Oregon/California Trail Center
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South Bannock Co. Historical Center

IDAHO POTATO MUSEUM

130 NW Main St, Blackfoot (208) 785-2517 Open Year Round

Got potatoes? Learn about the potatoes that put Idaho on the map. Located in Blackfoot, Idaho, the Potato Capitol of the World, the Idaho Potato Museum explores the history, cultivation and harvesting of potatoes. Displays showcase unique artifacts including the World’s Largest Potato Crisp, as noted in the Guinness Book of World Records. The museum’s gift shop offers a wide variety of potato and Idaho-themed gifts. No visit to the museum is complete without a visit to its Potato Station Café where hot baked potatoes and home-style French fries are featured on the menu. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the iconic giant potato while you’re there.

MASSACRE ROCKS STATE PARK VISITORS CENTER

3592 Park Lane, American Falls (208) 548-2672 Open Seasonally

The park is one of the Historic Areas operated by the State of Idaho to remind visitors of the march of history through the state. The park has stories to tell which date back to times best described in geologic terms.

MUSEUM OF CLEAN (DON ASLETT’S)

711 S 2nd Ave, Pocatello, (208) 236-6906

Open Year Round

For a unique experience, check out this 74,000 square foot museum. It houses a one-of-a-kind collection of historical household cleaning products and accessories. Sprinkled with handson experiences, children will have fun learning about familiar and unfamiliar cleaning practices. Who knows, maybe it will also inspire your children to clean their rooms when you get home?

THE NATIONAL OREGON/CALIFORNIA TRAIL CENTER

320 N 4th Street, Montpelier

(866) 847-3800 Open Summers

Did you know that the Oregon Trail passed through southeast Idaho? Connect with pioneer history at the trail center with live actors, simulated experiences, and fun dining indoors. The trail center depicts the 2000-mile, 5-month journey along the Oregon

Trail in daily Living History tours. Built to preserve and perpetuate the pioneer heritage of the two trails and the Bear Lake Valley, the trail center is located near the Clover Creek Encampment of the Oregon Trail.

ONEIDA PIONEER MUSEUM

27 Bannock St, Malad City (208) 766-4847 Open Summers

Originally a local drug store, Malad’s Pioneer Museum building was constructed in 1914 and features the original pressed-tin ceiling and safe. Today, visitors can see a variety of local treasures such as antique furniture, photographs, military uniforms, medical instruments and much more.

POWER COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

500 Pocatello Ave, American Falls (208) 226-1325 Open Summers

The museum features exhibits detailing the history and development of Power County. Visitors take a trip back to the era of the movement of the whole town to make way for the American Falls Dam.

PARIS HISTORICAL MUSEUM

345 Main Street, Paris (208) 945-2212 Open Summers

The museum displays local history artifacts and is located directly across the street from the historic Paris Tabernacle.

SHOSHONE-BANNOCK TRIBAL MUSEUM

Exit 80 off I-15, Fort Hall (208) 237-9791

Open Year Round

Learn how the Shoshone-Bannock people lived and settled the area around eastern Idaho, told from their point of view. This significant and historic museum exhibits tribal history, old photographs, artifacts from the Old Fort Hall, and unique beadwork. There are several tours featuring Chief Pocatello. The museum store features Native American books, music and tribal artwork.

SOUTH BANNOCK COUNTY

HISTORICAL CENTER

110 E Main St, Lava Hot Springs (208) 776-5254 Open Year Round

See permanent and rotating exhibits about the history of the Lava Hot Springs area and development of the surrounding rural communities of Arimo, Inkom, Downey, McCammon, Virginia and Swan Lake.

Find More About These Museums at IdahoHighCountry.org/ cat/museums
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CAMPING STYLES

Which Style is For You?

Starry nights, scenic mountain ranges, a plethora of wildlife, and numerous outdoor activities will entice any outdoor lover to get into nature. When night falls, set up camp in one of the many public campsites for tents and RVs. For a not so rugged camping experience, reserve a cabin or check out some of our “quirky” camping alternatives. Here are a few ideas to help you decide which style is right for you.

OUTDOOR LIVING

If dispersed camping seems too daunting, Southeast Idaho also offers a myriad of established campgrounds ready

to be reserved. Campgrounds cater to either tents and/or RVs, depending on your style of camping and location. They may include facilities such as restrooms, electrical hookups, potable water, picnic areas, garbage cans, tent pads, and group shelters. However, many campgrounds may only offer a picnic table and fire ring. Campgrounds can be

private locations or publicly owned and maintained by BLM services, with the fees going to help maintain campsites. Private camping locations can even be found on Airbnb.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Get out into nature without missing the coziness of your home! A ranger guard station is a good mix between traditional camping and overnighting in a cabin. Guard stations are available to the public and are one-room spaces. Nature lovers appreciate these stations because of their remote locations and availability—many are available all year long. Make sure to bring sleeping gear and cooking/eating essentials. If a ranger guard station doesn’t

CREATE-A-CAMPSITE

For a remote camping trip close to nature, try dispersed camping. Dispersed camping refers to camping on public lands away from developed recreational facilities. With many locations situated far into Southeast Idaho backcountry, a quiet, isolated camp spot is easy to come by. Backpacking is one method of dispersed camping. If possible, make sure to use campsites that have already been used by others. These campsites are recognized by flat ground, signifying that campers have already been there. Dispersed camping is allowed on public land for a period not to exceed 14 days. It’s a great way to enjoy the picturesque landscapes of beautiful Southeast Idaho.

sound relaxing enough, Southeast Idaho also has plenty of bigger cabins with all the amenities to make them a home away from home. Host family get togethers, business retreats, or just enjoy nature with a loved one in a fully furnished cabin.

GLAMP IT UP

Plan a camping vacation you will never forget! Head to Downata where you can glamp in a Conestoga covered wagon. The wagons come with a king-size bed, one bunk bed, A/C, heating, a small table, refrigerator, and microwave. Spend the evening roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on the fire under the stars and then climb right into a real comfy bed.

Downata Hot Springs Conestoga Wagon Man’s Best Friend Enjoying Camping Maple Grove Hot Springs Photo Kiana Spillman Photo Kiana Spillman
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QUIRKY CAMPOUTS

Tipi camping is another unique camping method that you’ll want to check out. They are modern, canvas dwellings to protect users from Idaho’s elements. Tipis function just like a tent so bring your own sleeping gear and other equipment. Tipi in Downata or along the river in Lava. You may imagine a yurt in a faraway land as a vacation destination. Did you know you can rent a yurt right here in southeast Idaho? Achieve the ultimate getaway with a secluded stay in a Mongolian snow hut yurt.

Like tipis, yurts are a fun way to immerse yourself in the countryside with a group of campers. They have a domed ceiling,

wooded or cement floors, and often come furnished with a fire stove. The Portneuf Range Yurt System has four yurts: Inman, Catamount, Jackson Creek, and Skyline. Yurts can also be rented at Downata. A yurt can make any snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or hiking trip a true adventure.

Southeast Idaho has a variety of outdoor activities, so you’ll never run out of things to do on your trip. So get out into the wild frontier with one of these quirky camping styles! No matter your camping style, Southeast Idaho will quickly become your go-to getaway.

Campground Resources

Southeast Idaho Public Lands, RV Parks & Campgrounds visit IdahoHighCountry.org

National Forest Service campground and ranger guard station information, reservations, and availability visit recreation.gov

BLM dispersed camping visit blm. gov/programs/recreation/camping

Yurt info IdahoHighCountry.org/ item/east-mink-creek-Nordiccenter-yurt/ or isu.edu/outdoor/ rentals/yurts

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Lava KOA East Cabins
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DRAMATIC DRIVES

Scenic & Historic Byways

T he beautiful high mountains and deep valleys are why visitors come back to Southeast Idaho year after year. Wide-open spaces entice you outside to take a pleasant drive and get away from the busyness of life. Vast, green forests, rolling mountains, and plenty of wildlife sightings are what you can expect with a drive through Southeast Idaho High Country. Get some gas and hit the road on some of our best scenic routes.

THE GOLD ROAD

Take a historic ride on your way through Southeast Idaho. On the Idaho Gold Road Tour, you will learn about gold prospectors, the railroad, fur trappers, and the Oregon Trail Emigrants. The Gold Road was first established in eastern Idaho during the Civil War. Usage increased in 1883 after gold was discovered in Virginia City. The route

American, Mormon Pioneer, and Oregon Trail heritage. On the byway, visitors will enjoy pristine geological formations along with plenty of water spots. There are over 10 reservoirs

on the byway which offer boating, fishing, and camping for families to take advantage of.

Begin your journey with a visit to a memorial site designated as a National Historic Landmark just north of Preston where, in 1863, the United States Army attacked a Shoshone Native American Tribe. The infamous attack, known as the Bear River Massacre, is studied as part of the American Indian War and American Civil War.

Refuge and see the world’s largest concentration of nesting Sand Hill Cranes each April.

THE OREGON TRAILBEAR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY

The roads of Southeast Idaho from the Utah border through Soda Springs and west to McCammon have been roamed since before recorded history. The land was first traversed by various tribes of Native Americans who traveled to “PoHa-Ba,” the hot spring healing water at Lava Hot Springs. Then the area was later used by fur trappers and emigrants on the Oregon Trail. The scenic byway passes by Bear Lake, famous for its beautiful, turquoise-blue water. The water is especially vibrant when seen

spans from Montana to Utah with 200 miles passing through eastern Idaho. Visit historic landmarks and see real Idaho wilderness on your tour through Southeast Idaho’s Gold Road.

THE PIONEER HISTORIC BYWAY

Hitch up your wagon and take a ride back through time! The National Pioneer Historic Byway begins on US 91 at the Utah/Idaho border and continues north to Idaho 34, ending at the Idaho/ Wyoming border. Historians will love learning about Southeast Idaho’s Native

Continue northward and stop off at Maple Grove Hot Springs along Bear River in the scenic Oneida Narrows canyon for a relaxing, sulfur-free soak.

