Idaho Adventure: Thousand Springs State Park

Waterfall near Ritter Island, KBOI Staff Photo

In this week’s Idaho Adventure – we are exploring an Idaho State Park near the Hagerman Valley.

It’s a state park you've likely driven over a dozen times and didn't even realize it was there.

"Thousand Springs State Park is kind of a hidden jewel in everybody's backyard from Boise to twin falls, Buhl to Gooding," said Dave Landrum, Park Manager.

Malad Gorge State Park is just one of eight parks that make up Thousand Springs State Park.

This adventure runs right under Interstate 84 between Bliss and Tuttle.

"A lot of people drive across the bridge heading to Boise and don't even know what that crack in the ground has to offer, ya know, you get out in your own backyard and it's amazing what you can find," said Landrum.

"I read about it in a traveler guide and when we crossed the bridge we're like, we gotta stop," said Karen Johnson, Visitor.

"It gives you a good reason to get off the interstate to see something like this," said John Johnson, Visitor.

Of the eight parks, Malad Gorge and Ritter Island are the most well-known.

Ritter Island sits 11 miles south of the Gorge, it has natural springs that burst out of canyon walls surrounding it, making it very picturesque.

Landrum says, "There's kayaking around the island, bird watching, photography, a lot of different artists come in too."

The park also includes places like Niagara Springs and Box Canyon.

"There's people that come from around the world just to see these springs where there's people that live up in possible Wendell that have never even been to them," said Landrum.

"I saw it once on television, on Outdoor Idaho, and just knew I had to see it...I really think you could go up to that hill and just stick your hand in or a shovel and water would just come bursting out at you," said Pat Morrell, Park Visitor.

A sight that you need to experience firsthand.

Morrell says, "Living color, the sound, it's just not the same as something on TV where I'm able to be here, (that means you have to come out and see it for yourself) right!"

Annual state park passes can be purchased for just $10 at your local DMV Office.

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