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Stay& Play in Southern Idaho

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The Coolest Place Ever! Fall and winter are great times to visit Southern Idaho. From the amazing landscapes and watchable wildlife at our natural reserves to skiing and more, this is the place to be. And when the day is over, unwind and check out any of our cultural offerings.

Pomerelle Mountain Resort With an annual snowfall of 500 inches, Pomerelle’s a premier destination for skiers in the know. Located in the Sawtooth National Forest, the resort has 24 slopes, two terrain parks and a vertical drop of 1,000 feet. For more info, call (208) 673-5599, or visit

Soldier Mountain Resort Skiers and snowboarders alike flock to Soldier Mountain, also tucked into the Sawtooth National Forest. Soldier has 1,150 acres of terrain to ski including more than 15 runs alongside glades, bowls and tree skiing. For more info, call (208) 764-2526, or visit

Magic Mountain Resort Want to add snow tubing to your skiing and boarding adventure? Then head to Magic Mountain, another Sawtooth National Forest prime destination. The resort offers a ski school for newbies, while the more experienced can tackle intermediate and expert slopes on 120 acres of terrain. For more info, call (208) 736-7669, or visit

Sun Valley Southern Idaho is also the gateway to worldfamous Sun Valley, where unmatched Nordic and downhill skiing is available. A paradise for skiers, boarders, tubers and snowshoers alike, Sun Valley also is home to heli-skiing, where skiers drop from a helicopter and head down the slopes. For more information, head to

Snowshoeing Cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts make Craters of the Moon and City of Rocks National Reserve an annual pilgrimage. The black-and-white lava terrain at Craters is home to a 7-mile snow trail unlike any other on the planet, and new groomers are keeping the trails in better shape than ever, according to Ted Stout, chief of Special Advertising Section

(800) 255-8946 interpretation and education at Craters of the Moon. In addition, the park service will be hosting Snowshoe Adventures on Saturdays during the winter. This fun-filled day teaches participants about winter ecology, how to identify tracks in the snow and how animals adapt to winter conditions. For more information about all that’s going on at the reserves, call (208) 527-1335, email, or visit For more information about City of Rocks, email Wallace_Keck@, or visit

Snowmobiling This is the place for snowmobiles, too. The Sawtooth National Forest is full of great trails and runs, including several courses in the Fairfield, South Hills and Minidoka Ranger districts, according to Julie Thomas, public information officer for the Sawtooth National Forest. “We have hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails as well as some off-road experiences,” Thomas says. “Usually people can snowmobile here for five or six months out of the year.” Get the lowdown at, or call (208) 737-3200.

Holiday Parades and Festivals If you are here over the holidays, be sure to make time for any or all of the festivities, which include several evening parades. In Buhl, the Night Light Parade is held the first Saturday in December, and comes along with a chili feed hosted by the Buhl Kiwanis Club and a Christmas bazaar. Over in Burley, the Burley Area Merchants Association also puts on an annual holiday light parade, as does the city of Twin Falls. For more info, visit

Arts on Tour Music’s the thing during Arts on Tour, the annual concert series produced by CSI and the Magic Valley Arts Council. “Wash Away the Dust of Everyday Life” is this year’s theme, and the gifted musicians from every genre are sure to help with that chore. Find more information at, or call (208) 732-6288.


Birding People also flock to Southern Idaho to get a glimpse of some amazing bird activity. The area is a stop for many birds’ annual migrations north or south including bald eagles who can be seen in and around Thousand Springs State Park, and golden eagles who live in the area year round. Rupert’s Lake Walcott State Park is another stop for our frequent fliers who like the safety and security of the Minidoka Wildlife Refuge. A new favorite spot is the Hagerman Wildlife Viewing Area at the Hagerman Rest Area, along the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway just south of the town of Hagerman. “There is superb bird watching in the Hagerman Valley and along the whole Snake River during the winter because it’s warmer, there’s a lot of water, and the waterfowl have become accustomed to the wildlife refuge areas,” says Wallace Keck, superintendent of the City of Rocks National Reserve. For more info, visit, and