At the north end of the Byway, drive through Grays Lake National Wildlife

from the Hwy 89 summit, at 7,800 feet high. North of Bear Lake lies the Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Here, visitors can experience 18,000 acres of undisturbed wilderness and see moose, muskrats, rabbits, and a wide selection of bird species. If you’d like to extend your Bear Lake trip, stay at Bear Lake State Park where groups as large as 50 can camp. The State Park makes for a fun boating, swimming, and fishing getaway.

Participate in the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail trek at The National Oregon/ California Trail Center in Montpelier. The 5-month wagon train journey of the 1850’s is simulated for visitors at this indoor interpretive adventure.

Oneida Narrows - Pioneer Historic Byway Bear Lake Valley Oregon Trail-Bear Lake Scenic Byway
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LIVE THEATER A Plethora of Performances

Immerse yourself in another world and leave your worries behind while adventuring with new characters in a truly 3-D setting. Live theater offers an escape to another time and place. With original staging and costumes, performances throughout Southeast Idaho are designed to entertain audiences of all ages. Create memories as you teleport with friends, colleagues, or loved ones to a different setting at one of the region’s more popular or lesser-known theaters.

Schools, professional visiting artists, and local talent grace the stages at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. Built on Idaho State University campus in 2004, there are four performance venues, including the Jensen Grand Concert Hall with 1,200 seats. Singers, dancers, and instrumental musicians fill the acoustically customizable space to celebrate every season with the arts,

from opera to jazz. Other smaller theater spaces at this location accommodate more experimental performances.

From Singin’ in the Rain to Ghostbusters, you can enjoy Broadway plays adapted to local theater at The Palace Theater. Don’t be fooled by the local nature, enjoy quality talent from trained artists as they sing, dance, and act. Couple the show with a scrumptious dinner beforehand, or enjoy popcorn, fudge, and drinks at intermission. There are several shows that your entire family can enjoy. Attend as a group or on your own, this venue is great for holiday occasions and entertainment all year long.

For a night out with your adult friends, check out the Westside Player Dinner Theatre. They offer beer, wine, coffee, soda, and concessions to enjoy during the show. As a volunteer-run organization founded in 1986, local talent gathers in a passion for the arts to create and perform. Enjoy shows throughout the year from Monty Python’s Spamalot to Dancing at Lughnasa.

Opened in 2008, the Old Town Actors Studio is an alternative theater in Pocatello of both classical and new theater works. They explore themes and genres that other local theaters may not provide, including burlesque, modern dance, cabaret nights, serious topics, and tense dramas that challenge both the performers and the audience. Stretch your theatrical exposure and culture on a night with local artistry. As you journey outside of Pocatello, you can find more theatrical treasures. Take a seat in the past at the Allinger Community Theatre at the National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier. This 99-seat theater is set to the theme of an 1860’s style theater, with comfortable extra leg room. Performances range from amateur, professional, and local productions. Round out the perfect evening with dinner at the Scenic Trails Chuck Wagon on the upper level of the center before your performance begins.

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Built in 2004 at Blackfoot High School, the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center was designed to host school and community events along with concert series, featured shows, and backstage

tech theater lighting and sound system for heartwarming shows like this year’s production of vintage songs and vibrant colors in America’s Sweethearts. For shows including the beloved Annie and tense Wait Until Dark, visit the Nuart Theater run by Blackfoot Community Players. Built in 1929 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, the space has transformed from a silent movie theater to a live theater stage. Whether you want to perform, work backstage, or view from the audience, you can enjoy the theater all year.

There are even more performance venues listed on our website that feature music and more. From the Idaho Symphony to outdoor concerts at the Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre or comedians, magicians and concerts at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel Event Center, look for performances happening throughout the region on our events page and on theater calendars.

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events. The theater seats 1,223 attendees and offers a professionalsized stage, acoustic sound shell, recessed orchestra pit, fly loft, and hi-

Explore Theater & Live Music at These Performing Arts Centers:

American Falls Fine Arts Center

American Falls

American Falls Little Theater

American Falls

Allinger Community Theatre at the National Oregon/California Trail Center Montpelier

Blackfoot Performing Arts

Center Blackfoot

Gem Valley Performing Arts

Center Grace

Iron Door Playhouse Malad

Marsh Valley Performing

Arts Center Arimo

Nuart Theater Blackfoot

Old Town Actors Studio Pocatello

The Palace Theater Pocatello

Portneuf Health Trust

Amphitheater Pocatello

Stephens Performing Arts

Center Pocatello

Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel

Chiefs Event Center Fort Hall

Westside Player Dinner Theatre

Pocatello

Learn more at IdahoHighCountry. org/arts

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Welcome to WELLNESS

Resources In Southeast Idaho

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we all feel stress and its cumulative negative effects. Yet, there exists a place where you can reset your body, mind and soul. A stay in southeast Idaho is just the ticket to boost your wellness journey in a positive direction. Take a deep breath and come relax in restorative waters, find connection in the solitude of nature, or indulge yourself with a personalized spa day.

As we navigate through an increasingly complicated world it becomes more important than ever to decompress and disconnect daily no matter where we are—work, home or as we travel. Although we may fantasize of a dedicated trip for a spa getaway or a weekend yoga retreat, daily wellness can be found during small authentic

moments in your travels. Going for a relaxing hot mineral water soak with a friend, taking time to book a massage and facial, or finding a CrossFit class nearby are all worthwhile steps along the road to well-being.

Wellness is an individualized journey. To that end, we have compiled a database of hyper-local wellness services so you can create your own personalized wellness path while you visit Southeast Idaho. Whether you choose to focus on the physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, or occupational dimensions—individually or in tandem— you can search our listings to find the resource that is the right fit for you.

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NATURAL MINERAL WATER HOT SPRINGS

The mineral rich natural hot spring water and the cool mountain air are a perfect match for total relaxation. After a day of immersing yourself in nature or an invigorating workout, slip into one of our steamy hot springs—Lava Hot Springs, Downata Hot Springs, Bear River Resort, and Maple Grove Hot Springs to name a

DAY SPAS, MED SPAS & MASSAGE THERAPY

Physical wellness can mean taking care of yourself inside and out. Not only can spending an afternoon of self-care taking a sauna and a massage feel good on those aches and muscles inside, they can improve circulation and give your outside a fresher appearance. Boost your confidence further by empowering

WELLNESS PRACTITIONERS

From Acupuncture to Foot Zoning, Southeast Idaho is fortunate to attract a growing population of wellness practitioners. Some of the alternative medicine practitioners have patients who travel from all over the country to be seen at their clinics. If you are looking for a specific treatment, do your research and check our directory to see what is offered here.

WELLNESS PRODUCTS

Part of the wellness culture includes resources to purchase the wellness products you need to pursue your path. Stop in at one of our unique retail shops like Applegarth Apothecary in Soda Springs or Enchantments in Pocatello. You will find other wellness product manufacturers in our Wellness Directory such as Time Laboratories in Pocatello and Butterfly Express in Clinton who each produce essential oils and much more. Calmly proceed to our wellness directory and set out on your own authentic path to wellness. And along the way we hope you feel a sense of place as we share our culture and traditions with you through food and beverage, landscape, architecture, and healthful activities. Welcome to our corner of Idaho.

few. With no sulfur odor, the mineral rich water is a natural way to unwind, reset and rejuvenate. In addition to the public hot springs, many local resorts and hotels also have pools available for guests.

YOGA & FITNESS

Being active in the beautiful outdoors of Southeast Idaho means staying in shape. This means that even in remote locales (and preferably for some) there are a multitude of gyms and studios throughout the area. Sometimes all you need is a drop-in class to get that boost or other times you may find a weekend retreat is what your soul yearns for. You will find everything in our directory from Yoga to CrossFit, Pilates to Barre, and Boxing to Judo.

yourself with a makeover or an appointment for a high tech cosmetic procedure. There are providers for every level in our wellness directory.

Southeast Idaho High Country Tourism does not endorse any businesses or the information on their websites. The wellness directory and this article are only for informational purposes and not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for obtaining medical advice from your physician. Always seek the advice of your licensed physician or other qualified health provider regarding a medical condition.

To Design Your Journey With Our Wellness Directory Visit IdahoHigh Country.org/wellness
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Foot Zoning

FROSTY ADVENTURES

Snow Much Fun!

When mother nature cools Southeast Idaho down and covers the landscape with a fresh, soft blanket of snow, winter explorers come out to play. Southeast Idaho spoils visitors with a variety of winter wonderland adventures. From ice fishing to snowmobiling and yurt camping to down-hill skiing, Southeast Idaho has the cure for your winter blues. So, whether you are a hardcore winter enthusiast or just love to take a snow day, there’s a perfect adventure waiting for you!

POWDER SLED PARADISE

Sled over 600 miles of Southeast Idaho’s groomed, uncrowded snowmobile trails. Sparkling snowcapped trees, fresh air, and wildlife are only a few of the treasures one can encounter on your route through the majestic mountains and valleys. With easy access to trail heads and rentals available in many locations, Southeast Idaho is a perfect location for your next snowmobile trip.

If serenity is what you seek, sled right from the cabin into the green pines at Cub River. Bear Lake Valley is another sublime location for snowmobiling, as it’s surrounded by mountain ranges and 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Veteran riders can cruise off the

groomed trails and into wide open spaces filled with deep powder or summit one of the nearby mountains for a spectacular view. Snowmobile season begins as early as late November and goes well into April. Out-of-Staters just need to purchase a non-resident snowmobile user certificate IdahoHigh Country.org has free interactive and downloadable trail maps for: Montpelier, Southern and Northern Bear Lake, Mink Creek, the Portneuf Range, Cottonwood, Malad, Bone & Wolverine, Soda Springs, Eastern Soda Springs, and the American Falls Sublett Area. Don’t forget your hand warmers!

