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In November 2012, Canyon County acquired Map Rock, a famous Idaho petroglyph, and 34 acres of surrounding property for the creation of another park. The county is working with the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office and consulting with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe of Fort Hall, Idaho, to …

In 1834 Thomas McKay, an associate of the Hudson Bay Company, built a fort on the bank of the Snake River. By 1843, it had become a haven for many travelers along the Oregon Trail. A flood destroyed the original buildings in 1853, and the site was abandoned. Parma's Old Fort Boise on the eas…

The Idaho Botanical Garden has blossomed into numerous specialty gardens, each with a unique focus. Included are a contemporary English Garden, a Meditation Garden, a Children’s Adventure Garden, an Heirloom Rose Garden and a Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden.

Travel back in time and catch a flick the old-fashioned way at the Motor Vu in Parma. New movies, all completely digitized, are selected each week. Patrons can still get their fill of the drive in’s famous popcorn popped in the Motor Vu’s original machine from 1953. The drive-in is located a…

A hike to Jump Creek southwest of Marsing offers a surprising waterfall and lush riparian community filled with waterbirch and red osier dogwood trees. Visitors can hike the easy quarter-mile Jump Creek Falls Trail (you may get your feet wet!) or walk high and dry to the Falls Overlook on a …

Situated along the Snake River, Celebration Park was established as Idaho’s only archaeological park in 1989. A walk through the huge basalt melon gravels deposited by the Bonneville flood reveals petroglyphs 100 to 10,000 years old. Visitors learn about the Paleolithic and Archaic lifeways …

Few metro areas can claim as beautiful and relaxing of a river float as the Treasure Valley. From Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park, the Boise River takes you 8 miles past tree-lined banks through the heart of downtown. Three spillways and several rapids add a bit of adventure to the ride. Re…

The Gem County Fairgrounds is the place to be for the Idaho Cowboy Association Rodeo featuring some of the top cowboys in the Northwest. The rodeo is held July 30-Aug. 1. Events start at 8 p.m. Pre-rodeo junior events start at 7 p.m. Free entertainment and concerts will be provided on the st…

Since the 1930s, the community of Emmett has gathered each June to celebrate the abundance of the Valley for the Cherry Festival – the region's longest, continually running festival. The Cherry Festival, June 17-20,  attracts an estimated 45,000 people for the event. The traditional Cherry F…

Show-N-Shine 2015 begins Cruise Night July 18 in style at the Emmett City Park. In 2013, more than 850 cars were displayed. A pancake breakfast gets under way early Saturday morning. If you're looking for a car part that has eluded you for years, be sure and check it out. Music, food and ven…

With local favorites including Bitner Vineyards, Huston Vineyards and Indian Creek Winery — just to name a few — Canyon County is prime wine country. Luckily, you can book a tour of all the area has to offer with the click of a button. To schedule a tour, check out www.

As visitors enter the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's outdoor amphitheater and habitat reserve, they often embark upon a theatrical experience like no other. In addition to the theater, a 770-seat, state-of-the-art facility that was built to feature the human voice, the Festival Amphitheater an…

Built in 1901 to provide electricity to nearby mines, Swan Falls Dam is the oldest hydroelectric generating site on the Snake River. Idaho Power built a new power plant in the mid-1990s. The old plant is decommissioned and is now a historical display. For security reasons, tours of the facil…

Martin Landing, a partnership between Idaho Fish and Game and Canyon County Parks, encompasses 60 acres and is located at the confluence of the Boise, Owyhee and Snake rivers. This site is a perfect fishing, birdwatching and boating location near Melba.

Lucky Peak State Park is the perfect place for swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating or biking. Three distinct day-use units make up Lucky Peak State Park. Discovery is a popular roadside park that is a great place to host a company party or family reunion. Sandy Point, at the base of the L…

The 135-mile Idaho portion of the Oregon National Historic Trail presents wonderful recreational opportunities. In the mid-1800s, thousands of pioneers followed the Oregon Trail 2,000 miles from Missouri to Oregon in search of a better life. Two segments of the primary route, North Trail and…

Visitors are now able to mountain bike from the top of Bogus Basin all the way to the Boise foothills and eventually to the new Eagle Velodrome and Cycling Park on the new Shafer Butte trail system. Food service is available on weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the JR Simplot lodge. The Shafer B…