Whether it’s waterfowl or big game, Southern Idaho is a hunter’s paradise. The plentiful wildlife means that hunting seasons are long, and there’s plenty of game for the taking. The majority of the area is public lands that are accessible to the public. Hunters can find enough open space for a solitary hunt or enough area to hunt with buddies and their dogs. From October through January, come and bag chukar and Hungarian partridge, pheasant, quail and sage grouse. Ducks and geese are available in areas near Rupert, Wendell and Hagerman starting in late September as they come here to winter. Deer archery season opens in late August, while rifle season begins in October. The area also supports controlled hunts for deer and elk (which require permitting that must be applied for in May). Up-to-date information on what is available, and when, as well as permitting and other info, can be found at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website,, or call (208) 324-4359. This special section is published for Southern Idaho Tourism by Journal Communications Inc.

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Southern Idaho comes alive in the spring and summer months. Bring the whole family for a fishing expedition, or just stroll through the vast expanses of unspoiled countryside. For the less sedate, our whitewater rafting can’t be beat, or see it all from (way) above on a zipline. We’ve also got more “citified” offerings for you including plenty of golf and colorful community festivals.

Watchable wildlife is a big draw here, but so are the many unique landscapes. Get both at the Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area, 3,100 acres of unique beauty that’s home to the purple Camas lily, which gets its very own festival the first weekend of June. Here’s a hint: For some of the best birding, head for the wetlands near Fairfield. For more info, call (208) 764-3202 or visit

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Shoshone Falls The breathtaking Shoshone Falls are, at 212 feet, one of the most majestic waterfalls in the United States. Those in the know come in spring and early summer, when snow melts at higher elevations turbocharge the Snake River and give the falls maximum effect. Spend a day at the nearby Dierkes Lake Complex, where you can hike and picnic near the scenic overlook. For more info, call (208) 736-2265, or visit

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In addition to the bald and golden eagles who can be spotted here, you can also find the Pinyon Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Virginia’s Warbler, sagegrouse and other birds not too common elsewhere in Idaho, according to Wallace Keck, superintendent of the City of Rocks National Reserve. “We hold our Birding Big Day the first Saturday in June every year, which brings out a lot of people with an interest in birding,” Keck says. “We also usually have another event the second Saturday in May, so that we are able to follow the migration seasons as well as the nesting period.” Be sure to stop by the new Hagerman Wildlife Viewing Area at the Hagerman Rest Area, along the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway just south of the town of Hagerman. For more info, visit, and

The City of Rocks National Reserve is well named, and its Stonehenge-like granite monoliths draw visitors from around the world. Rock climbing is the major draw here, beyond the rocks’ natural beauty, with climbers stopping in from around the world. The scene’s just as lively at the adjacent Castle Rocks State Park, where guided outdoor activities and tours are available year round, as well as self-guided jaunts through this amazing landscape. For more info, visit

Kayaking/Canoeing The Snake River around Burley and Twin Falls is a kayaking and canoeing paradise. There are plenty of places to enter and exit the river on your own, as well as rental spots where you can get fully outfitted for a day on the water. For more info, call High Adventure River Tours at (208) 837-9005 or; Idaho Guide Service at (888) 73-IDAHO or; Pryor Paddle Rentals at (208) 293-7592 or

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Biking Many of the hiking trails in the area are also for use by bikers including parts of the Skyline Trail and Marsh Creek Trail. Best of all, new areas are coming online all the time: a new set of trails in the Indian Springs area is currently in the works, according to Mike Courtney, field manager with the BLM’s Burley field office. “Right now those have been created by users, so we are working to get them authorized and in service,” he says. For more info, check out,,, or call (208) 677-6600 or (208) 732-7296.