SKINNY SKI CENTRAL

Step into your skis and strap on your snowshoes. Southeast Idaho provides hundreds of miles of open ski trails for winter expeditions that will bring a smile to your rosy cheeks. Check out Idaho’s Park N’ Ski program with the Mink Creek trails close to Pocatello. The area has seven plowed parking lots providing access to five trails. When you buy a Park N’ Ski pass, all money goes to maintaining snow removal for parking spots and grooming trails. Just leave the sticker in your car and hit the trails!

Crystalline snowflakes, warm hot chocolate, and cold ears are signs of winter fun and the East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center is a great location to play in the snow. Situated in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the Nordic Center is only seven miles south of Pocatello and boasts 20 kilometers of groomed classic and skate trails maintained by the City of Pocatello. You can also break out the snowshoes and hit the separate wilderness trails. Pack a lunch to eat in the 30-foot yurt, available every day for warming up. It

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has picnic tables and a wood stove for warmth. Kids of all ages are welcome to play on the recreational area’s sledding hill. Ski and snowshoe rentals, group lessons, and passes are all available on location. For cross-country skiing grab a day pass. Snowshoeing does not require a pass.

You’ll also want to check out Bailey Creek and Kelley Park. Kelley Park is located in Soda Springs and offers 7 kilometers of skiing and snowshoeing

BRING YOUR BAIT, POP UP & CATCH A COLD ONE

Grab a friend and break the ice! Southeast Idaho is home to 31 reservoirs

rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and rainbow/cutthroat hybrids. Devils Creek Reservoir is a great location for a family ice fishing trip. The reservoir is located a few miles north of Malad City with 142 acres of water, and has an excellent reputation for fishing, with rainbow

action. It’s ideal for first timers or anyone looking for some easy, winter fun. Bailey Park also has groomed trails and is located about 6 miles south of Soda Springs. The ski trails are easy at the beginning but become more difficult the further one journeys. For a small donation, enjoy the solitude of a wintry day and keep an eye out for wildlife. Dogs are allowed at Bailey Creek and Kelley Park but must be kept under control and waste must be taken care of so bring bags. The spectacular scenic routes of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails are a wonderful way to enjoy winter in Southeast Idaho. Layer up and enjoy the sparking snow and endless blue skies all day long. Ski maps are found at IdahoHighCountry.org.

and lakes which makes it easy to find your next ice fishing hole. Enjoy great fishing and glistening, snowy mountain ranges while drinking a hot cup of cocoa. Chesterfield reservoir, east of Pocatello, is 1,245 acres, plenty of space to catch your limit! Chesterfield contains rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow/ cutthroat hybrids, and brown trout. Daniels Reservoir is a smaller ice fishing site west of Oneida and offers 361 acres of ice fishing possibilities. Daniels has

trout as the primary line puller. Devils Creek is perfect for half-day fishing trips as it is located right off I-15. You won’t have to worry about getting too far off the beaten path! Make sure to wear warm layers, drink lots of fluids, and check ice conditions before heading out on the ice. Look at fishing regulations before you go and have your licenses with you.

BONNEVILLE CISCO

The Bonneville Cisco is a fish species found nowhere else on earth! Bear Lake’s famous “Cisco Beach” is the best place to go for the Cisco Disco – an annual event in late January where you can catch, cook, and eat cisco.

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YEARNING FOR A YURT

The uniqueness of yurt camping is a marvelous way to experience Idaho! Yurts are circular dwellings with a domed top. Built with wood or concrete floors, yurts are able to withstand snow, wind, and every other harsh element that can accompany Southeast Idaho winters. Check out the Portneuf Range Yurt System with four locations available for rent. Two yurts are easily accessible and great for families. The other two yurts are located high in the range which give an excellent day trip to back country skiers and boarders. The Portneuf Range Yurts are each outfitted with bunk beds, firewood, pots, a Coleman white gas cooking stove, a wood burning stove, and an axe. Another yurt not associated with the Portneuf Range Yurt System but still close to Pocatello is the yurt at East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center. This yurt is located right by the ski and snowshoe trails and the big sledding hill so it’s an ideal camping spot for large groups. It has a wood stove, picnic tables, and storage cubbies which double as beds when stacked. Also be sure to check out the yurts at Downata Hot Springs where you can sleep in a real bed and soak in the hot pools. Make your camping trip memorable by staying in one of Southeast Idaho’s yurts!

ADRENALINE PUMPING PEBBLE

Pebble Creek Ski Area is Southeast Idaho’s go-to spot for downhill skiing and is quickly becoming an uncovered gem in the ski community. Switch backs and fresh powder are calling! Located 20 minutes south of Pocatello, Pebble Creek offers 1,100 acres of skiable snow and 54 runs with an extensive bunny

hill and challenging upper slopes. Show off your bag of tricks in one of Pebble Creek’s two terrain parks featuring rails, boxes, and jumps. Advanced skiers can take a ski lift to the upper mountain and methodically carve their way down the mountain in fresh snow. Are you or a family member a first timer? No problem! Pebble Creek offers ski lessons for all ages. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or professional skier,

Pebble Creek will test your abilities. Ski and snowboard rentals, ski passes, and a warm, homey ski lodge are all available on location. Speaking of ski lodge, make sure to try Pebble Creek’s famous fries! The fries at Pebble Creek are locally farmed and cut fresh to order. Fit as many fries as you can into your basket without paying extra! Grab your skis or snowboard and a couple of friends and hit the slopes at Pebble Creek!

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HIT THE SLOPES AT THESE PEBBLE CREEK SKI AREA EVENTS

Live Music Sundays / Jan - Mar

Toyota Ski Free Friday / Jan

Demo Day / Feb

Town Challenge / Mar

Ride on Dads Scavenger Hunt / Mar

Telemark Festival / Mar

Cowboy Classic / Mar

Monster Dummy Jump / Mar

King’s Pond Skim / Mar

RMSHA Hillclimb / Apr

Wildflower & Music Festival / Jun

Inkom Village Mountainfest / Sept

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For the Scoop on Winter Adventures, to Download Trail Maps and Directions Visit IdahoHigh Country.org/winter

WATER, EVERYWHEREWATER

Thrills from Gills & Spills

Take a break outside to spark your enthusiasm and reset. The smell of fresh air and seeing wide-open wilderness is a perfect recipe for creating lasting memories with friends and family. There are non-stop activities for those adventurous spirits or relaxing day trips for anyone looking for a more easy-going pace. Whatever vacation you’re looking for, Southeast Idaho welcomes you to a back-country paradise!

DON’T MISS THE BOAT

Nothing is more serene than a day on the lake. Whether you’re an avid boater or just like to hang loose around the water, Southeast Idaho has some beautiful locations for your next boating trip. Bear Lake is one of the region’s most well-known spots for water sports and beaches. The stunning, 120 square miles of turquoise waters keeps boaters coming back every year. Skippers bring your sail boats and practice getting on your sea legs. For some more beach fun, visit Willow Bay Recreation Area located right on the American Falls Reservoir. Sandy beaches make this a hot spot for family fun water games. The American Falls Reservoir is a massive 70 square mile body of water which makes it ideal for water skiing, wakeboarding, and sailboarding. Don’t forget other boating sites like Jensen’s Grove in Blackfoot and Cedar Bay on the Blackfoot Reservoir. Check IdahoHighCountry.org for information on boat ramps and locations. Lather on the sunscreen and

take your family or friends to a boating destination in Southeast Idaho!

GO WITH THE FLOW

Cool off from the hot summer sun with an activity on the water. Take a chance and try something you’ve never done before like stand-up paddleboarding

Skis. Race around the sparkling waters and see the beautiful turquoise lake at high speeds. You can also find boat and watersport rentals at Willow Bay on American Falls Reservoir for both paddle craft and motorized craft.

While you’re here, visit the world-famous tubing river in Lava Hot Springs. Dubbed as the “best tubing river in the USA,” this river will get your heart racing! It has multiple quick, rapid-filled stretches and even drops. The river is great for a half or whole-day excursion as the river can be floated once or twice per hour. Tube rentals are available on location.

(SUP). Paddle boarding is quickly becoming a go-to lake or river activity and large bodies of water like Bear Lake are perfect places for beginners. There are several locations in Southeast Idaho for paddleboard rentals for your entire group. There’s a whole variety of water equipment for rent at Bear Lake including SUPs, kayaks and Jet

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GONE FISHING

Hardly anything is as calming and stress relieving as a great fishing trip, and Southeast Idaho’s beautiful waters and fish species will make you want to revisit again and again. There are over 30 lakes and reservoirs that are great for easy access and good times with friends. Chesterfield and Daniels Reservoirs have fantastic fishing holes with rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. Lamont Reservoir has bluegill, pumpkinseed, sunfish, largemouth bass, and more! For fishing right by your campsite, Twin Lakes Reservoir is the local’s choice. Located only 15 miles northwest of Preston, take your tent or RV and fish during the day and relax during the night. If you’re looking for bigger bodies of water to take a boat out, American Falls Reservoir, Alexander Reservoir or

Bear Lake are the recommended areas. Southeast Idaho has some exceptional rivers and streams for serious fishers. The Portneuf River has brown trout, cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout. The Blackfoot River is a 130-mile sizable, flowing river and is an appreciable setting for fly fishing as its many miles help keep the fly fishing pressure down. The Blackfoot River has both brown and rainbow trout.

With plenty of fishing all year, once you visit, you’ll be hooked and Southeast Idaho will be your fishing haven of choice!

