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From hot pools to spooks, Southeast Idaho offers it all By DEBBIE BRYCE For the Journal


outheast Idaho is the perfect place to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Hiking and biking trails in the foothills surrounding Pocatello are ablaze with color, and the area offers a number of events for the entire family.

OKTOBERFEST For visitors who prefer a brew to a boo, to Oktoberfest is scheduled in Lava Hot Springs on Oct. 7 and 8. Currently in its seventh year, the family-friendly event starts Oct. 8 with the Oktoberfest Beer Tasting & Kickoff Party the Riverside Hot Springs Inn and Portneuf Grille & Lounge at 255 East Portneuf

Street from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $15, and you must be 21 to taste the beer. Oktoberfest in Lava includes a beer garden, seasonal food such as brats and dogs, baked pretzels, European cupcakes, harvest beers as well as nonalcoholic beverages. Featured events are Oktoberfest-Dressed Contest, the Punkin Chunkin’ Event,

the Crazy Hampster Race, the Duck Race Raffle, Costumed 3k, 5k & 10k Fun Run/Walk/Bike, Live Music, games and activities and Bingo. For a complete list of events, go to oktoberfest. Proceeds from the event go toward building a hiking and biking trail system in the Lava area.



Mesa Falls near Ashton


At 5,900 feet elevation, the Bear Lake State Park offers a wide variety of summer and winter recreation opportunities. Bear Lake itself is 20 miles long and 8 miles wide with half of the lake in Idaho and half in Utah. The lake is a water sports Mecca, attracting boaters, water skiers and beach lovers from all over the country. Location: Southeastern Idaho, 20 miles south of Montpelier. Mailing Address: Box 297, Paris, ID 83261 Street Address: 3rd North 10th East, St. Charles, ID 83272 Phone: 208-945-2565


and monoliths similar to its larger neighbor, City of Rocks, to the north. The 1,440-acre Ranch Unit encompasses a portion of the rocks, as well as remnants of its ranching history, Indian pictographs, and superb recreational opportunities. Location: Almo, ID, South Central Idaho, south of Burley Mailing Address: 3035 S. ElbaAlmo Rd., Almo ID, 83312 Phone: 208-824-5901 Fax: 208-246-2447


Rich in history, pioneers used this area, specifically what is now referred to as “Register Rock” as a rest stop for years. Today we invite horse owners to water and rest their animals in the corral at Register Rock. Many emigrant names are inscribed on the large rock, which is now protected by a weather shelter. A scenic picnic area surrounds the rock. The site includes a horse rest area for highway travelers. There is a world-class disc golf course, a scenic picnic area and miles of hiking trails. Location: American Falls, ID, southeastern Idaho, 10 miles west of American Falls. Mailing Address: 3592 N. Park Ln., American Falls, ID 83211 Street Address: 3592 N. Park Ln., American Falls, ID 83211 Phone: 208-548-2672 Fax: 208-548-2671

On his way to California in 1849, emigrant James F. Wilkens described the dramatic geological area he encountered as “City of Rocks.” The name remains, as well as hundreds of pioneer inscriptions, wagon ruts, and journal accounts, testifying to the nearly quarter-million people who traveled through here between 1843 and 1869. Location: Almo, ID, South Central Idaho, south of Burley Mailing Address: Box 169, Almo, ID 83312 Street Address: 3035 Elba-Almo Rd., Almo, ID 83312 Phone: 208-824-5901 LAKE WALCOTT STATE Fax: 208-246-2447



Lake Walcott State Park is located at the northwest end of the Castle Rocks is a dramatic Bureau of Reclamation’s Lake Walgeological area of granite spires cott Project. Water skiing, power

boating, windsurfing, sailing and bird watching are only a few of the activities that will make your stay at Lake Walcott enjoyable. Camping areas with RV hookups are available. There is also a disc golf course and ice fishing in the winter. Location: Rupert, south-central Idaho, 11 miles NE of Rupert Mailing Address: 959 E. Minidoka Dam, Rupert, ID 83350 Street Address: 959 E. Minidoka Dam, Rupert, ID 83350 Phone: 208-436-1258 Fax: 208-436-1268


lowstone National Park, this high mountain lake is the kind of place fishermen dream about. The state park opens the Thursday before Memorial Day and closes October 31, weather permitting. The park offers campfire programs and a Junior Ranger program. Anglers fish for cutthroat, brook and rainbowcutthroat hybrid.