We’re really not kidding when we talk about the amazing wildlife around here. Need more proof? Stop by Lake Walcott State Park, a part of the Minidoka Wildlife Refuge. In addition to observing unique birds such as white pelicans, you can also camp, hike, fish, and ride ATVs, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles on designated paths. For more info, call (208) 436-1258, or visit www.parksandrecreation.

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The Snake River is high and mighty during July and August, so that’s the time to go whitewater rafting. There’s something for everyone: the Hagerman stretch of the river is family friendly, with rafters as young as 6 years old out on the water, according to High Adventure River Tours, which also takes groups through the Milner and Canyon Springs section of the river. “We are professional river guides with an advanced knowledge of the river environment and the historical and biological facts that go with that,” explains Olin Gardner of Idaho Guide Service. “We have clients who go with us every year and some who have come back every year for more than 20 continuous years.” For more info, call High Adventure River Tours at (208) 837-9005 or; call Idaho Guide Service at (888) 73-IDAHO, or visit

Duffers delight in the many golf courses throughout Southern Idaho. The Twin Falls Golf Club and Canyon Springs Golf Course are public courses, and the Blue Lakes Country Club’s course also is available by way of reciprocal agreements with other country clubs (or if you play with a member). Out in Mini-Cassia, Burley offers the 18-hole Burley Golf Course and the nine-hole Ponderosa Golf Course. In Jerome, the 93 Golf Ranch has the longest course in Southern Idaho, and you can find other country club courses in Buhl, Gooding, Jerome and Rupert. “We continue to host a lot of community events, which are very popular,” says Steve Meyerhoeffer, manager of the Twin Falls Golf Club. “We have seen an increase in the number of people who are playing golf here, as well as the number of groups who want to have activities or events around playing golf.” For more info, visit, or call (208) 733-3326.

Fishing Anglers can’t get enough of the fishing in Southern Idaho, thanks to prime spots along the Snake River, as well as Lake Walcott, Salmon Falls Creek, Magic and Oakley reservoirs. Or Dierkes and Crystal Lakes, Hagerman Wildlife Management Area, Filer Ponds ... the list really does go on and on. Rainbow trout, bass, cutthroat trout and more are ready for the hooking, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Dave Parrish. “We have a lot of information that highlights available spots in the area,” he says, “including good spots for family fishing that have green space and other picnicking amenities, as well as other things to do nearby.” For more info, call (208) 324-4359, and visit for downloadable brochures and other information.

Art and Soul of the City Looking for a one-of-kind takeaway from your Southern Idaho vacation? If you’re here in late spring, look no further than Art and Soul of the City: Magic Valley Has Art, which began a couple of years ago and now is bringing in artists of every type imaginable. In 2012, more than 178 of them were on hand, and more than 40 local businesses took part in a competition where more than 1,200 visitors voted on display pieces. For more info, call (208) 734-2787, or visit

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Shoshone Ice Caves/Mammoth Caves Lower your temperature from May to September with a visit to the Shoshone Ice Caves in Lincoln County. The caves are actually lava tubes that remain 28 to 33 degrees Fahrenheit even when it is 100 degrees outside. While you’re here, don’t miss the exhibits and local lore on display at the Mammoth Cave and Natural Museum and the Lincoln County Museum. For more info, visit, or

Twin Falls/Jerome KOA It’s easy to “rough it” at the Twin Falls/Jerome KOA, where owners Kimberly and Oscar Carranza have tent and RV sites as well as cabins for your getaway. The KOA also offers a heated swimming pool, restrooms and showers, kids and pets playground, and a unique style of room service by way of the KOA café. Want more? Then enjoy the cable TV, fun cycles and mini golf. For more information, call (208) 324-4169, or visit

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Blue Sage Farm The high desert has long been home to all kinds of farming, and the tradition continues at Blue Sage Farm. Here you’ll find grass-fed lamb and artisan sheep cheese. Kids can run around in the field, and the entire family can enjoy whole meat and milk products, which are hand-produced in a way that sustains the environment for generations to come. For info, call (208) 481-0590, or visit Special Advertising Section

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2nd Time Around Antique Mall Looking to maximize your time? Then do some shopping at 2nd Time Around, and stay for the community potluck lunch that’s held every Friday. You’ll come away with some new treasures, and maybe a new recipe or two! For more info, visit, or call (208) 886-7787.