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HOT ON THE TRAIL

But Cool in the Mountains

TAKEN FOR A RIDE

Nothing feels more exhilarating than goosing it and power sliding across a good trail. There are over 1,000 miles of scenic trails to choose from in Southeast Idaho for four-wheeling, dirt biking, and RZR rides. Begin your UTV journey in Green Canyon found above St. Charles by Bear Lake. Next, take your ride through the striking Caribou Forest at Toponce Trailhead, located in Bancroft between Grace and Pocatello. Ride through the deep mountains and steep hills for a secluded lunch or dinner in the great outdoors. If Toponce isn’t long enough of a ride, Lago Trailhead is right around the corner. For an exhilarating ride, try the Caribou Loop Trail. With 200 miles of unforgettable terrain stretching from Southeast Idaho over to Wyoming, this trail has five trailheads and terrain for all types of riders. Also

CHANGE GEARS

In this part of the country, we know how to combine fun with good exercise. No matter your reason for mountain biking, Southeast Idaho has the trails to fit your riding style. Bloomington Canyon is

located right outside of Paris, Idaho, and is a moderately difficult ride for intermediate riders. The trail is nine miles in each direction and at the top is Bloomington Lake, a glacier-fed

Creek Trail System where you can find 52 miles of single-track trails suitable for all skill levels. Beginners can warm up on Rim trail, Bench, and Bail to get a taste of the terrain. Other great mountain biking trails include Diamond Creek near Bear Lake and Two-mile Trail in Malad

THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELED

Pack a lunch, fill your water bottle, and grab your day pack! Southeast Idaho’s hiking trails are some of the best in the entire country. With fun trails and

be sure to stop at Albert Moser. This campground is located on the banks of the Cub River, about nine miles from Preston. The site’s cottonwood tree lined river and bright colored trails give riders not only a thrilling outing, but great turn offs for selfies and landscape photos. With vibrant green woods in Spring and Summer and earthy autumn colors during Fall, Southeast Idaho has all the rides you’ve been dreaming of. Reminder, non-residents must have a registration sticker for any off-road vehicle.

mountain lake surrounded by limestone cliffs. For a spectacular ride through Idaho high country, visit Trail Canyon. It features 4.1 miles of lightly trafficked trail and 380 feet of elevation gain. This beautiful trail is great for beginner to intermediate riders with photo opportunities always close by. For trails right by the city, go to Pocatello’s City

beautiful views, a good time is only a trailhead away. Make sure to include a hike on Lava’s Centennial Trail during your vacation through Southeast Idaho. Hike up to the old Molybdenum Mine or to the landmark “L” on the side of the mountain. This trail is 2.2 miles with opportunities of seeing Idaho wildlife. Don’t forget to take pictures!

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Scout Mountain Nature Trail is located in Pocatello and is a delightful trip for families. It’s a 0.7-mile looped trail so an easy pace makes picture taking and offtrail exploring stress free. Also check out Willow Bay’s Nature Trail for idyllic walks along the American Falls Reservoir or Caribou Mountain in Soda Springs with deep forest wilderness. For a hike with stunning scenery, plan your next trip in nationally acclaimed Southeast Idaho forests and mountains.

Southeast Idaho is an outdoor recreational playground all year round. With choices in water activities and trails for mountain biking, hiking, and UTV rides, there’s something for everyone’s agenda. Your outdoor cravings won’t be satisfied with only one trip!

Fishing Holes

BEAR LAKE

Bear Lake has vibrant, turquoise water and is a great place to drop a line for Rainbow, Cutthroat, Lake Trout, Yellow Perch, Mountain White Fish and Cisco. Beaches surround the lake and are great for picnicking and family outings. Rent a boat and get out on the water!

ROSE POND

This 40-acre pond is a great sportsman’s access site for fishing Rainbow Trout. It also has archery courses with a wellmaintained 10-mile trail that connects the pond to Jensen’s Grove in Blackfoot.

Hikes

CARIBOU-TARGHEE NATIONAL FOREST

Caribou-Targhee National Forest is Southeast Idaho’s backyard wilderness. The two national forests combined and now cover more than 2.8 million acres which makes it exceptional for activities like hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, bird watching, and UTV riding.

PEBBLE CREEK TRAILHEAD

Whether for Land or Sea, Information on Trails, Maps, Fishing, Licenses and Rentals Can Be Found on IdahoHighCountry.org

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EDSON FICHTER NATURE AREA

One of Pocatello’s two community ponds is located in Southwestern Pocatello along the Portneuf River. It is stocked with Rainbow Trout ranging in size from 10-inch catchables to lunkers weighing almost six pounds.

ABERDEEN SPORTSMAN’S PARK

Sportsman’s Park is an extensive campground with RV parking and tent sites. Visitors can access a one-mile nature trail, boat dock on American Falls outlet, small beach, horseshoe throwing area, and volleyball net. American Falls Reservoir is home to Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brown Trout, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, and Yellow Perch.

ONEIDA NARROWS

Oneida Narrows is a beautiful reservoir for fishing, boating and fishing for Rainbow, Cutthroat, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Yellow Perch. Float down the Bear River on float tubes or rafts.

Explore Southeast Idaho’s magnificent mountains like the Pebble Creek area. The trailhead is a great starting point for hiking, snowmobiling, UTV riding, and mountain biking. The massive pines and fresh air are a welcome retreat for outdoor enthusiasts of all types.

BLOOMINGTON CANYON

This scenic trail goes straight up Bloomington Canyon and into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. At the top of the trail, visitors will see Bloomington Lake, a glacier-fed mountain lake surrounded by limestone and cliffs. The trail is nine miles in each direction, and its season of use is usually late June to September. Bikes, horses, foot traffic, and UTVs are welcome here.

Edson Fichter Nature Area
With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to begin. Here are a few suggestions to get you pointed in the right direction—outside!
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W hile Southeast Idaho is famous for its winter sports, spring and summer time make this area the year-round playground for outdoor sport lovers. With a wide array of extreme outdoor activities, adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers can get their fix in some of the best adventure spots available. Whether it’s white water rafting, canoeing, ziplining, or rock climbing, discover the fun you won’t want to miss!

RAPIDS RODEO

Experts Only! Bring a kayak or river raft and discover Southeast Idaho’s extreme water. Right outside Grace, Black Canyon Gorge is rated Class 5 whitewater—which is appropriate for expert boaters only—during dam releases. Class 5 whitewater is extremely long, obstructed, and has very violent rapids. Eddies exist but may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. An exceptionally reliable Eskimo-roll, proper equipment, experience, and reliable rescue skills are essential. Discover the intense white water at Black Canyon Gorge and remember to check the release schedule and bring your dry-suit!

GET A MOVE ON

Don’t be afraid to approach these rockclimbing cliffs. Cliffs for a wide range of skill level are found at Pocatello’s Ross Park climbing area. Right off the main road, Ross Park’s Sunny Side and Shady Side climbing and bouldering areas provide an excellent location for

EXHILARATING ESCAPADES

Recreation For the Ultimate Venturer

early morning, afternoon, or evening climbing. Sunny Side has short, bolted trad climbs with three to five bolts for leading, and two to four top bolts to create a top-rope anchor. Routes are numbered 1-17a and are rated 5.7 through 5.12. In the afternoon sun, these basalt rock cliffs get very hot, hence Sunny Side. Move over to Shady Side once the midday sun hits. Shady Side is a popular climbing area because of its family-friendly climbing. This climbing wall has 60 marked and rated routes on the 25-30-foot wall. Routes

range from 5.6 to 5.12. And did you know Pocatello is home to the oldest rock-climbing competition in America?

Mark your calendars for the Pocatello Pump! This competition has divisions for locals and non-locals. Contestants and spectators come from all over to see and participate in fun rock climbing.

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FLY LIKE THE WIND

Sit back, relax, and take in the beauty of Lava Hot Springs from a bird’s-eye view. Lava Zipline Adventure’s course features thousands of feet of zipping fun! Experience bright, beautiful landscapes while the wind whistles past your ears. Your trip starts with a ride in their signature big green Army truck from Main St. out to the course. At the course, you and your party will be fitted with zipline harnesses, given proper course etiquette, and safety instructions. The duration of your ziplining adventure from start to finish lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Don’t forget to wear sturdy footwear and bring your camera! There is more than enough scenery to fill your vacation scrapbook.

FLOAT ON

When the sun is high and all you need is a nice water day to cool off, float the Snake River from Tilden Bridge to McTucker Ponds. This portion of the Snake River is known for its swift current and deep water. It’s a relaxing activity for kayakers and canoers or make it an unforgettable group activity with inflatable rafts and tubes. For fishing enthusiasts, bring your gear and catch some beauties while you float. Once you reach McTucker Ponds, try your luck with trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish.

RUN FOR THE HILLS

Who said a vacation meant relaxing in a spa or floating around the kiddie pool? For extreme athletes who can’t stand to sit still, prove your endurance with the Scout Mountain Ultras Trail Race. The race trails meander through miles of luscious Caribou-Targhee National Forest south of Pocatello. Runners summit three mountains: Old Tom (100 milers); Kinport (100 and 50 milers); and Scout (all 4 distances). With thousands of feet of gain and loss, running conditions vary wildly. The race takes place on some of the finest single track in Idaho on the first

weekend of June. Locals can attest to springtime in Southeast Idaho being quite unpredictable. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at the race so leave your canine friends at home. Ultra Races are extremely demanding, and participants need to be in peak physical condition to participate. However, if extreme is your middle name, don’t hesitate to sign up! For your next outdoor trip, Southeast Idaho needs to be on your itinerary. Don’t settle when it comes to open-air fun!

For More Info on Whitewater, Climbing, Ziplining & Other Escapades Visit IdahoHighCountry.org
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TRIBAL HERITAGE

Attend a Top Rated Pow - Wow

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are an important part of Southeast Idaho. Not only is the land and culture rich with Tribal influence, but even words we use every day—like the names of local towns Pocatello, Arimo, and Blackfoot—give homage to Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Their heritage, culture, history, and traditions are celebrated at local sites and cultural events.

