Idaho is a mountainous and majestic state, and planning a vacation through the southern part rates right up there with the best vacations you can imagine. You’ll definitely want to see Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve while you are here, but you’ll be seeing a lot more than just that. As we always say, getting there is more than half the fun.
Start in Boise, Idaho, and allow a day or two to enjoy this lovely city. Locals say boredom is not an option in Boise, and once here you’ll see why. Green paths and trails into the foothills beckon you out into the landscapes. There are places to escape and find a bit of isolation and peace. You’ll be taking Interstate 84 South to begin, stopping along the way at points of interest. Lucky Peak State Park is one of those points. You will love the lake, and there is a full service marina if you wish to go boating.
Mountain Home is your next stop, with waterways for boating and fishing. You’ll find RV camping at Mountain Home RV Park which will make a great home base while you explore the area. As you move on, you will find a center where you can absorb some history of the pioneer travelers who first ventured here at Three Island Crossing State Park on the Snake River.
The best place for hiking is at Malad Gorge State Park, and another stop worth the time is Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, with its gorgeous shoreline around Lake Walcott. At Lake Walcott State Park, within the refuge itself, you’ll find places to picnic, hike and fish. Wildlife watching here is also tops!
Now you will reach the Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve and are in for a treat with so much to see of this volcanic wonderland. According to historic research, eight different volcanic eruptions formed this land. The best place to stop first is the Visitor Center so you can plan your itinerary through the park.
Because hiking trails are so abundant, you simply must get out there with good shoes and trek the landscape. There is a long list of trails in the park. If you want to enter a cave you find along the way, realize you’ll need a permit. You may also want to drive the scenic loop and just relax in your own vehicle. No matter how you wish to conduct your visit, you are sure to have a good time.
The Shoshone and Bannock Indian tribes make their home nearby. You can stop at Fort Hall Indian Reservation to learn a lot more about their history. In Blackfoot, Idaho, you will find a number of attractions that may interest you before continuing on your RV journey. Then finally you are at the end of your trip when you reach Idaho Falls. Here you can engage in any number of outdoor activities, or enjoy museums, operas or theater.
Now you are ready to head home, but not before promising yourself and your family that you’ll be back again to travel the highways of beautiful Idaho.