Celebrate a special occasion by screaming down a network of ziplines up to 2,000 feet long at speeds up to 50 mph while enjoying beautiful mountain vistas above Horseshoe Bend with Zip Idaho. Even the shuttle ride to the drop-off point at the top of the peaks is an adventure. Or head further…

The Thunder Mountain Line is a rail service aimed at those looking to take advantage of Idaho’s amazing whitewater and scenery. The train, called the Payette River Flyer, will run between Smiths Ferry and Cascade on Saturdays and Sundays this summer. Riders are able to bring their own rafts …

Silver City is one of the few old Idaho mining towns that did not burn down or become commercialized into a modern city. The Idaho Hotel is as it was 100 years ago with a few modern amenities. Sinker Creek Outfitters will provide a historic ride back into history on horseback exploring the O…

People will drive for miles and miles just to take a bite of Trudy's Kitchen's famous huckleberry cheesecake. Located at 3876 Highway 21 in Idaho City, this diner was created in the 1990s and has been going strong ever since. It's nestled among some of the most beautiful scenery in Idaho, an…

C.J. Strike Dam and Reservoir supports many unique recreational opportunities, and there are five campgrounds and various sportsman access sites. Activities include fishing, boating, camping, swimming, water skiing, horseback riding, hiking and wildlife viewing. Nestled in the Snake River Va…

With one of the longest camping seasons in the Idaho Parks system, Bruneau Dunes State Park offers camping opportunities throughout the year. Campsites and cabins are available with plenty of first-come, first-served sites. The site features star gazing at the park’s observatory each Friday …

The historic Roseberry townsite is 1.5 miles east of Donnelly, and two hours north of Boise. The 1905 General Store and Museum features nostalgic and unique gifts of yesteryear, Roseberry-Finnish-Scandinavian gifts, local goods including Huckleberry products, replica tin signs, a suit of arm…

The Hagerman Horse, Equus Simplicidens, Idaho’s state fossil, was the first true horse. The Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is home to over 200 different species of fossil plants and animals. With over 3,000 new fossil fragments found each year, it is one of the most fossiliferous Pli…

In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the placement of Japanese American citizens in incarceration camps. Nearly 13,000 people lived at Minidoka from 1942-1946. A 1.6 mile walking trail has been constructed with 23 interpretive wayside signs along the …

Less than a three hour drive is all that separates you and your family from vibrant downtown of McCall and its main attraction: Payette Lake. The pristine alpine lake allows for all kinds of summertime opportunities to swim, sail, water-ski, jet-ski, canoe or kayak. There are many hiking tra…

Experience tranquil river kayaking at its best in the North Payette River as it meanders to the north end of Payette Lake near McCall. A slow current allows paddling upstream almost as easily as downstream. Launch your own watercraft or rent one along Warren Wagon Road at the river's outlet.

South of Buhl in the Salmon Falls Creek Canyon stands world-famous Balanced Rock. Over 48 feet tall and 40 tons, the wind-carved rock balances precariously on a pedestal only 3 feet by 17 inches. Nearby Balanced Rock Park is an excellent spot for a picnic.

This spectacular bridge spans the majestic Snake River Canyon on the northern edge of Twin Falls. It is 1,500 feet long and 486 feet above the Snake River. The bridge has views of the river, sheer cliffs, the Blue Lakes, waterfalls a park and two golf courses. BASE jumpers enjoy the Perrine …

Hugging the borders of northeastern Oregon and western Idaho, this national showcase holds 652,488 acres of beauty and adventure, where you can let your senses run as wild as the landscape in the deepest river gorge in North America. The location boasts scenic vistas that rival any on the co…

Shoshone Falls is among the most spectacular of natural beauties along the Snake River. At 212 feet, the falls are higher than Niagara Falls. They are best viewed during the spring and early summer, when water flows are high — depending on winter snow melt.

Known for American classics such as “A Farwell to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” writer Ernest Hemingway first came to Idaho in 1939 after Union Pacific Railroad chairman Averell Harriman invited him and other celebrities to Sun Valley. In the fall of 1939, he finished his novel “For W…

Bayhorse, near Challis, is an 1880s era ghost town. Managed as a unit of Land of the Yankee Fork State Park, Bayhorse demonstrates that historic preservation and recreational use can be mutually beneficial. Bayhorse Town site will remain open for the summer season through Oct. 15.

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