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If you’re in Dietrich and it’s time to eat, stop by the Eagle’s Nest for juicy rib eye steaks, shrimp and more. Plus, you’ve just got to love a place that has a whole menu dedicated to spuds! For more info, visit

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Shoshone Snack Bar Every day is a nice day at the Snack Bar, a locally owned and operated restaurant that’s known worldwide for its burgers. They also claim to have the world’s largest ice cream cones, so take up the challenge! For more info, visit

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Farmer’s Market at the Crossroads Point Business Center Located at the second-busiest interchange in Idaho, the Farmer’s Market at Crossroad Point has artisans and multiple vendors selling fresh fruit, veggies and baked goods. Here you’ll find that special gift, and help the market raise funds to support local heroes and their families, as well as local soup kitchens. The market is open from the first Saturday in June through the second Saturday in October. Find more info at

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order calling for the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans in isolated relocation centers. Minidoka is one of these centers, and although most of its buildings are gone, an interpretive trail walks visitors through the site explaining the lives that the 9,000 people confined here were forced to lead from 1942 to 1945. For more info, visit minidoka-internment-nationalmonunment.html.

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This community event and parade got its start in 1954, and has remained pretty much unchanged ever since. It’s a great way to get a glimpse into the history that makes Southern Idaho culture so unique. For more information, visit

It’s blue ribbons and bright lights at the Jerome County Fair, where livestock shows compete with flower and vegetable exhibitions for your attention. There’s also a carnival and lots of other entertainment. For more info, visit, or call (208) 324-7209.

It would be hard to find a more welcoming place than the Jerome Country Club, where outstanding golfing is just one way to spend the day. Enjoy great food from the Caddy Shack Restaurant, and take part in one of the many tournaments that are scheduled year round. For more information, call (208) 324-5081, or visit

Lincoln County Fair The fair scene is pretty amazing in Southern Idaho, thanks to such players as the Lincoln County Fair. The fair includes a horse show, junior rodeo, dairy show, plus chicken races and pig wrestling; there is something for everyone. For more information, visit

Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering Cowboy poetry keeps the spirit of the Old West alive through verse and song. A new and already must-visit event for poets and poetry lovers is the Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering in Shoshone, which offers open-mic sessions, vendors, entertainers and more. For more info, visit

Joe Mama’s Car Show and Jerome City Parks If classic and unusual cars are your thing, then be sure to catch the largest car event in Idaho: the Annual Joe Mama’s Jerome Car Show. Held in Jerome’s North and South city parks, the show features cars worth well into six figures, a show queen, live music and much more. Sponsor Magic Valley Early Iron Car Club promises a bigger and better show every year, and the 2012 event drew more than 16,000 people. For more info, visit Jerome City parks are home to family fun and various community events throughout the year. For more info, visit visitors/parks.html.

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Double Your Fun in Mini-Cassia

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Mini-Cassia is short for Minidoka and Cassia counties, two neighboring counties that offer a host of one-of-a-kind lodging, outdoor and entertainment activities. The area is a perfect getaway for wildlife lovers and history buffs. “Mini-Cassia is loaded with things to do,” says Kae Cameron, executive director of the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce. “Our community is made up of a lot of wonderful people and plenty of events to enjoy.”

