Friday, September 30, 2016

National Lands: Idaho

Devils Orchard - in: Craters of the Moon Natio...
Devils Orchard - in: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The northeastern tip of the lower section of Idaho has Yellowstone National Park, which is to the northeast of Idaho Falls and east of Interstate 15. The largest section of the park is in Wyoming, but the park crosses the state borders of Idaho and Montana. This is the nation's first national park. The geyser basin, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River are just some of the attractions.  Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve is located in the central southern section of the state. It is west of Idaho Falls and Interstate 15 and north of Interstate 86. Visitors can drive or hike the volcanic area. The Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is located in the southern section of the state. It is south of Interstate 84 and northwest of Twin Falls. Thousands of fossils are in the park.

The City of Rocks National Reserve is on the Nevada border west of Interstate 84 and south of Interstate 84. (The interstate takes a turn south.) Climbing, hiking and horseback are some of the available activities. The park has 14,407 acres of spires. Minidoka National Historic Site is located in the southern section of the state between Twin Falls and Jerome on Interstate 84. This site commemorates the relocation of 120,000 Japanese by President Roosevelt during World War II. Nez Perce National Historical Park is spread over four states. Thirty-eight sites exist for the park, so travelers should check the National Park Service for more information.

The California National Historic Trail travels through ten states. In Idaho the trail runs through the southeastern corner of the state near Interstate 15. The Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail covers eleven states. It cuts through from east to west in the center of the top section of Idaho. Interstate 90 is the closest interstate. Covering seven states is the Oregon National Historic Trail. Interstate 84 is close to the trail's route in Idaho.

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