There is also fly fishing at Henry’s Fork at Snake River, located downstream from the Lower Falls. The falls stay open year round, but the Forest Service road is closed in the winter and groomed for snowmobiling and Nordic skiing.


MESA FALLS — MESA Arco, ID 83213 Phone: Visitor Information FALLS SCENIC BYWAY/HENRY’S FORK, and NPS headquarters — 208527-1335 SNAKE RIVER

Box 858 46 Highway 20 Ashton ID, 83420 Phone: 208-652-7742 Location: Heading northeast from Idaho Falls, the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway begins in Ashton at the junction of U.S. Highway 20 and Idaho 47. On the way to the falls, travelers can stop for a photo-op and some serious scenery at the Teton Overlook, a perfect view of the Teton Mountain Range, some 40 miles away. Activities: This scenic byway only takes about an hour to drive, but most travelers like to spend half a day at the spectacular Mesa Falls. At 110 feet and 85 feet, both the Upper and Lower Falls can be seen from the Grandview Overlook, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. Next to the overlook, Grandview Campground has nine campsites if families want to spend the night. Visitors can also explore HENRYS LAKE STATE the historic Big Falls Inn and Stage Coach stop, which is currently the PARK Located just 15 miles west of Yel- interpretive center. Harriman State Park lies within an 11,000-acre wildlife refuge in the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Known as one of the best fly-fishing streams in the nation, the Henrys Fork meanders for eight miles through Harriman. Over 20 miles of trails are available for hiking, biking and horseback riding. During the winter, guests can enjoy Nordic skiing and the Jones House warming hut, which is open on the weekends and offers views of Henrys Fork and wildlife. Location: Island Park, ID, Eastern Idaho, 18 miles N. of Ashton on Highway 20. Mailing Address: 3489 Green Canyon Road, Island Park, ID 83429 Street Address: 18 miles north of Ashton on Highway 20, Island Park, ID 83429 Phone: 208-558-7368 Fax: 208-558-7045

General line: 208-527-1300 Bureau of Land Management Field Office: 208-732-7200 Fax: 208-527-3073 Location: 18 miles southwest of Arco, Idaho, on Highway 20/26/93, 24 miles northeast of Carey, Idaho on Highway 20/26/93, 84 miles from Idaho Falls, and 90 miles from Twin Falls. Operating hours and seasons: The Monument and Preserve remains open all year, although winter snows prevent automobile access around the Loop Road from mid-November through midApril. When the road is open, it remains open at all hours. The visitor center is open all year from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Sept. 12). Activities: With three major lava fields formed over millions of years, this National Monument and Preserve features one of the best preserved flood basalt areas in the United States. There are many areas to explore for hikers. There are five caves to explore as well, but a free

permit is needed to explore them. Camping is allowed as well.


Box 2 Bancroft ID, 83217 Phone: 208-648-7177 Location: 11 miles north of Bancroft on Chesterfield Road. Operating hours: 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Activities: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Chesterfield is a Mormon pioneer town founded in 1880 along the Old Oregon Trail in southeast Idaho, nestled in the foothills of the Portneuf Valley. A visit to Chesterfield is a trip back in time and a chance to experience the agricultural life of a community whose deep faith helped them endure the hardships on the frontier. Now unoccupied, 27 structures overlooking the Portneuf Valley near Bancroft are undergoing restoration by descendants of the early settlers and volunteers. The meeting house is a museum and tours are available.


9 W. 2nd Street Soda Springs ID, 83276 Phone: 208-547-4964 Fax: 208-547-2601 Location: Southeastern Idaho, Soda Springs Activities: The only man-made geyser in the world is in Soda Springs. It was discovered when a local man drilling for heated water in 1937. This sparkling water geyser, shoots more than 70 feet into the air on the hour, every hour daily.