Henry’s at the Drift Inn There are a variety of places to stay in the Mini-Cassia area, including Henry’s at the Drift Inn, a boutique-style hotel with newly remodeled suites. With gorgeous views of the Historic Rupert Square and proximity to many shops and businesses, the Drift Inn offers guests and travelers a convenient place to stay. For more information, call (208) 436-1300, or visit

Lodge and Bunkhouse/Castle Rocks State Park Other accommodations include The Lodge and Bunkhouse at Castle Rocks State Park. The lodge is a century-old ranch house completely remodeled for guests. Numerous campsites are nestled among Idaho’s largest Pinyon pine forest on the east slope of the 7,500-foot Smoky Mountain. For more information, call (208) 824-5901, or visit

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Rupert features a charming town square, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shops, businesses and restaurants such as Henry’s at the Drift Inn call the square home, but its centerpiece is the recently restored 1920s-era Wilson Theatre, a hub of local arts activities, conventions and community events. For more information, call (208) 437-2787.

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Dry Dock Restaurant/Snake River Queen

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If you’re looking for a bite to eat, Dry Dock Restaurant serves fresh meat and produce in an old-fashioned abode that can accommodate more than 100 people at a single sitting. Or relax and enjoy a terrific dinner (hint: try the steak) on the Snake River Queen, the floating sister to the Dry Dock. For more info, visit, or call (208) 678-2628.

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The Snake River offers 30 miles of flat-water boating with public docks and boat ramps full of weekend adventurers. “A lot of people have visited the area and then bought their summer homes here,” says Carol Warr, manager of Idaho Water Sports. “The area has great camping and great boat docks. We’re an outdoor mecca with paddleboarding, fishing and water skiing. It’s not crowded here (like other areas).”

July 4th in Rupert The 4th of July celebration in Rupert has evolved into an event for tourists to plan their summers around food, fireworks and a fun run among the many activities. This year is the centennial of Minidoka County – even more of a reason to celebrate! For more info, visit

Minidoka County Fair The Minidoka County Fair in late July and early August presents an array of antique displays, quilts, and arts and crafts. Their annual 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction is also a major attraction, along with the lawn mower race and a tractor pull. For more info, call (208) 436-9748 or visit

Cassia County Fair The Cassia County Fair and Rodeo in August is known for its carnival rides, livestock exhibits and musical entertainment. For more info, call (208) 678-9150, or visit

Idaho International Dance and Music Festival In July, dancers and performers from around the world converge on the King Arts Center in Burley during the annual Idaho International Dance and Music Festival. “It’s a world-class event that brings teens and adults to the area,” says Kae Cameron, executive director of the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce. “It brings thousands of people to the community.” Teams come and stay with local host families sharing their cultures with residents and visitors alike during this colorful, unique event. For more information, visit or call (888) 463-6880; or visit or call (208) 679-4793.

Idaho Regatta June brings thousands of spectators to Burley’s Idaho Regatta, one of the most popular events on the American Powerboat Association racing circuit. For more info, call (208) 670-3730, or visit

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Wake in the Snake For the past 12 years, the Wake in the Snake wakeboard competition in Burley has been a favorite for both riders and spectators. Competitors come from surrounding states to show off their slickest board tricks. “The venue that we have in Burley is great for spectators,” says Carol Warr, manager of Idaho Water Sports, the event’s main sponsor. “There’s a grassy area and many shade trees. The river is pristine, and it’s a perfect place to spend your day. The kids like coming to Burley a day or two ahead to take their boats and run the practice course.” For more info, call (208) 678-5869.

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Visit Wendell, Gooding and Fairfield Enjoy the serene beauty and get the inside story on Idaho when you visit the North Side, which includes the communities of Gooding, Wendell and Fairfield. You can expect a diverse range of recreational venues, all of which are conveniently located for easy access. “The amount of outdoor entertainment draws people to the area,” says Susan Bolton, secretary of the Wendell Chamber of Commerce. “We have everything from zipline to hunting and hiking. The Snake River Canyon is nearby, and there’s a broad spectrum of things that you can do that are all within an hour of each other.”

