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Hagerman Valley Hiking

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Multi-use (hike, mountain bike, or horse) trails can be found within Hagerman.

The Fossil Beds National Monument, Malad Gorge State Park, and Box Canyon State Park are just a few options. There are also some great dirt bike, and ATV opportunities on the west side of the Snake River.

Thousand Springs State Park has several units to explore: Malad Gorge, Kelton Trail, Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve, Billingsley Creek, Ritter Island, Crystal Springs and Niagara Springs. These incredible scenic areas are all within a short driving distance of each other and all have amazing Hiking opportunities.

Malad Gorge State Park

Park fees
$5 entrance fee per vehicle
Free with your $10 Idaho State Parks Passport!

Acreage
About 2000 in nine units

Elevation
2,800

Open/hours
Welcome kiosk at Malad Gorge (exit 147 from I-84) open 7 days a week
7:30am to 4 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day
Year-round on weekends 7:30 am to 4 pm

Malad Gorge and Kelton Trail

Short paved trails from the Malad Gorge overlook provide views of Malad Gorge, plus there’s a driving tour. On the north side of I-84, visitors can see old Oregon Trail wagon ruts and stream crossings used by emigrants in the 1840s-1860s. See Malad Gorge map. See Kelton Trail map.

Ritter Island

Go hiking on a 2-mile loop around Ritter Island or hike the Bonnieview Trail for 1.5 miles (3 miles round-trip) along the Snake River. Rated easy. Here’s a trail map for both trails.

Hagerman Fossil Beds

The monument has several hiking trails to explore in the area where archaeologists excavated the largest concentration of fossils from the Hagerman Horse many years ago. Hike along the old Oregon Trail in the monument or hike to an overlook of the Snake River. Rated easy. Contact the park for more information. Spring and fall are the best times to hike in the park, when the temperatures are cooler.

Earl M Hardy Box Canyon Springs

Visit the 11th largest natural spring in North America in this 350-acre unit of Thousand Springs State Park. Hike overland along the rim of Box Canyon, see a 20-foot waterfall, and then take a foot trail down into the springs. Rated easy to intermediate. Poison ivy and stinging nettles are present in the canyon, so dress appropriately. About 6 miles of trails and roads traverse Box Canyon, leading down to the Snake River where the springs empties into river.

Hagerman Wildlife Management Area

Check out the fishing and birding trails at the Hagerman WMA next to the Hagerman State Fish Hatchery. There’s an underwater fish-viewing area for kids. Multiple trails provide access to several fishing ponds in the area, plus there are thousands of waterfowl (30,000-40,000 ducks) and birds of prey that visit the area in the winter and spring.