Bear Lake Water Adventures patrons take to Bear Lake after renting paddle boards and kayaks.

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Sights and sounds in East Idaho

Lava Hot Springs

Stay warm at the hot springs Riverdale Resort

Riverdale Resort, located about 5 miles north of Preston by the Bear River at the intersection of state highways 34 and 36, includes an outdoor swimming pool and natural hot pools with jets. It also has a hydrotube pool and a children’s pool, a gaming room and a snack bar. Camping, pavilions, RV sites and a motel are also available. The facility is open year-round. Call 8520266 for more information.

Maple Grove Hot Springs

Maple Grove Hot Springs, near Thatcher, is located near the scenic Oneida Narrows of the Bear River. It includes three hot pools of varying temperatures within a canyon. There are four campsites. Call 851-1137 for more information.

Downata Hot Springs

Downata Hot Springs, located 3.5 miles southeast of Downey on U.S. 91, has a geothermally heated swimming pool and hot tub open year-round. There’s a cafe and gaming room, a water playground and hydrotube rides. There’s also a bed and breakfast, cabins, yurts, an RV park and camping. Call 897-5736 for more information.

Lava Hot Springs

Lava Hot Springs offers multiple hot pools with differing temperatures. The town also includes an Olympic-sized swimming complex. It’s located 11 miles east of exit 47 on U.S. Highway 30. For more information, call 776-5221.

Shop, Dine

Zoo Idaho coyote Ky takes a look around her exhibit.


L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center 1002 Sam Nixon Ave., Building 88, in Pocatello 208-282-3595 Westside Players Dinner Theatre The Warehouse at 1009 South Second Ave., Pocatello 208-232-2232 Old Town Actors Studio 427 N. Main St., Main Street Plaza in Pocatello 208)-478-6886 Marsh Valley Performing Arts Center 12655 S. Old Hwy 91 in Arimo 208-254-3306 Blackfoot Performing Arts Center The Fort Hall replica in Pocatello.

870 S. Fisher in Blackfoot 208-317-5508

Museum of Idaho 200 North Eastern Ave. in Idaho Falls


Idaho Museum of Natural History South Fifth Avenue and East Dillon Street, Idaho State University Building #12 in Pocatello 208-282-3317 Bannock County Historical Museum 3200 Avenue of the Chiefs in Pocatello 208-233-0434 Fort Hall Replica and Pocatello Junction Townsite 3002 Alvord Loop, Upper Ross Park in Pocatello 208-235-7659 Museum of Clean 711 S. 2nd Ave. in Pocatello 208-236-6906 Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum Exit 80 off I-15 in Fort Hall, 208-237-9791 National Oregon/California Trail Museum 320 North 4th St. in Montpelier 208-847-3800 Idaho Potato Museum 130 NW Main St. in Blackfoot 208-785-2517



Farnsworth TV & Pioneer Museum 118 W. 1st Street in Rigby, 208-745-8423 Legacy Flight Museum Rexburg Airport in Rexburg 208-351-0044 Teton Dam Flood Museum 35 N. 1st E. in Rexburg 208--359-3020 Teton Valley Museum 137 N. Hwy 33 in Driggs 208-354-6000

Art Galleries

New Dawn Gallery

123 N. Main St. in Pocatello 208-226-4226 Gate City Fine Arts Gallery 315 W. Center St. in Pocatello 208-220 - 1131 Pocatello Art Center 444 N. Main St. in Pocatello 208-232-0970 Gallows’ Gallery & Frames

122 N. Main St. in Pocatello 208-234-2544 John B. Davis Art Gallery Idaho State University Fine Arts Building (No.11) on Fifth Ave. in Pocatello 208-282-2361 Colonial Theater & Carr Gallery/Willard Arts Center 450 A. Street in Idaho Falls 208-522-0471


The Pocatello Zoo 2900 South 2nd Avenue in Pocatello 208-234-6264 Tautphaus Park Zoo 2725 Carnival Way, Idaho Falls 208-612-8552


Carmike Pine Ridge 10 4355 Yellowstone Ave. in Chubbuck 208-237-9095 Reel Theatre 310 E. Oak St., in Pocatello 208-233-2300 Bengal Theater Pond Student Union Building at ISU 921 S. 8th Ave. 208-282-3451

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Corn mazes and haunted houses are on the docket for autumn in Southeast Idaho.

