Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hagerman Fossil Days 2013

Hagerman Fossil Days 2013 was canceled

Did you know that one of the earliest horses lived in North America?  Equus Simplicidens, also known as the Hagerman Horse, is Idaho’s state fossil. She was also the first true horse. It was about the size of a modern Arabian horse. However, its bones most closely resembled those of a zebra.

Hagerman is home to over two hundred different species of fossil plants and animals. And, if you come out over memorial day weekend, May 25 - 27, you can experience all this fascinating history, plus tons of other fun diversions!

The list of fossilized creatures from this area includes Sabertooth Cat, a Hyena-like dog, Peccary, Mastodon, Otter, Bear, Shrew, Camel, and Ground Sloth and more. With over 3,000 new fossil fragments found each year, it is one of the most fossiliferous Pliocene-aged sites in the world. The monument also includes a portion of the Oregon Trail.

The Hagerman Fossil Beds Visitor Center

Hagerman Fossil Days Events

  • A carnival Friday night with live music

  • Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday

  • The carnival continues on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.

  • Parade winners announced at the carnival at 12:30 p.m.

  • National Park Service (NPS) lab tours (various times on Saturday)

  • Live music all afternoon on Saturday

  • Sunday tours of the NPS labs continue

Location and Lodging

Events take place at the Hagerman City Park and State park. Peruse our list of Southern Central Idaho B&B‘s to find the right one for your trip.

Visited the Hagerman State Park?

We would love to hear about your prior trips to the park. If you have attended Fossil Days, was there a particular event you especially enjoyed?

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Challis Mountain Lilac Festival

The Challis Mountain Lilac Festival began as an opportunity to share the magical effect that spring lilacs have on the adorable mountain town of Challis. This is a beautiful time of year, breezes scented by endless lilacs roll over the countryside and perfume the air. The festival also strives to promote family oriented community involvement for the benefit of area residents. Throughout the festival local businesses, organizations and residents will welcome visitors and encourage them to explore the historical heritage of Challis, the ranching and mining industries of Custer County, the Salmon River corridor and the Frank Church Wilderness Area. This festival takes place May 24 through June 21. Here are some events taking place in conjunction with the festival:

Challis Lilac Festival Events

North Custer Historical Museum Opening: May 24th - 26th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is the annual opening for the summer. There will be new displays of local history and artifacts from the local area, including Native American and some prehistoric items. A great way to learn more about the heritage of Challis and its local residents.

Show and Shine Car Show: May 31, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. At the Y Intersection in Challis - Many locals and out-of-towners bring their antique cars for this gathering! Stop by and enjoy the beautiful cars and relax in the park enjoying the sunshine.

Madsen Memorial Roping Contest at Challis Rodeo Grounds: May 31 - June 1

 Land of Yankee Fork, Idaho State Park. photo courtesy of Idaho Parks & Recreation.

Veterans Custer County Memorial: June 7th. A Military Tribute at Land of Yankee Fork State Park. This day is a celebration honoring Custer County Veterans! It is also the Centennial Celebration of the Salmon Challis National Forest.

Salmon Challis National Forest Lilac Arts Festival: June 14 & 15, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Lilac Arts Fest at the Land of Yankee Fork State Park, off of Highway 93. The Lilac Arts Fest will feature fine Arts and Crafts by local and regional artisans and craftsman, and of course live music!

Round Valley Horse Show: June 21, Saturday: at Challis Rodeo Grounds.

10th Annual Mario D'Orazio Scholarship Golf Tournament: June 21, 10 a.m.

Central Idaho Lodging

Wherever your travels in the great state of Idaho bring you, make sure to check out our member bed and breakfasts as a great option for comfortable, clean and trustworthy accommodations.

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