From county fairs to national forests, South Central Idaho is filled with intriguing attractions and stunning destinations.
Golf lovers can try numerous courses displaying the region’s rugged beauty, including Burley Municipal Golf Course and Canyon Springs Golf Course. If you feel the need for speed, watch a race at the NASCAR-sanctioned Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls.
Outdoors adventurers will appreciate the hiking, biking, snowboarding, skiing and boating in the more than two million acres of the Sawtooth National Forest. Hike the lava fields of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Arco, or climb the rocks of City of Rocks National Reserve in Almo. You can also explore Shoshone Falls Park on the Snake River near Twin Falls.
Arts and sciences are on display in The Herrett Center for Arts & Science in Twin Falls, while a bit of modern history in the form of the Evel Knievel Jump Site is also open to the public.
For a bit of family fun, attend a county fair or annual event. The Jerome County Fair, Arco Atomic Days, Harvest Time Festival in Twin Falls and the Magic Valley Beer Festival are among the most popular events in the region.
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Arco, ID
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Outdoors enthusiasts will appreciate South Central Idaho's array of national parks, forests and preserves. Sawtooth National Forest covers more than two million acres and offers skiing, snowboarding, boating and hiking trails. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Arco allows hikers to walk lava fields and through caves and caverns. The City of Rocks National Reserve in Almo is a popular destination for climbers and explorers who love intriguing rock formations.
South Central ski and snowboarding resorts benefit from their proximity to the vast and scenic Sawtooth National Forest. Magic Mountain Resort in Twin Falls is one of them. It features 120 skiable acres and there are 11 snowy trails. In Albion, the Pomerelle Mountain Resort, also set amid the Sawtooth National Forest, is a great choice, particularly if you are traveling with children or people who are just learning how to ski or snowboard.
Golf lovers hoping to get in 18 holes have numerous course options in South Central Idaho. For example, Burley Municipal Golf Course has you putting along the banks of the Snake River, while Rupert Country Club starts with a tree-land style course and ends with an open-style back nine. If travel takes you to Twin Falls, Canyon Springs Golf Course offers the beauty of Snake River Canyon, with views as spectacular as the golf.
One of the best ways to enjoy South Central Idaho is to attend one of their many events and festivals. From the annual Magic Valley Beer Festival in Twin Falls to their Harvest Time Festival and the annual Atomic Days weekend in Arco, you will get a true sense of community, the area’s heritage and some terrific fare and craft libations.