Southeast Idaho Cities Welcome You!
Willow Bay provides a great place for summer recreation with a marina, cafe, store and RV campgrounds with hookups. West of American Falls is Massacre Rocks State Park. Oregon Trail ruts can be seen as well as an exhibit at the Visitor’s Center telling the story of three emigrant wagon trains that were ambushed by American Indians in 1862. Hence the area came to be called “Massacre Rocks”. The park staff puts on evening campfire programs nightly during the summer months. Call (208) 226-2569.
Blackfoot is the county seat of Bingham County and prides itself on it’s friendly and outgoing residents. Blackfoot’s popular Jensen’s Grove where you can also enjoy water skiing, bike trails, swimming and family picnics. Home of the Idaho Potato Museum. Major community events include Pride Day activities in June and the Eastern Idaho State Fair and parade starting Labor Day weekend. Contact the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at (208) 785-0510.
Downey, once the most thriving town in Idaho, is recognized for it’s contributions to the first stagecoach station in Southeast Idaho, as well as the first route of the Pony Express in Idaho. We wish a warm welcome to all who care to venture out to try our seasonal natural hot water swimming complex and camping facilities at Downata Hot Springs. Visit Red Rock Pass, carved by millions of acre feet of water from Lake Bonneville Flood 17,000 years ago. Call (208) 897-5342.
Located north of Pocatello off Highway 91, the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, is home of the Shoshone Bannock tribes. These people are proud of their strong heritage. The tribes celebrate the Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival and Rodeo in mid-August. Fort Hall also features Indian arts and crafts and a museum of American Indian artifacts. Try your luck at the Fort Hall Casino and Bingo Hall just off I-15 exit 80 at Fort Hall. Contact (800) 806-9229.
The city of Grace is snuggled in a beautiful valley located in southeastern Idaho just thirty miles from an I-15 and one hours travel Pocatello, Idaho and Logan, Utah. Grace has a population of approximately 1100 people and in general, life is not as hectic as it is in the more urban areas. Each year Grace hosts the Caribou County Fair and Rodeo the first week of August. Visit Niter Ice Cave, Black Canyon, and the Last Chance Canal Company’s 100 year old Log Dam.
Indian tribes discovered these natural hot springs centuries before the rest of the world. Geologist believe the site has produced the same 110º odor free sulfur free water for 50 million years. Now the hot mineral pools are open all year and Olympic-size swimming complex is open in the warm months. The swimming complex includes two water slides and an Olympic diving tower. Experience the adventure of tubing down the Portneuf River or browse our shops. Contact us at (208) 776-5221 or (800) 423-8597
Malad City is a very convenient stop for tourists. The museum, the Iron Door Playhouse and Malad City storefront swimming pool make this a lively and intriguing downtown. But Oneida County it hides it best quality from I-15 travelers…8 beautiful reservoirs stocked with fish! They are all within 5 to 45 minutes of I-15. Devils Creek Reservoir along I-15 is stocked annually with rainbow and cutthroat trout. Stop at the Cherry Creek Visitor Center six miles south of Malad. Call (208) 766-4788 for information.
National Oregon/California Trail Center is at the junction of U.S. 89 and 30 located on the Clover Creek Encampment of the Oregon Trail in Montpelier. It depicts the journey of the Oregon Trail in daily Living History Tours. A Wagon Master guides visitors through the interactive tour that includes a ride in a simulated covered wagon ride generated by advanced computer technology. The Rails and Trails Museum within the Trail Center displays relics of the pioneers of Bear Lake Valley. Call (208) 847-0824.
The transcontinental railroad created a mix of cultures which is reflected in the architecture of Old Town and menus of the restaurants. Pocatello works hard and plays hard year around. Two golf courses, a zoo, several large municipal parks, and nearby lakes provide summer fun while snowmobiling, downhill and cross country skiing are winter pastimes. Plays, concerts, lectures and exhibits fill every season so be sure to call for a list. Pocatello Convention & Visitors Center (877) 922-7659.
Discover where pioneer history bean at Idaho’s oldest white settlement, Franklin, just over the Utah border on Hwy 91. Visit state owned Pioneer Relic Hall, Hatch Home, and the old City Hall. Then drive north to Preston and visit the oldest Mormon Academy building that has just been moved. Just north of town, see the site of possibly the bloodiest encounter between the soldiers and the American Indians, The Bear River Massacre, in 1862 where 240 to 400 Shoshone Indians were killed. Call (208) 852-2703 for more information.
Oasis for Historic Tours and recreational adventure! We have four city parks with covered pavilions, two golf courses, two mile greenway for summer fun. In the winter use our base camp for famous 55 mile Highline Recreation Trail, groomed snowmobile trails in and outside town, groomed cross country ski area. Pick up the self guided tour brochures for ten historic buildings, fourteen documented Oregon Trail sites, historic tours of trains, dams and mining that built the town, plus 3 natural springs. (208) 547-2600.
Other towns in our area are McCammon, Arimo, Clifton, Dayton, Oxford, Swan Lake, Virginia, Mink Creek, Cub River, Whitney, Inkom, Weston, Fish Haven, Saint Charles, Bloomington, Paris, Ovid, Sharon, Georgetown, Niter, Thatcher, Cleveland, Woodruff, Daniels, Lund, Henry, Hatch, Robin, Crystal, Tyhee, Chubbuck, Rockland, Aberdeen, Sterling, Springfield, Pingree, Rockford, Firth, and Shelley.