With Spring quickly approaching, I think we’re all itching to get out, get some sun, and experience the life and color that nature has to offer. Idaho is dotted with state and national parks that attract 5.5 million visitors each year. But why just visit? Move to Idaho so these parks will become more accessible to you! If you like hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, skiing, or boating, these parks are sure to keep you busy year-round!
The Ashton-Tetonia Trail is a 26.9 mile rail-trail conversion built on the former Teton Valley Branch of the Union Pacific Railroad from Ashton to Tetonia, Idaho. The trail is used for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Bring your water, sunscreen, and sunglasses and enjoy the view!
Massacre Rocks State Park is a famous spot along the Oregon Trail, located along the Snake River ten miles southwest of American Falls. The park is made up of large boulders, known as the “Gate of Death” where emigrants feared the possible ambush of Native Americans. At the park, you can camp, picnic, hike, play disc golf, mountain bike, cycle, fish, and boat.
Bruneau Dunes State Park is made up of large sand dunes and small lakes, located fifteen miles south of Mountain Home, Idaho. The park is home to North America’s highest single-structured sand dune, which is approximately 470 feet high. The park is 4,800 acres and includes the Bruneau Dunes Observatory, where visitors can use a telescope for stargazing. You can also fish, boat, picnic, hike, horseback ride, sled, and rent a sandboard from the Visitor Center!
Henry’s Lake is one of Idaho’s great high mountain lakes, found in Island Park, Idaho. It’s considered one of the finest trout fisheries in the West. You’ll find Cutthroat Trout, Cut-Bow Hybrid, Moose, Antelope, Swans, Pelicans, Various Waterfowl, and Sand Hill Cranes. Here, you can camp, picnic, hike, bike, fish, boat, and throw horseshoes.
Eagle Island State Park is located in Eagle, Idaho just off the State Highway. Multi-use trails lace through the 545 acres. You can also swim, fish, canoe, play volleyball, picnic, and go down the waterslide! It’s a very popular area for locals, especially in the Summer.
Nearly 15 million years ago, vast lava flows created what we now call Craters of the Moon. These lava fields are now scattered with islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. Craters of the Moon is a huge national preserve. It’s over 1,100 square miles (over 750,000 acres) which is roughly the size of Rhode Island. The lava flows that make up the preserve can even be seen from space.
The City of Rocks is exactly what it sounds like: towering rocks that appear to create a “Silent City.” The 14,407 acre reserve attracts rock climbers, campers, hikers, and hunters.
Yellowstone National Park lies at the borders of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. You can explore the thermal basins, hike trails, take photographs, and watch wildlife. Some of the most popular attractions are the Old Faithful geyser, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone Lake, and Mammoth Hot Springs.
One of the great things about living in Idaho is how close you are to all of these parks! You can easily make weekend or day trips, creating lasting memories with your friends and family. These attractions can become your new backyard. Call an Accel Realty Partners agent to begin your move today. State Parks not a good enough reason for you to move to Idaho? Click here and these 10 things might convince you. We are following the COVID-19 guidelines.
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