Centennial Marsh/Camas Prairie

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Camas County’s Centennial Marsh, provides wetland and upland wildlife habitat for a host of wildlife species. With 3,100 acres offering a sanctuary for waterfowl and shorebirds, the area attracts many bird species including Canada geese, mallards and gadwalls. The Camas lilies, colorful star-shaped flowers found predominantly in the western United States, bloom beginning in late May. For more info, call (208) 324-4359, or visit

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Little City of Rocks Not to be confused with City of Rocks, this is an area of odd rock formations at the northern edge of the Snake River plain, and its 5,875 acres includes a number of streams and waterfalls. For more info, call (208) 732-7200, or visit special_areas/Little_City.html.

Gooding County Museum One of the state’s newest museums, the Gooding County Museum has numerous artifacts for those interested in family history, county history and state history. Recent exhibits focus on the Basque culture, the Union Pacific Railroad and other local history; this year the museum will help to celebrate the centennial of Gooding County. For more info, call (208) 934-5318, or visit

Gooding and Camas County Fairs The region’s fairs, traditionally held in late July and earlyto mid-August, are always a treat for children and adults alike. Both the Gooding County Fair and the Camas County Fair offer rodeos, 4H exhibits, food vendors and parades. What sets them apart is their quirky games and contests. Highlights of the Gooding County Fair include chicken races, pig wrestling and ATV rodeos. The Camas County Fair in downtown Fairfield is most notable for its bed race competition. Each team consists of five racers with one member riding the bed. For more info, call (208) 934-4529 (Gooding) or (208) 764-2230 (Camas).

Magic Valley Dairy Days During June (dairy month, of course), Wendell’s Dairy Days honors the region’s agricultural heritage. Every year local kindergartners are asked to create a theme for the festivities. Events include a parade, a community breakfast and cowpatty bingo (don’t ask!). “Before the event, we hand out styrofoam cows that are about four feet tall,” Bolton says, “and the businesses decorate them according to the theme and display them in front of the business. We have carnival rides and normally a band that plays Thursday and Friday nights.” For more info, call (208) 934-8477.

Western Heritage Gathering and Ranch Rodeo This Gooding event draws attendees for its draft horse show, as well as the Dutch oven cook-off. But the crown jewel, of course, is the ranch rodeo. Real working cowboys compete for prizes in areas like cutting, branding, doctoring, horse roping and trailer loading. For more info, call (208) 358-0520. Find more information and download our app at

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Head West to Hagerman and Buhl Travel west on Highway 30 out of Twin Falls, which is also the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway, through the communities of Filer and Buhl into the scenic Hagerman Valley, which offers a beautiful tapestry of natural wonders. Take in the spectacular views while you enjoy an assortment of local events, and make one of our unique hotels and resorts your base of operations.

Hagerman Valley Inn The Hagerman Valley Inn, conveniently located in Hagerman just off the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway, is home to a number of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, fly fishing and rafting. For more info, call (208) 837-6116, or visit

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Miracle Hot Springs is a family oriented hot springs resort in Southern Idaho that features 15 private hot pools, a staff of massage therapists, as well as unique camping domes, RV sites and even three alligators are in residence! For more info, call (208) 316-3211, or visit

1,000 Springs Resort For a unique stay, try the 1,000 Springs Resort in Hagerman. It has 17 private indoor Jacuzzis of mineral water, as well as 25 campsites, 18 RV sites and two new cabins. There’s also a host of activities on the grounds, so this really is an “all in one” resort destination! For more info, call (208) 837-4987, or visit

Sagebrush Days This festival has livened up Fourth of July festivities in Buhl for more than 75 years. The weekend-long festival includes a fun run, a fire hose competition and the longest parade in Southern Idaho. “It’s a smalltown parade that your grandparents would have watched,” says Michelle Olsen, Buhl Chamber of Commerce administrator. “People who moved away plan their vacations around the event. We have craft and food vendors, and live entertainment during the evenings.” For more info, call (208) 543-6682. Special Advertising Section