TRIBAL HERITAGE

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are comprised of two Tribes. The Shoshone Tribe originated from the Northern Shoshone, which occupied the larger part of the Northwestern United States and into Canada. The Bannock Tribe originated from the Northern Paiute tribes that left Nevada and Utah for Southern Idaho in the 1600s. These Tribes were largely hunters and gatherers. Buffalo was an important source for food and material, later hunted by horseback. The two Tribes traveled together to pursue buffalo, and, though culturally related, they have different dialects that they continue to teach upcoming generations today.

includes tribal books, art, and authentic beadwork by Tribal members.  Get your blood pumping with live Indian Relay Racing. The high-action, competitive race includes three horses with one rider, one catcher, and two holders per team. This extreme sport originated with Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and has been passed down for generations. It has attracted riders from

other tribes along with new audiences throughout the nation. Watch this intense, live event at the Indian Festival and later in the summer.

SITES & CULTURAL EVENTS

There are many ways to appreciate the heritage of Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. At the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum, visitors can immerse themselves in Native American history, culture, and art. Photographs dating back to 1895 are also exhibited. During the summer, guests can also view and take pictures of a real live buffalo right next to the museum. The museum store

The Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival is a top rated Pow-wow and provides a week full of authentic Native American activities and food. Visitors will experience parades, pow-wows, pageants, art shows and so much more. Dine on classic tribal food from Native American vendors while enjoying live dance competitions and drum circles. Come and admire the rich culture and talent of ShoshoneBannock Tribes and participants from across the continent.

The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel offers additional attractions that can make a special event for day or night. Entertainers from throughout the country

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come to perform at live concerts. Conference rooms house larger celebrations, whether it is a business function or personal event. Restaurants provide the best food and even a taste of buffalo. Try your luck on the gaming machines and in the bingo hall.

Perhaps your ideal vacation includes worry-free, calming activities. If so, check out the luxury spa treatments and relaxing therapies to unwind and de-stress. Pick up some handmade

beaded masterpieces from the gift shop for dazzling, authentic artwork. The hotel offers several stay packages so you can get the most from your ShoshoneBannock visit.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have many great attractions at Fort Hall throughout the year, including sites and cultural events to give you an experience to remember.

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LAND OF HEALING WATERS

Hot Spring Country

Natural mineral hot springs throughout Southeast Idaho have been a peaceful respite and revered place of healing for centuries. In fact, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe called Lava Hot Springs “Poha-Ba,” which means land of healing waters. Many hot springs can be found throughout Southeast Idaho, and they all have one thing in common: the soothing relaxation and restorative healing visitors experience. Nurture your wellness at one of these developed hot pools of healing spring waters in Southeast Idaho.

THE SPRINGS

As the most famous hot spring in the region, many people travel from around the world to experience the rejuvenating waters of Lava Hot Springs World-Famous Hot Pools. 2.5 million gallons of water flow daily into five outdoor gravel and

matter the weather. To soothe ailments from stiff joints to aching muscles, many enjoy the shallow Peanut Pool open year-round with temperatures ranging from

surrounded by grassy campgrounds and pavilions with a stream running through it. This pool is fed by a local spring and maintains a comfortable and slightly cooler 92°F as they’re open summers.

rock floor hot pools directly from the famous spring. With temperatures that range from 102° to 112°F, you can choose the intensity that most appeals to you. Like other hot pools in the region, the water has no chemicals, no sulfur, and no odor. These pools are open every single day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, guaranteeing a relaxing soak at any season.

Five miles north of Preston, you can visit the therapeutic waters of Bear River Hot Springs with their outdoor 105°F natural mineral hot tub that is partially enclosed for optimal enjoyment no

85° to 95°F. For a relaxing getaway, stay overnight in a room with a hot tub, a cabin or bring your tent or camper and stay in their campground.

For an Olympic-sized hot pool that the whole family can enjoy, visit Indian Hot Springs Resort & RV Park. Located on the outskirts of American Falls on 200 acres of land, the pool is in a large oasis

Get away from it all three miles south of Downey at Downata Hot Springs. In the early 1900s, the first pool was built at “The Springs” with rock sides and a mud bottom. The hot pools have a more polished finish today, but the soothing mineral waters attract visitors now just as they did then. A large campground, tipis, yurts, cabins and Conestoga

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Wagons are available for overnight stays. Open all year with varying hours, senior swims, water slides and a large pool for kids to enjoy, you can find respite any month of the year.

For an even more remote hot springs retreat, check out Maple Grove Hot Springs located 18 miles off the highway from Preston towards Thatcher. The riverfront hot pools offer a glimpse into the wildlife of Bear River and Oneida Narrows Reservoir, including picturesque views of swan, geese, deer, turkey, and more. There are four soaking pools including three circular stone

warm up after a cool day out on the water. There are two outdoor pools at a toasty 103° F. 75,000 gallons of steamy water flow through the shallow soaking pools each day.

PRIVATE POOLS

If you want a pool that is more private— and a nearby bed to snooze between soaks—you can check out one of these hotels in Lava Hot Springs. They offer their own mineral water hot pools exclusively for hotel guests to use. At Lava Hotel & Spa, you can take time to relax in the outdoor hot springs pool in

The Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa was original built in 1914 and was soon labeled “The Honeymoon Hotel.” It has been renovated to modern standards while retaining an authentic space that keeps the hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Himalayan salt massage, spa, and dining packages can be added to the already included three indoor soaking rooms and one outdoor hot tub.

Not only is this next stay historic, it also includes private hot springs tubs for hotel guests. The Home Hotel Lava Hot Springs was built in 1918, welcoming visitors who have sought private healing over the last 100 years. Recent renovations have revamped the location that like many others is within walking distance to the World-Famous Hot Springs.

pools between 100° and 107°F, as well as a larger and cooler recreational pool between 95° to 100°F. Reservations are recommended since capacity is limited. Wooded campsites, stone shelters, yurts, and 1 tiny cabin set along the river complete the scene. This is a peaceful destination for a friends outing, couples getaway, company retreat, and more with additional yoga, tin foil dinners, and fireside music.

Visit Bear Lake Hot Springs located on famous North Beach of Bear Lake to

between spa services or activities from a family reunion or work retreat.

For a polar bear experience, try out the cold plunge pool at Lava Hot Springs Inn Hot Pools. Some find the stark temperature contrast an invigoration to their body’s rejuvenation. Even if you do not want a 44°F dip, there are four other hot pools that range in temperature up to 112°F, and a 20-foot by 80-foot therapy pool that is four feet deep.

Maybe you would like an indoor soaking space mixed with historical romanticism.

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DAYCATIONS

Time for a Roadtrip!

In the mood for an adventure? With beautiful and interesting locations to visit, Southeast Idaho has a daytrip waiting for you no matter your interests or time of year. Historic sites, nature retreats, and outdoor activities are easily explored in a day. Take the family or adventure on your own for a relaxing getaway.

MALAD & PRESTON

Malad City is a convenient stop right off I-15. Enjoy the Oneida County Museum, the Iron Door Playhouse and Malad City storefront swimming pool. Stop in at the Dude Ranch Cafe for home-style cooking where every meal comes with a soft serve ice cream. If you’re timing is right, don’t miss the annual Welsh Festival. Drive a few miles to Samaria and visit the Malad Valley Heritage Square, a collection of pioneer era cabins and other historic items dedicated to the valley’s Welsh heritage. Check their calendar for events like the Renaissance Faire and Baby Animal Spring Festival.

Discover Idaho’s oldest town, Franklin, and the Franklin Historic District. Then drive north to Preston and visit the oldest remaining Mormon Academy building. Just outside of Preston, you’ll want to stop in at Bear River Hot Springs for a

fun and features Olympic diving platforms, water and speed slides, and an

indoor aquatic center with the Portneuf Kiddie Cove. Another popular pastime is floating the Portneuf River. With its gentle rapids and tube rentals, a float makes an excellent daytrip venture. Don’t forget a soak in the town’s namesake—the worldfamous Lava Hot Springs Hot Pools. Five pools at five temperatures provide the perfect way to unwind and relax. Some hotels offer hot pools, too. If water fun isn’t what you’re into, Lava’s Zipline Adventure has thousands of feet of aerial action with an amazing ropes course and the Lava Hot Go Karts offer motor powered thrills for every level rider.

area. Don’t miss stopping at the world’s only captive geyser that goes off every hour.

MONTPELIER & BEAR LAKE VALLEY

Stroll through history in Montpelier on the site of an actual Oregon Trail encampment at The National OregonCalifornia Trail Center. Experience life in the 1850’s as you purchase supplies at the mercantile and bump along in a simulated wagon ride. At the Butch Cassidy Museum, see the last standing U.S. bank that Butch and his “Wild Bunch” held up. Drive south and stop in Paris for a tour of the Paris Tabernacle. Its craftsmanship is impressive for every walk of life. Head south to Bear Lake, known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its beautiful

winter soak or summer fun in the pool and the water slides. Continue north along highway 34 to enjoy the Pioneer Historic Byway and its historic sites. Stop to relax at Maple Grove Hot Springs or float the Bear River along the Oneida Narrows.

LAVA HOT SPRINGS & SODA SPRINGS

Start your Lava adventure with a dip at the Olympic Swimming Complex. The outdoor pool is a million gallons of water

An hour to the east brings you to Soda Springs and Oregon Trail history. A popular stop for pioneers, you can drink water from the springs, too. If you add a little sweetener, you have a natural carbonated beverage. You can still see actual wagon trail ruts throughout the

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turquoise water. Beach life is at it’s finest with sandy beaches, a boardwalk, foot and bike paths and every water sport you can imagine. There are beautiful canyons and mountains surrounding the lake with miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and motorized trail blazing. Whether sailing, water skiing, paddling, fishing or just lazing in the sun is your thing, you’ll find plenty of it at Bear Lake. Winter is just as amazing with unrivaled snowmobiling and ice fishing. Don’t forget to pick up a famous raspberry shake on your visit!

