Hagerman is a magical place in Idaho that’s chock-full of recreation amenities, world-class food, the largest trout farms in the world, spectacular sight-seeing opportunities and comfortable lodging, just a few minutes off Interstate 84. It’s also a place with a business-friendly atmosphere where people can work hard during the day, and go fishing, boating or golfing in the evening…
The friendly community is home to Thousand Springs State Park, a five-unit park where people can go fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, horseback riding and sight-seeing next to a series of natural pure-water springs that flow from the tops of basalt cliffs into the Snake River below.
It’s also home to the Hagerman Horse, a zebra-like horse that resided in the Hagerman area beginning 3.5 million years ago when the climate was much more moist and swamp-like year-round. The Hagerman Horse became the state fossil in Idaho. You can learn more about the horse at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, where many fossils were excavated from the chalky bluffs near town, and the Hagerman Valley Museum.
Bring your fishing pole and tackle because the Hagerman trout ponds next to the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery are teaming with fish. Multiple docks and access points make it easy for kids and seniors to catch fish. You also can launch a boat and go fishing on the Snake River.
When you’re in the Hagerman area, you have to go swimming at Thousand Springs Resort, an indoor hot springs pool along the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway, or at recently remodeled Miracle Hot Springs and Banbury Hot Springs, where you can soak and camp overnight.
Cap off the day with a fabulous meal at the Snake River Grill, located on main street in Hagerman, known for its exotic fresh fish and wild game dinners. Check out the lodging options in Hagerman if you’d like to stay overnight.