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Cloverleaf Creamery In the mood for a tasty treat? Look no further than Cloverleaf Creamery, a family-owned dairy farm in Buhl. The farm’s retail store sells farm-fresh milk (in glass bottles, no less) in addition to ice cream flavors ranging from classic vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to the more distinctive raspberry cheesecake, banana cream pie and potato ice cream. For more info, call (208) 543-4272, or visit

From Seed to Store From Seed to Store uses vegetables, fruit and meat from local growers to benefit the local economy and provide customers with the freshest products available as “artisan, handmade” bread. The emphasis at this Broadway retail store is on pesticide- and hormone-free food. For more info, call (208) 543-9879, or visit

Thousand Springs Festival This must-see event takes place on Ritter Island, a 385-acre parcel that is part of the Thousand Springs State Park located in Hagerman Valley. During the past few years, more than 4,000 attendees traveled to the festival, which features artisans, musicians and activities from the area. All proceeds benefit the Southern Idaho Land Trust. For more info, call (208) 432-5334, or visit Two great events combine into one every September with the Hagerman Valley Chamber of Commerce’s A Blast in the Grass Car and Art Show. There is art on display, along with a wine and cheese tasting on Friday, and then the car show throughout the next day. Cooking classes, bingo, music and more also are on tap, so plan to hang out with us the whole weekend! For more info, visit, or call (208) 837-9131.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run and Walk Hard-core runners and more relaxed walkers alike enjoy this event sponsored by the Hagerman Valley Chamber of Commerce every March. The course winds through beautiful Malad Gorge, one of nine units of Thousand Springs State Park. For more info, visit, or call (208) 837-9131.

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Thousand Springs State Park The sheer variety of activities keeps vacationers coming back to the Thousand Springs area each year. “In some winters, visitors to this area might see as many as 200 eagles,” says Dave Landrum, manager of Thousand Springs State Park. “We have family reunions and weddings here, and some people have been coming for over 40 years. We have anyone from church groups to Boy Scouts troops.” For more info, call (208) 539-0519, or visit thousand-springs.

Snake River The Hagerman stretch of the Snake River is popular for float boaters and fishing enthusiasts looking to catch trout or bluegills. Rafters of all levels can enjoy this section, which ranges from mellow waters perfect for paddling to more adventurous whitewater river rapids. “There’s really something for everybody here,” Landrum says. “There’s everything from horseshoe tournaments to chainsaw carving competitions. Every park is here to protect the water.”

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument Discover history at the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. Home to fossils dating to before the last Ice Age. Visitors learn about more than 200 fossils of plants and animals including some of the earliest appearances of modern flora and fauna. For more info, call (208) 933-4100, or visit and Find more information and download our app at

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Stay, Shop and More in Twin Falls Visitors to Twin Falls don’t have trouble finding things to do – the problem is narrowing down the list! From unique lodgings that make you feel at home to world-class shopping, dining and outdoor recreation, it’s easy to stay, and play, in this vibrant, friendly city.

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Ever entertained the thought of jumping off a bridge or just want to watch? If so, join other like-minded souls on the 486-foot-tall Perrine Bridge, which spans the Snake River Canyon, and is the only bridge in America where base jumping is legal and allowed anytime with no permit required. If you’d like an audience, go in September for the annual Perrine Bridge Festival. For more information, visit

The Fillmore Inn Built during the Great Depression by a Standard Oil executive, the Fillmore’s classic brick Tudor style has long been one of the city’s most recognized homes. Newly renovated and filled with period furniture and antiques by owners Dean and Julie Beaudet, visitors can enjoy its original arched doorways, hand-carved beams and Venetian plastered walls, as well as all the modern amenities they could desire. For more information, call (208) 736-4257, or visit

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Trails, Hiking and Biking Getting outside is just the start of your adventure here. Take an easy walk on a scenic trail on the floor of Rock Creek Canyon, or enjoy the 10-mile Snake River Canyon Rim Trail that overlooks the gorge. Don’t miss Shoshone Falls, which at 212 feet are 52 feet higher than Niagara Falls, says Dennis Bowyer, parks and recreation director for Twin Falls. “The falls are breathtaking, and there’s a trail that will take you out of the canyon and stops at some overlooks. This trail also will take you within 200 feet of the famous Evel Knievel jump site.” (For those who may not recall, Knievel tried – and failed – to jump the canyon in 1974). For more information, visit, or call (208) 736-2265.

