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Niagara Springs - Thousand Springs State Park, Idaho

Photo by Keith Kapple

   Idaho's I-84 corridor in the south-central part of the state is often referred to as the Magic Valley or the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway. Over the years sections of Hagerman Valley have been acquired and gathered under the name of Thousand Springs State Park. Now designated as units, Malad Gorge, Billingsley Creek, Box Canyon, and Niagara Springs all fall under the Thousand Springs name, while each offer their own unique features.
   Billingsley Creek is a day-use unit, an area that was once known as Emerald Valley Ranch. This property features an indoor horse-riding arena. Outdoor recreation includes fishing and wildlife viewing.
     Springs along this section of the Snake River maintain a constant temperature. The clear, 59 degree water is perfect for raising trout, and the hatcheries in Magic Valley raise nearly 400,000 pounds of steelheads each year.
   The Malad Gorge offers spectacular views of a remarkable side canyon and a spinning caldron called the Devil's Washbowl. A footbridge that spans the gorge offers bird's eye views of a 250 foot deep canyon. Downstream a few miles, the Malad River joins the Snake River.
   In the Niagara Springs Area, visitors may drive into the impressive canyon, and marvel at the sight of Niagara Springs as it pours from the canyon wall and cascades into the canyon below. Amazingly, 220 cubic feet of water rushes from the aquifer every second.

     Thousand Springs Byway Map

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