POCATELLO & AMERICAN FALLS

Challenging rock-climbing, worldclass mountain bike trails, community fishing ponds and an active Greenway are some of the outdoor offerings right in Pocatello. Learn to squeegee at the world’s only Museum of Clean, stand in awe of saber tooth cats and giant bison at the Idaho Museum of Natural History, float the lazy river at the aquatic center, or see Grizzlies and the animals of Yellowstone up-close at Zoo Idaho. If your taste is more artistic, visit art galleries and go antiquing in charming Historic Downtown. Art Walk is held

or motorboats for a day on the water swimming or fishing or just play on the beach. Nature trails are found around the reservoir and below the dam on the Snake River. It is a hot spot for birding and a Birding Festival is held each May. Further east along the Snake River is Massacre Rocks State Park, a great place to hike, camp and fish. Learn of the area’s history at the visitor’s center and at Register Rock. Another fun place to play in the water is at nearby Indian Hot Springs and RV Park. Located in a green oasis with plenty of campground spaces, pavilions and a pond full of tropical fish, It’s a perfect family getaway.

playgrounds, skate park and greenway at Jensen Grove. Bring your fishing pole and head 10 miles down the greenway to Rose Pond, a 40-acre sportsman’s access site for fishing with indoor and outdoor archery ranges.

The obvious stop in Fort Hall is the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel Casino. With a 24-hour casino and bingo hall, the gaming is top notch. The Donzia Gift Shop features the finest North American beadwork created by local artists. Try a bison burger at the Camas Sports Grill or choose from the many delicious stations at the Painted Horse Buffet. If you are looking for something besides gaming, make an appointment at the Cedar Spa for a day of restoration with an array of pampering services. Before you go, take time to visit the Shoshone Bannock Tribal Museum, just across the

the first Friday of very month. There are also a variety of art shows, live theater and concerts at Idaho State University, the Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre, Historic Downtown Pocatello and many local venues. A wide variety of delicious cuisine and nightlife is the cherry on the top for a day in Pocatello.

Just 20 miles to the west, the city of American Falls sits next to a 70 square mile reservoir. Rent kayaks, canoes

BLACKFOOT & FORT HALL

You can’t visit Idaho without stopping at the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot to learn about “Famous Idaho Potatoes.”

Interactive and educational exhibits coupled with a stop in the Potato Station Cafe for a tasty potato menu item and a selfie with the giant “spud” outside complete the day. Enjoy the water,

For More Daycation Ideas & Fun Maps

street from the Casino Hotel. Learn how the Shoshone-Bannock people lived and settled the area around eastern Idaho.
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WILDLIFE

From meek Mule Deer to great Grizzly Bears, Southeast Idaho is home to a variety of wildlife only found in this part of the country. While you’re here, see if you can spot some of these animals.

BIGHORN SHEEP

are found in the Rocky Mountains, occupying alpine meadows and foothills close to rocky cliffs. They have chocolate brown fur and mainly eat grass, clover, and woody plants during the winter months.

GRIZZLY BEARS

are massive creatures weighing up to 600 pounds. They prefer low elevation meadows, open areas, and shrub communities. Their fur is dark brown, and they have a distinctive shoulder hump. Grizzly bears mainly eat vegetables with 10% of their diet coming from meat.

PRONGHORN

These reddish, tan animals mainly live in grassland, sagebrush steppe, and desert habitat. Both males and females have horns.

in Southeast Idaho

A pronghorn’s diet consists of leaves, grass, and sagebrush. They usually stay in bands of up to 25, depending on habitat.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

ELK is the second largest elk subspecies, and Idaho has the third largest population behind Montana and Colorado. They are of large stature, with brownish yellow fur, and antlers on the bulls (males). Elk are primarily grazers and can live up to 15 years in the wild.

BLACK BEARS are found throughout the entirety of Canada and the United States, and in parts of central Mexico. They are difficult to distinguish as their fur color can be black, brown, and blonde. You can set them apart from brown bears by their longer ears and small shoulder hump.

MULE DEER is the primary subspecies found in Southeast Idaho. They can weigh up to 330 pounds and are identifiable with their brown fur and white tails. Their lifespan is 9 to 11 years in the wild, and they usually eat grass, fruits, and nuts.

MOUNTAIN LIONS are also known as cougars. These beautiful, big cats are sneaky hunters, using canyons, cliffs, and dense vegetations for coverage. In Idaho, mountain lions usually hunt deer, but they will also hunt for bighorn sheep and elk. They can run up to 50 mph and live in the wild for 13 years.

MOUNTAIN GOATS

live in eastern Idaho along the Wyoming and Montana borders in none other than the high Rocky Mountains. They mainly eat grass but because food can be scarce, they will eat many different plants. They have thick, white winter coats for camouflage.

MOOSE are the largest of all deer species standing up to 6.9 feet tall. Males can weigh 1,500 pounds and females up to 790 pounds! They are easily seen with their large frames and broad antlers. Moose have dark brown fur and live mostly in wooded areas.

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A BIRDER’S PARADISE

Tweety tips & tours

Birding is a marvelous activity because it pulls you away from those screens and gets you into the great outdoors.

Southeast Idaho’s rich green valleys and wetlands nestled in mountain vistas make its wilderness areas quintessential locations for birdwatching.

Visit Southeast Idaho’s birding areas and discover why A Birder’s Guide to Idaho said “The Southeast region has almost everything…packed into one small area.”

Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and Curlew National Grasslands headline the forty-eight birding sites in Southeast Idaho. Passionate bird watchers will also enjoy the Bear River areas around Preston and Downey, the bird sanctuary at Sterling, and the Snake River area between American Falls and west to Massacre Rocks State Park.

AMERICAN FALLS RESERVOIR

The reservoir is an IBA site (Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas) and is significant because being IBA certified means long-term conservation for birds and other species in the area. Over 200 species have been recorded. The reservoir is home to thousands of ducks, geese, and shorebirds. The American Falls Family Bird Festival is a great way for people of all ages to learn more about birding. The festival is held in May and coincides with International Migratory Bird Day so top species are sure to be active. Birding classes and activities are provided for free!

BEAR LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Bear Lake Refuge was established in 1968 to protect and

manage habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Surrounded by mountains, it lies in Bear Lake Valley seven miles from south of Montpelier.

GRAYS LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Soda Springs is a part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s effort to protect and restore habitat for nesting waterfowl. It has also become home to the world’s largest concentration of greater Sand Hill Cranes. As many as 200 pair will nest in the refuge starting in early April.

BIG CANYON TO KNOX CANYON

In Rockland, the Big Canyon to Knox Canyon Route is one of the area’s best spots for a birding daytrip. Beautiful flowers and open skies accompany you throughout this birdwatching hike. The area is best used during the spring and summer months. Birders can expect various species like Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, and Waterfowl.

CURLEW NATIONAL GRASSLANDS

For breath-taking views look no further than Curlew National Grassland located in Oneida and Power counties with an area of 47,790 acres. The area is dotted with homesteads built by early settlers. The grasslands are popular for birding and visitors can see Sage Thrasher, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Mountain Bluebird, and Ferruginous Hawk. Sweeten Pond is an area developed for waterfowl and shorebirds.

BLACKFOOT RESERVOIR

Blackfoot Reservoir is known for its exceptional birding opportunities. From Hopkin’s Landing, you can see Gull Island which supports one the largest nesting colonies in Idaho for the American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, and California Gull.

LOWER BLACKFOOT RIVER SCENIC DRIVE

The Lower Blackfoot River Canyon is an excellent backcountry scenic drive. Steep canyon cliffs, aspen, and cottonwood trees help to support nesting golden eagles, prairie falcons, and many others.

Southeast Idaho’s less-traveled roads are great for birding. There are many good places to pull over and watch for birds as you drive between trail hot spots. When birding, be as inconspicuous as possible. Disturbing a bird and causing them to flee from cover may expose it to predators. Practice good birding ethics such as using binoculars, staying back, and avoid damaging the area. Most importantly, have fun!

Plan a birding tour!

Download “A Birder’s Guide to Southeast Idaho” on IdahoHighCountry.org/ cat/birdwatching for a map with locations, directions, species and access information. Routes can also be found on IdahoBirdingTrail.com.

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ROCKHOUND’S DELIGHT A Geologic Wonderland

Explore earth that’s been transformed over thousands of years. Geological enthusiasts come from all over to witness the amazing variety of Southeast Idaho’s geology. With mountain ranges and lava fields, Southeast Idaho offers a “rocky” daytrip for any geology lover and explorer.

CHINA HAT

China Hat is located near Soda Springs and is an exploratory wonderland for anyone who loves learning and seeing something unique. China Hat is a rhyolite dome formed around older volcano lava flows. There are many faults located in the area as well as “grabens”—German for “grave.” Grabens are depressions on the earth’s surface formed when blocks of crust drop down.

RED ROCK PASS

Next on your geological field trip, head over to Red Rock Pass where you’ll see remnants of where Pleistocene Lake Bonneville drained through the broken natural dam. The pass cuts through Paleozoic shale, limestone, and dolomite which created a narrow gap two miles in length.

SODA SPRINGS GEYSER

See the world’s only captive geyser! The geyser is man-made and top-of-thehour timed, and it might be the only one in the world! It has a depth of 317 feet and is located on Pyramid Spring, a travertine mound.

HOOPER SPRINGS

This clear, sparkling soda water spring has been a prime attraction for over 160 years. Located only two miles north

from Soda Spring’s city center, the spring’s carbonated water is still used to make home-made sodas today!

FORMATION SPRINGS

NATURE PRESERVE

Located less than five miles outside of Soda Springs, Formation Springs is a 195-acre nature preserve with remarkable geological formations featuring terraced mineral pools. It is a refuge for deer, elk, and waterfowl. Nature trails get visitors close to both geological formations and wildlife.

