Land of the Yankee Fork State Park brings to life Idaho’s frontier mining history. This State Park is part of the larger Land of the Yankee Fork Historic Area located in scenic central Idaho. Managed by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Challis District of the Bureau of Land Management, this historic area provides unique historical interpretation and many recreational opportunities. At the Yankee Fork Visitor Center near Challis there are museum exhibits, a gold panning station, audiovisual programs, and friendly personnel to provide information on local mining history and area attractions. Also of interest are the ghost towns of Bonanza, Custer and Bayhorse, the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, the Custer Motorway and the Challis Bison Jump. Land of the Yankee Fork provides outstanding trail opportunities from hiking and biking trails, to motorized ATV and Motorbike trails. Camping on National Forest and BLM lands is varied as well, with both primitive and developed campsites available There is truly something for everyone at Land of the Yankee Fork State Park and Historic Area!


Central Idaho, S. of Challis


From Challis travel S. on Hwy 75 approximately 2 miles. The Interpretive Center is at the junction of Hwy 75 and 93. To other sites travel S. on Hwy 75 to Custer. See location map below.

Nearest City


Street Address

Junction of Hwys 75 and 93
Challis ID, 83226

Mailing Address

HC 67, Box 2004
24424 Hwy 75
Challis ID, 83226


All Year


The Visitor Center is open during the Summer season seven days/week, from 9am - 5pm. During the Winter season it is open Wed through Sat 10am - 4pm. Bayhorse and Custer Ghost towns, as well as the Yankee Fork Dredge open seasonally.


Bayhorse Townsite and the Yankee Fork Visitor Center are subject to a $5.00/vehicle fee or use of a State Park Annual Passport or MVEF pass. The Visitor Center has a Museum admission fee of $2.00 per person, a family pass is $5.00.


Dump Station, Gift Shop, Handicap Access, Instruction, Motor Coach Parking, Parking, Restrooms, Vault Toilets, Visitor Center

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