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Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

City of Rocks

The City of Rocks National Reserve, also known as the Silent City of Rocks, is a United States National Reserve and state park lying 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the south central Idaho border with Utah. It is widely known for its excellent rock climbing and rock formations.

The rock spires in the City of Rocks and adjacent Castle Rocks State Park are largely composed of granitic rock of the Oligocene Almo pluton and Archean Green Creek Complex.

The City of Rocks is a popular rock climbing area, with over 1,000 traditional and bolt-protected routes. In the 1980s, it was home to some of the most difficult routes in the US, mostly developed by Idaho climber Tony Yaniro. Climbers in the region refer to the area as simply 'The City'.

California Trail wagon trains of the 1840s and 1850s left the Raft River valley and traveled through the area and over Granite Pass into Nevada. Names or initials of emigrants written in axle grease are still visible on Register Rock. Ruts from wagon wheels also can be seen in some of the rocks.


Craters of the Moon

See lava tubes, tree molds, almost every variety of basaltic lava, and the deepest known rift crack in the world at Craters of the Moon National Monument. Go to the visitor center to learn how astronauts trained at the park, watch the short film on the monument's geology, and read the various displays. In certain seasons, ranger-led walks are available on which you can learn about the local wildlife, plants, and geology. You can, however, take a self-guided tour anytime of year, and the trails are easily accessible from the loop drive. Take in the views from the road at the various stopping points and leave your car briefly to hike to the caves and rift cracks in the lava. 


Snake River Canyon

Snake River Canyon Trail is located in Twin Falls. By using our Twin Falls visit planning tool, you can arrange your visit to Snake River Canyon Trail and other attractions in Twin Falls.


Shoshone Falls

Known as “The Niagara of the West,” Shoshone Falls are a 65 m (212 ft) high and 300 m (1,000 ft) wide wonders of nature. These waterfalls are actually 14 m (45 ft) taller than Niagara's. Admire the falls and the scenic surroundings from the observation platforms. Continue exploring on the hiking trails, or relax in the picnic area. A play area and restrooms are also available. If you're up for a longer visit, head to the launch platform for Evel Knievel’s famous attempt to clear the Snake River Canyon, which is located 3 km (1.8 mi) from the falls. Admission is charged per vehicle at the parking lot. 


Miracle Hot Springs

Miracle Hot Springs is located in Buhl. The entire family can enjoy the amazing benefit of the hot mineral water at Miracle or Banbury Hot Springs. Enjoy a soak in one of the private hot pools or make new friends in the outdoor swimming and soaking pools.

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