MINNETONKA CAVE

Take a half-mile tour through astounding stalactites and stalagmites. Minnetonka Cave is Idaho’s largest limestone cave with tours available for groups of up to 30 people! The deep cave can get cold so bring a sweater and shoes with good tread.

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ICE CAVES

For a truly special Idaho experience, visit Niter Ice Cave in Grace. Transport yourself to an underground world and journey through this prehistoric landmark. Formed 500,000 years ago, this lava tube lies on the Snake River plains and has been used as food storage and refuge for early settlers. The cave has a walking path and handrails at the entrance to assist your descent into the cave. The cave is large and doesn’t have branching passages so it’s safe and

easy to navigate. Make sure to bring a good and reliable light source because there’s no light at the back of the cave. In Paris Ice Cave, the ice never completely melts even in the hottest of summers. Water runs down into the cave from the surrounding hills from a small brook creating the ice in this cave. It is accessible when the water dries out around the middle of July. Take Paris Canyon Road up the canyon from Paris, Idaho to the parking lot.

HOT SPRINGS

As the earth’s crust shifted over the hot spot now known as Yellowstone National Park, it flattened Idaho’s Snake River Plain. The mountains of southeast Idaho are dotted with hot springs that bubble up from trails of that massive hot spot. The hot springs here are just far enough away from that extreme heat to be at temperatures suitable for a relaxing soak.

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IT’S RODEO TIME

Saddle Up!

When you’re in Southeast Idaho, you’re in rodeo country. Dust off those cowboy boots and break out the old cowboy hat! The area is home to an assortment of rodeo competitions all throughout the dog days of summer. Start with the All-Indian Rodeo and Indian Pony Races beginning the second week of August in Fort Hall. Next visit Preston for That Famous Preston Night Rodeo the first weekend of August. You’ll see high-flying bull riding, mutton bustin’, and barrel racing. If you have only one weekend to get away, make sure to visit Blackfoot during the Eastern Idaho State Fair. The fair is one of the biggest events of the year and features competitions, delicious food vendors, amusement rides, and top-notch rodeo events. Bring your family and don’t miss out on your chance to see an authentic Southeast Idaho rodeo.

WRANGLE UP YER BUCKAROOS TO SEE SOME GREAT RODEO!

Marsh Valley Pioneer Days Rodeo

McCammon / 2nd weekend in July

Caribou County Fair PRCA Rodeo

Caribou County Fairgrounds in Grace / July

Curlew Valley Rodeo-Stone Rodeo Stone Rodeo Grounds / July

Bancroft Pioneer Days Rodeo Bancroft Rodeo Grounds / July

That Famous Preston Night Rodeo Franklin County Fairgrounds in Preston, Thursday through Saturday / 1st weekend in August

For Rodeo Links and More Information Visit IdahoHighCountry.org/ rodeo_tour

Fort Hall All-Indian Rodeo and Indian Pony Relay Races

Fort Hall / 2nd weekend August

Bannock County Fair Rodeo

Bannock County Fairgrounds in Downey / 2nd week in August

Oneida County Fair Rodeo

Oneida County Fairgrounds in Malad City / August

Lava Lions Bulls Only Rodeo

Lava Lions Park / August

Gem State Classic Pro Rodeo

Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds in Blackfoot / September

Idaho State University Bengal Roundup Rodeo

Bannock County Events Center in Pocatello / September

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS AREN’T

Indoor Lodging

Rustic camping isn’t the only way to catch some shut eye on your trip to Southeast Idaho. If you hate lathering on the bug spray and squeezing into a sleeping bag in a tent, trailer or wagon, there are plenty of traditional hotel lodgings available to choose from as well as some unique destinations.

For a unique themed suite experience, The Black Swan Inn is the romantics’ choice for a special couple’s night in Pocatello. Each of the 14 different styled suites complete with wall-to-wall decorations and beautiful museumlike murals have a large jetted tub and fireplace. Choose from themes such as the Jungle Falls with a 15-foot waterfall, Atlantis Under the Sea with a steam sauna, or the Egyptian with 12-foot hand carved statues.

Greystone Manor is a themed suite bed and breakfast inn located in Lava Hot Springs. They have five themed suites, a wedding chapel, reception area and conference facilities. Try their Dine & Unwind package where guests enjoy a delicious four-course dinner for two and one-hour tandem couples massage.

Lions Gate Manor, another themed suite bed and breakfast found in Lava Hot Springs, entertains guests with eight themed suites for couples or small families. They are tucked in the mountains just outside of town and have a mineral spa with beautiful views.

If you enjoy the bed & breakfast experience, the area has an abundance of quaint B&Bs where the rooms are as charming as the friendly owners. Vacation homes and Airbnbs are scattered across Southeast Idaho and can be found right in town, on a farm in the countryside, or looking over the water. You can even find surprising conversions of buildings you wouldn’t expect to stay in like storefronts, schoolhouses and churches. Check out the School House Inn in Lava Hot Springs, The Heart of Preston Vacation

& Event Center, or the 8,000 sq. ft. 1920’s Church in Pocatello. Some campgrounds offer comfy cabins, too.

For a taste of culture and luxury, The Harkness Hotel, Enders Hotel and the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel will take you to another level of escape.

The Harkness Hotel offers modern luxury infused with historic elegance. It is a family designed and run luxury boutique hotel located in McCammon,

to its original grandeur and offers a unique experience for guests. The hotel features a ballroom event venue, cafe and concessions and luxurious accommodations that capture the charm of a bygone era.

The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel is a popular entertainment destination located in Fort Hall, Idaho. The hotel features over 150 designer rooms, multiple dining options, a 24-hour casino,

Idaho. Originally built in 1906 as the McCammon State Bank, it is listed on the National Historic Registry. The hotel has been lovingly restored and renovated, while still preserving its original features and historic significance. In 2018, it was awarded the Boutique Hotel Award of “The America’s Most Inspired Design Hotel.” It features 10 rooms and a fullyequipped spa & salon.

Ender’s Hotel is a historic landmark located in Soda Springs, Idaho. Built in 1905, the hotel has been restored

and event spaces. The casino also hosts concerts and events, and showcases the rich cultural heritage of the region

Between the familiar brands you trust such as Hampton, Marriott, Holiday Inn and Best Western (and more) as well as a variety of independent properties to suit every style and budget, you’ll find your comfort zone in Southeast Idaho.

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HISTORIC TIDBITS A Little Local Color

PARIS TABERNACLE

The Paris Tabernacle is a Romanesque red sandstone meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints completed in 1889. This historic Paris landmark served as a house of worship and community center. It’s open for public tours.

REGISTER ROCK

Register Rock, located two miles from Massacre Rocks State Park, is a huge boulder that holds the signatures of Oregon Trail emigrants passing by. Today, Register Rock is a beautiful picnic area complete with shade trees, lawn, restrooms, fire pits, and barbecue grills.

the famous coach housed in Corrigan City Park in Soda Springs.

DINKEY ENGINE

This miniature locomotive played an integral part in the history of Caribou County by hauling supplies to build the Alexander Reservoir dam in 1924. Upon the dam’s completion, the locomotive was abandoned. In 1976, the locomotive was uncovered when the reservoir was drained for repairs. The Union Pacific Railroad restored it and presented it to the city of Soda Springs.

ONEIDA STAKE ACADEMY

The Oneida Stake Academy is a threestory, hand-hewn stone building in Preston built from 1890 to 1894. The building was constructed by pioneers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who wanted to provide an education center for their children. It now serves as a community center and museum of local history.

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSITE

Located on the Oregon Trail, Chesterfield has been a ghost town since the 1930’s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town’s history encompasses many facets of the old west including famous military explorations, fur trading, the Oregon Trail, and the Mormon expansion. The site has 23 historic buildings, built between 1884 and 1904. Visitors come from all over the world to experience this significant landmark. On Memorial Day, join a celebration that includes food, an auction, a bazaar, and more! In summer, free daily tours are available from guides working on site.

TALLY-HO STAGECOACH

In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt and the great naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs rode in the Tally-Ho Stagecoach on a well publicized tour of Yellowstone National Park. You can see

FORT HALL REPLICA

A trip back to the past is here in Southeast Idaho at the Fort Hall Replica and Commemorative Trading Post, a model of the original structure built in the 19th century. The fort served as a post for fur traders, pioneers, Native Americans, and gold miners. The replica was built with the original floor plans using traditional methods and tools.

MALAD VALLEY HERITAGE SQUARE

Celebrate Welsh Culture and History in Samaria, Idaho with a wonderful collection of Pioneer era cabins, an old fashioned ice cream store, covered wagons and farm machinery. It includes the homestead cabin where Olive Osmond was born—the mother of Donny and Marie and the Osmond Brothers.

History Buffs

More Historic Sites:

- Blue Goose Country Store Malad

- Chester’s Country Store Henry

- Eastman Drug Soda Springs

- Evan’s Coop/ZCMI Malad

- Georgetown RS Hall Georgetown

- Franklin History District Franklin

- Historic Downtown Pocatello

- Pioneer Cabin Downey

Dinkey Engine in Soda Springs Fort Hall Replica in Pocatello Malad Valley Heritage Square In Samaria
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BACK TO NATURE Find Your Roots!

Southeast Idaho is an obvious location for nature lovers. With millions of acres of exquisite landscape and gorgeous lakes and reservoirs, it’s a world-class nature haven. Spring and Summer are vibrant with warm weather,

and sagebrush steppe in the magnificent Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The area acts as a winter refuge for elk and deer, while other fascinating wildlife can be seen in the summer. There’s 6.5 miles of road through this scenic range which makes it perfect for a good forest bath. Or check

out the Portneuf Greenway in Pocatello with miles of paved walking and biking trails. Relax along the Portneuf River and keep an eye out for wildlife. Other recommended locations include the Scout Mountain area and Highline Trail.

