Fun Facts: Attractions
Bruneau Dunes State Park
has the largest single-structured sand dune in North America, which stands 470 ft. high. The park's two most prominent dunes cover approximately 600 acres and rarely shift position. The park is located near Mountain Home, Idaho and includes other attractions such as camping, cabin lodging, lakes, an observatory and a nature store.
Craters of the Moon National Monument
stretches over 618 square miles of land and is the largest young basaltic lava field in the lower 48 states. It is located in central Idaho, approximately 160 miles east of Boise.
is the deepest river gorge in North America. With a depth of 7,900 ft. it is deeper than the Grand Canyon. Hells Canyon sits along Idaho's western boundary with Oregon and covers approximately 650,000 acres of wilderness. The canyon is known for its world-class whitewater rafting and many other activities such as hiking and horseback riding.
The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area
is 2.3 million acres of rugged, unspoiled backcountry with the famous Salmon River at its heart. Known as "The Frank," it is the largest wilderness area in the contiguous United States, contains more than 3,000 miles of trails inside its boundaries and is located entirely within the Salmon River Mountains.
The Oregon Trail
passes through what is now southern Idaho. Original wagon wheel ruts can still be seen today in some of the state's more rugged terrain. In more developed areas such as Boise, small monuments mark areas where the historic trail once passed.
on the Snake River is located near Twin Falls, Idaho and drops 212 ft. into the Snake River, 52 ft. further than famous Niagara Falls.
The Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
is located near Kuna, Idaho and is home to the largest concentration of nesting raptors in North America. The site attracts thousands of visitors each year to observe these marvelous birds.
Wilson Butte Cave
located near Twin Falls was excavated in 1959 and found to contain bones from bison and antelope, as well arrowheads and other artifacts that date as far back as 14,500 years ago.
Northern Idaho's Silver Valley
was once one of the top ten mining districts in the world. Between 1884 and 2004 the valley produced more than 1 billion ounces of silver. The area is also a popular mountain recreation destination, home to both Lookout Pass Ski Area and Silver Mountain Resort.
River is the nation's longest free-flowing river that heads and flows within a single state and is known as "The River of No Return." Despite its nickname, this river is known for its world-class whitewater rafting.