Fall colors You don’t have to drive far to see the changing of the seasons. According to Xtreme Idaho, the best time to view fall colors in higher elevation in Idaho is early to mid-September. But views in the valley last from late September to early October. Go to outdoors/xtreme_idaho/ best-places-in-southeastidaho-to-see-fall-colors/ article_e88b8047-a7eb-5c64b45d-a9a9fb4b9afb.html for a list of the best places to take in the autumn views. Corn Mazes Swore Farms, located on Ballard Road just a few miles north of Pocatello, features a learning corn maze — the correct answers to a series of farm related questions leads out of the maze — four pumpkin patches and a number of children’s activities are included for just $5, and veterans get in for free. The corn maze opens Sept. 27, and admission includes a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to search for the perfect jack-o-lantern. A variety of fresh vegetables are also sold at the farm. For detailed directions, go to Located just off exit 98 on Interstate 15, the Wild Adventure Corn Maze features a 10-acre corn maze, 3 miles of trail and three maze challenges. Wild Adventures also has a petting zoo, hay rides and Mexican Crazy Corn. Mexican Crazy Corn won the People’s Choice Award for “Best New Fair Food,” at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in 2015. The Wild Adventure Corn Maze is open Sept. 12 through Oct. 29. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. through Nov. 7. The cost is $11 for ages 12 and older and $6 for kids 4 to 11. Children younger than 4 are free. Group rates

and family passes are also available. For more information go to wildadventurecornmaze. com. Haunted Houses and Tours Halloween celebrators looking to be scared out of their minds will find what they’re looking for in Southeast Idaho. The Theatre of Lost Souls in Shelley promises the most frightening event of a lifetime. Located inside the old Virginia Theater, the intense adventure opens Sept.30 and continues through Oct. 31. The Theatre of Lost Souls is open Monday through Thursday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $9 during the week and $10 on weekends. The Halloween destination is not recommended for children younger than 12. Locals claim the theater, built in 1918, is actually haunted. Sightings of dark shadows, a little girl in white and a tall man with a beard have been reported, along with strange whispers and crashes. To learn more about the theater go to, The Blackfoot Community Players presents “The Grandstand of Terror” Oct. 13 through Oct. 31 at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. The haunted grandstand is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. It’s engineered to make you scream, according to the Blackfoot Community

Players, and all proceeds go to benefit the restoration and up-keep of the historic Nuart Theater in downtown Blackfoot. To learn more about the Blackfoot Community Player and for ticket prices go to blackfootcommunityplayers. com/events.  The Haunted History Walking Tour in Old Town Pocatello is set for Oct. 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. The tours feature four haunted buildings on the west side of Old Town Pocatello. Tickets are on sale at the Old Town office at 420 North Main Street. Adult tickets are $20, and children ages 8-15 are $15.  Tickets can be reserved at 208-232-7545. Concerts and Shows If you’re more into the sounds of the season, Grammy award-winning and platinum selling artist Suzy Bogguss will appear at the Stephens Performing Arts Center on Oct. 27. For a listing of upcoming events at Stephens Performing Arts Center, go to www. shtml. Beatles tribute band, Imagine, will perfrom at the Marsh Valley Performing Arts Center on Oct. 15. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 18 and under. For more information go to Visitors to Bear Lake County can catch the ninth annual Can You Believe It Talent Show. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for youth and children. Theatre doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts

in Chubbuck will present the “Mystery of Edward Drood” Sept. 13 through Oct.15. For reservations and ticket prices go to The Idaho Falls Symphony presents the Greatness

of Mahler on Oct.15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium and the Young Artist Competition Final Recital is set for Oct. 29. For ticket information go to

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