BLISSFUL BEACHES

Surprise! Southeast Idaho has miles of sandy beaches for a fun, family-friendly outing. There are dozens of possible activities from building sandcastles to having a nice picnic lunch. Known for its alluring, blue-green waters and water sports, Bear Lake is nicknamed the “Caribbean of the Rockies.” Rent a campsite or local cabin and have beach access just a few feet away! Take a group of friends or family to North Beach or East Beach for some sunny, sandy fun. Or spend a day at any one of our other beautiful beaches. Willow Bay and Jensen Grove have lively beaches with lots of sun and space for a beach day. Bear Lake, Willow Bay, and Jensen Grove also have nature trails and picnic areas for a lunch and beautiful views.

scenic backdrop for their own unique adventures. There’s plenty of open, outdoor spots and fun to be had!

FOREST BATHING

You learn something new every day! Forest bathing is defined as getting out in nature and using the five senses to absorb the forest atmosphere. Of course, you don’t need to only go to a forest. You can visit anywhere you feel connected to nature. Recommended activities could include a slow-paced hike, meditating in a park, or strolling along a nature path. Studies show that spending time around nature can have a positive impact on a person’s wellbeing, and Southeast Idaho has plenty of peaceful nature. Visit Georgetown Summit and see 4,353 acres of Aspens

CHERRY SPRINGS NATURE AREA

Take a scenic stroll in Cherry Springs

Nature Area, near Pocatello. This is a developed site which includes paved trails and an amphitheater. Over 100 bird species have been documented here. Commonly seen wildlife includes chipmunks, red squirrels, whitetailed jackrabbits, raccoons, and the occasional moose.

Nothing is quite as beautiful and enjoyable as a day out in nature. With so many locations not far from each other, you’re sure to experience something new on your stay through Southeast Idaho.

Bear Lake Beach City Creek Trail System Cherry Springs Nature Area
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AREA EVENTS Places to be & Things to See

Skijoring the Bear / Bear Lake

MARCH

Gate City Brewfest / Pocatello

Pebble Creek Monster Dummy Jump

Pebble Creek King’s Pond Skim

Area Events

Here’s a list of some of our most popular annual events. For a complete event list that is updated regularly visit IdahoHighCountry.org/events

MONTHLY

First Friday Artwalk / Historic Downtown Pocatello / First Friday Every Month

Revive@5 Summer Concert Series

Every Wednesday in Summer / Pocatello

JANUARY

Soda Springs Fishing Derby

Big Dog Ice Fishing Derby / Devil Creek Reservoir

MAY

Vintage Market Days of Eastern Idaho Blackfoot

Malad Valley Renaissance Faire / Malad Valley Heritage Square

Zoo Idaho Mother’s Day at the Zoo Pocatello

Pebble Creek Music and

Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

FEBRUARY

Lava Hot Springs Fire & Ice Winterfest

Mother’s Day Boutique Craft Show Downey

American Falls Family Birding Festival

Lava Hot Springs Olympic Swimming Complex Opens for the Summer

JUNE

Lava Hot Springs Spring Into Wellness Festival

Zoo Idaho Father’s Day at the Zoo

Pocatello

Historic Pocatello Downtown Days

Oldies Rod & Custom Car Show

Malad Valley Welsh Festival

Malad Annual Classic Car & Bike Show

AKC Annual Dog Show / Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds / Blackfoot

Bear Lake Marathon Trifecta

Celebrate Blackfoot

JULY

July 3 Treaty Day Fireworks Show

Fort Hall

Lava Fire & Ice Polar Float Bear Lake Polar Bear Plunge Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre in Pocatello Malad Welsh Festival Pebble Creek Music and Wildflower Festival Photo Kiana Spillman Photo Visit Pocatello
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Lava Hot Springs Independence Day

Fireworks

Soda Springs Independence Day

Celebration

Bannock County Independence Day Celebration / Pocatello

Malad Independence Day

Bear Lake County Salmon BBQ

Lava Hot Springs Founder’s Day Parade

Samaria Days Celebration

Historic Pocatello Downtown Days Main Street Flea Market & Antique Show

Monster Truck Grand Nationals

Pocatello

Zoo Idaho Roar & Pour Wine Walk

Pocatello

AUGUST

Trash Car Racing Demolition Derby

Oneida County Fairgrounds in Malad

Shelley Idaho Spud Day

Zoo Idaho Grandparent’s Day at the Zoo Pocatello

OCTOBER

Fort Hall

Bear Lake Raspberry Days

Zoo Idaho Ice Cream Zoofari / Pocatello

Historic Pocatello Downtown Days Neon Street Dance

Bannock County Bluegrass Festival

Pocatello

Parimutuel Horse Racing / Oneida County Fair Grounds in Malad

Oneida County Fair / Malad

SEPTEMBER

Pocatello Marathon

Chrome in the Dome / Pocatello

Gate City Brewfest 2 / Pocatello

Bear Lake Triathlon

Bear 100 Endurance Run / Bear Lake

CW HOG Pig Out Fundraise r / Pocatello

Pocatello Pump

Lava Hot Springs Folk Festival

Lava Hot Springs Oktoberfest

Zoo Idaho OktoBEARfest / Pocatello

Pocatello Great Pumpkin Festival

Pocatello Haunted History Walking Tours

NOVEMBER

Lava Hot Springs Hot Pools Veteran’s

Appreciation Day / Free Admission for Veterans / Nov 11

Malad Home Town Christmas Craft Fair

Malad Spirit of Christmas Lights Parade

Pocatello Christmas Festival & Lights

Parade

Preston Festival of Lights

Lava Hot Springs Gingerbread House Walk / Nov-Dec

Downata Hot Springs Turkey Day

Bear Lake Holiday Craft Fairs / Nov-Dec

Light up Downey / Weekend after Thanksgiving

DECEMBER

Lava Hot Springs Hot Pools Customer

Appreciation Day / Free Admission / 2nd Wed of Dec

Lava Hot Springs Gingerbread House Walk / Nov-Dec

American Falls Christmas Festival

Bear Lake Holiday Craft Fairs / Nov-Dec

Downata Hot Springs Polar Express

Downata New Year’s Eve Party with Fireworks

Events may be canceled, rescheduled or postponed. Please check with the event for the latest updates before planning your trip.

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Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot

LOCAL GEMS YouWantDefinitely in on These!

Black Swan Inn

Fifteen Themed Suites to Choose From!

From Egypt to the Rocky Mountains to Atlantis Under the Sea, our luxuriously themed rooms come with an unforgettable experience and modern amenities. Enjoy the intricate details of each suite as you soak in a large jetted tub while streaming your favorite movie on a large Roku TV. Your stay will be the highlight of your trip!

746 East Center Street, Pocatello, ID 83201

208-233-3051 | BlackSwanInn.com

The butterfly haven

Idaho’s Largest Butterfly House!

Whether it’s a day with the kids or a special date outing, come enjoy the magic of The Butterfly Haven. Explore the beautiful, indoor garden filled with nectar plants for more than 1500 USA butterflies in flight and marvel at caterpillars, chrysalis and more! Open May - September 1462 W 200 S, Pingree, ID 83262

208-684-3702 | TheButterflyHaven.com

Don aslett's Museum of Clean

Discover the Value of Clean

Experience a 74,000+ square foot complex dedicated to inspiring cleanliness through all aspects of life. See the world’s first ever vacuum cleaner, the Garden of Clean, and much more! Don’t forget to take a picture with the 20-foot-tall janitor, Big Don!

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

711 S 2nd Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201

208-236-6906 | MuseumofClean.com

Mobile cycle repair

Making Cycling Affordable & Accessible for All

No need to haul your bike in or wait weeks to get it back, we come directly to you for all your tuning and repair needs. Whether you ride road or mountain bikes, commuter, recumbents, tricycles, Ebikes, or even unicycles, we have the tools and skills to get you back on the trails.

Covering all Southern and Central Idaho.

208-899-0422 | @LowerGearCycles

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American Falls, Idaho Area Trails

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The condition of the trails and roads contained on these maps are subject to change without warning or notice. The authors and publisher of this map play no part in the maintenance and/or supervision of the trails and roads. They assume no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage to person or property arising from the use of the trails and roads contained on this map. In addition, the authors and publisher caution users of this map that there may be private property or restricted areas which have not been delineated and all users of this map acknowledge that they will be fully responsible for any breach of laws concerning these lands.

Blackfoot, Idaho Area Trails

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Pocatello, Idaho Area Trails

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The condition of the trails and roads contained on these maps are subject to change without warning or notice. The authors and publisher of this map play no part in the maintenance and/or supervision of the trails and roads. They assume no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage to person or property arising from the use of the trails and roads contained on this map. In addition, the authors and publisher caution users of this map that there may be private property or restricted areas which have not been delineated and all users of this map acknowledge that they will be fully responsible for any breach of laws concerning these lands.

Downey and Malad, Idaho Area Trails

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Lava Hot Springs, Idaho Area Trails

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The condition of the trails and roads contained on these maps are subject to change without warning or notice. The authors and publisher of this map play no part in the maintenance and/or supervision of the trails and roads. They assume no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage to person or property arising from the use of the trails and roads contained on this map. In addition, the authors and publisher caution users of this map that there may be private property or restricted areas which have not been delineated and all users of this map acknowledge that they will be fully responsible for any breach of laws concerning these lands.

Soda Springs, Idaho Area Trails

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Bear Lake, Idaho Area Trails

The condition of the trails and roads contained on these maps are subject to change without warning or notice. The authors and publisher of this map play no part in the maintenance and/or supervision of the trails and roads. They assume no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage to person or property arising from the use of the trails and roads contained on this map. In addition, the authors and publisher caution users of this map that there may be private property or restricted areas which have not been delineated and all users of this map acknowledge that they will be fully responsible for any breach of laws concerning these lands.

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