Canoeing/Kayaking/Paddleboarding The more sedate among us can enjoy the Snake River thanks to the canoes, kayaks and paddleboards provided by the folks at Pryor Paddle Rentals. Start out at Centennial Waterfront Park, and make your way under the Perrine Bridge and even all the way up to Pillar Falls. If the river’s not too high, you can even go all the way up to the base of Shoshone Falls. For more information, call (208) 293-7592, or visit

Magic Valley Beer Festival

Want to see the Magic Valley from a unique perspective? Try Zip The Snake, the area’s first zipline. You’ll ride more than 3,300 feet of zipline cables in four spans, getting a bird’s eye view of the area’s scenic beauty! For more information, email Magic Valley Flight Simulation at, visit them at, or call (208) 329-4149.

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Brewers descend on Twin Falls every August for the Magic Valley Beer Festival, held in Twin Falls City Park. In 2012 there were more than 75 varieties, running the gamut from stouts and lagers to gluten-free beers. Your entry fee gets you a mug, and from there the sampling is up to you, says Shayne Carpenter, organizer and beer guru. “It’s a great time, and all proceeds go to the Blue Lakes Rotary Club and a second charity, which in 2013 will be Twin Falls Senior Center.” The next festival is set for Aug. 3, 2013. For more info, visit

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Twin Falls Tonight Bigger and better are two good words to sum up Twin Falls Tonight, the popular summer concert series that runs from June through August. TFT expanded to nine weeks in 2012, and will likely be just as big next year, according to chairperson Robin Dober. “It’s really popular; we had more than 1,500 people the last night, so we’re looking for ways to keep it going and thriving,” Dober says. For more information, visit

Twin Falls Municipal Band For more than 100 years, the Twin Falls Municipal Band has been entertaining residents and visitors alike. Music lovers enjoy their openair concerts at City Park during the summer, so grab a few chairs, friends and food, and head that way starting in June.

Twin Falls Sandwich Company And speaking of food, go local at Twin Falls Sandwich Company, where the chips and fries are made on site, as well as the many salads. Meats are roasted and smoked on the premises as well, owner Shane Cook says. “We don’t use any packaged stuff, and we buy local meats, cheese and vegetables when we can, so it’s all from around here,” Cook says. For more info, visit

Magic Valley Cinema/ Magic Valley Mall Need some on-screen entertainment? How about some retail therapy? Catch a movie at one of Magic Valley Cinema’s 13 screens, or take a run through the more than 80 stores and restaurants of Magic

Valley Mall including Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Buffalo Wild Wings and more. For more info, visit

Canyon Park The shopping’s also the thing at Canyon Park, which is in the midst of an expansion that will double its size by 2014. Currently there are six retailers, four restaurants and a bank in Canyon Park, which is near the canyon rim.

Farmers Market A great way to get back to nature is a stop at the Twin Falls Farmers Market, which is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through October, at the College of Southern Idaho’s Ag Endowment Farm on North College Road. Dozens of vendors are on hand with everything from fruits and vegetables to artisan cheeses, eggs, canned goods and much more. Everything at the market is grown or made from within 150 miles of Twin Falls, so you’re guaranteed a local treat!

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Stay & Play in Southern Idaho 2013  

Learn more about Southern Idaho in the Stay & Play digital special section that also appears in the print and online versions of Livability...