Moab Utah travel blog

The Fossil Beds on the Snake River

More of the Fossil Beds

Hagerman Valley

Another view of the valley

Farming in the Valley

The Snake River and the Hagerman Valley

Ruts of the Oregon Trail

Ruts Oregon Trail climbing the hill

Blue Flowers along the Oregon Trail

Thousand Springs area

The cliffs above the thousand Springs

Close view of the Springs coming out of the cliffs

View of the cliffs and Niagara Springs

Niagara Springs

The Shoshone Falls Park

Shoshone Falls on the snake River low water this time of year

The full Falls area Spring is the best time to see this...

Looking down River

Malad Canyon a deep gourge

The Cascading river (Malad River) coming down the canyon.

The split in the rocks on the Cannyon wall

Looking Down the Canyon ( Notice the split in the rocks)

From Caldwell, ID we traveled to Hagerman, ID on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. We planned to stay two nights and have actually decided to stay four nights. So much to see and do in this area. Hagerman is on old US 30 and we have driven through here several times. We have always said we wanted to come back and stay sometime so here we are. We are staying at Hagerman RV Village right in town. Great park and only $25.00 a night before Good Sam discount. Very friendly staff and seems to be a well run park.

Hagerman is in the land of 1000 springs and the cliffs outside of town are covered in waterfalls even this time of year. The aquifir that runs in these hillsides is one of biggest in the U.S.

This area is also known for it's fossils particularly the Hagerman horse. You can find these fossils in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. The history and geology of this area is unbelievable. Most of these fossils date back about 3.5 million years ago which is some of the newest that have been found. They are still uncovering these fossils every year.

The covered wagons on the Oregon Trail came this way as well and you can still see the ruts in many areas. We spent a fun day discovering all of this history. If you come to this area be sure to visit the National Park Service Visitor's Center in Hagerman. They are wealth of knowledge.

While in the this area we also visited Shoshone Falls which they call "the Niagara of the West". These falls are actually 50 feet higher than Niagara Falls in New York/Canada. Spring and early summer is the best time to visit but it was still very impressive this late in the year. This area is run by the City of Twin Falls and they have built a beautiful park area.

Thursday we did some more exploring and it took us to Niagara Springs State Park. A little difficult to locate and we ended up with about 6 buses of kids and a cross country running race, but it was definitely worth it. The "Springs" were spectacular as you can see by our pictures. It is no wonder they call this place land of 1000 springs.

Our exploring then took us to Malad Gorge which is actually right along I-84 outside of Bliss, ID. This gorge is cut deep by the Snake and Wood Rivers. They have a walking bridge over the gorge at Devil's Washbowl. It is a longgggg way down!

We then drove back to the park and sat and enjoyed a gin & tonic with Chloe outside.

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