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Top 5 Idaho State Parks

Updated on January 25, 2010

Come enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Idaho's state parks.

As part of one’s Idaho tourism experience, be sure your itinerary includes time spent at some of Idaho’s 26 state parks. Situated in some of the state’s most scenic areas, the parks are known for splendid views and wide range of activities sure to delight everyone. No matter what time of year you are in Idaho, you will find the Idaho state parks to offer rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

You will find numerous campgrounds with full hook ups, secluded cabins, yurts and an assortment of amenities sure to please even the most inexperienced camper. There are acres of crystal clear lake and rivers with trout, bass, and numerous other fish species, miles of mountain trails that are sure to delight hikers and bikers for all skill levels and ability, rock climbing adventures, sand dunes, multiple locations for skiing year around and some even have ghost towns to be explored.

·Bruneau Dunes State Park-Located in Unico-Owyhee County, this is the site of the tallest sand dune in North America and towers an impressive 470-feet high above the desert. The beautifully rugged state park offers state park a variety of landscapes ranging from desert and dunes, to prairies and lake/marsh habitat. While there be sure to enjoy onsite activities like bird watching, hiking and viewing the stars at Idaho's only public observatory.

· Priest Lake- Just 30 miles south of the Canadian border and below the crest of the Selkirk Mountains is the 755 acre Priest Lake State Park. It offers a plethora of adventure oriented activities ranging from mountain hiking to cross country skiing, fishing and boating in an assortment of waterways, a wide range of water activities, and over 150 campsites. While there, don’t be surprised to see moose, bald eagles, black bear or white tailed deer—to name just a few of the park’s animal friends.

· Farragut State Park-The great outdoors at its best! Here you will find the expected activities like hiking, fishing and skiing along with 2 disc golf courses, the Museum at the Brig, a shooting range (summer 2010), horseback riding trails, and movies on the parks history and geology are shown at the Museum’s theatre. During the summer there are an assortment of classes and activities planned to add to one’s knowledge of the area. The park offers an assortment of campsites and cabins, so no matter your preference for adventure, you are sure to find it here.

· Three Island Crossing State Park- Part of this park’s history includes its acreage being used during the years when pioneers were travelling the Oregon Trail. You will learn about these brave pioneers as you enjoy activities like Oregon Trail History and Education Center, camping, hiking, fishing and other outdoor fun.

· Thousand Springs State Park- Whether it is bird watching on Ritter Island, hiking at Earl Hardy Box Canyon Spring Nature Preserve, horseback riding or fishing at Billingsley Creek, viewing the Devil’s Washbowl and other waterfalls, or simply relaxing as you fish at Crystal Springs lake this park is sure to offer something for everyone. It should be noted, that there are no onsite campgrounds, but there are several in the area.

Idaho has an abundance of fun and adventure awaiting you at is magnificent state parks. So grab a camera, load your backpack and put on your walking shoes (or riding boots) and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

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