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Idaho Adventure: Celebration Park
MELBA, Idaho (KBOI) —
It's Idaho’s only Archaeological Park, nestled along the Snake River near Melba, making Celebration Park a beautiful setting to explore Idaho’s Natural History,
"Human history in this area extends back to about 12,000 years, it was used as a wintering ground for the people that were the ancestors of the tribes in this area, primarily the Shoshone-Bannock and Shoshone-Paiute," said Juli McCoy, Programs Manager for Canyon County Parks Cultural and Natural Resources.
It's rich in Native American history, all captured in stone. Thousands of petroglyphs are located throughout the park.
"They used a quartzite stone and they would peck with the stone away, quartzite is harder than basalt so as you peck at it that's going to break down the basalt and create the Petroglyph," said McCoy.
"They have this saying that your opinion of the Petroglyphs is probably just as valid as the historians because no one really knows, so it's fun to come and make up what you think everything means," said Madeline Bracken, Park Visitor.
Madeline has been exploring the park ever since she was a little girl, she says, "We have a tradition where we bike here from Boise and I've always really liked it, it's very peaceful, it's very nice."
Now, she’s carrying on the tradition with her family.
"We love camping here, we love swimming here, when we were younger I used to swim in the Snake River and now, yesterday, my daughter was just diving in as well so she also loves to swim here," said Bracken.
There's something for everyone at the park from hiking and swimming, to ancient weapons training and exploring the Museum at Celebration Park.
The park was established in 1989 and it's estimated that there are about 5,000 petroglyph elements in the park.
More information can be found by visiting their website here.