Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring in Idaho Can Be The Best Time To Visit

Spring in Idaho Can Be The Best Time To Visit

Crowds are small, temperatures are mild, and wildflowers are starting to bloom. Spring is a great time to visit Idaho. It just so happens that National Park Week happens during Spring too! 

Check out these great events that will be taking place at one of Idaho's National Parks the Crater's of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Crater's of the Moon Spring Events

April 18-26 – National Park Week

The nation is buzzing about National Park Week, America’s largest celebration of national heritage, April 18-26. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea — the national parks! Free admission to all national parks April 18-19.

April 18 – Nature Journaling Workshop

Learn to create your own illustrated nature journals. Crater’s Artist-in-Residence, Poo Wright-Pulliam, will lead a workshop beginning with a 10 a.m. classroom session (1 hour) and ending with 2 hours of “journaling” in the field. Bring a notepad, color pencils and a lunch. Workshop will conclude at noon.  Meet at the visitor center. Call (208)527-1335 to make a reservation, workshop is limited to 20 people.

May 9 – Bird Walk

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, join avid birder, Poo Wright-Pulliam for a hike to view spring birds. Spring migration will be underway and a variety of our feathered friends should be on display including the beautiful Mountain Bluebird, Idaho’s state bird. Hike participants will meet at the Broken Top Loop Trailhead at 9 a.m. and the hike will be approximately 2 miles in length. The hike will conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m. Call (208)527-1335 to make a reservation, walk is limited to 20 people.

June 6 – Pioneers Bike Tour (5th annual)

Bring a mountain bike and join us for a tour of Goodales Cutoff…where the Pioneer Mountains meet the lava. This 22-mile ride covers relatively flat terrain along the old pioneer trail with part of the loop circling back on the highway. Mountain bikes are recommended due to soft sections of trail. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Ride is co-sponsored by the Pioneers Alliance. Call 208-726-7485 for reservations. Bring water and snacks and join us for lunch in Carey after the ride!

Begins June 13 – Ranger guided Walks and Talks

Climb a volcano, explore a lava tube or join us for an evening presentation in the campground. Walks and talks and Junior Ranger activities are offered daily throughout the summer. Look for a detailed schedule at http://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

June 12 & 13 – Star Party

Join experts from the Idaho Falls Astronomical Society and experience the universe under our naturally dark skies. Enjoy a presentation about the night sky and Craters of the Moon’s “unearthly” connections both nights in the campground amphitheater at 9:30 pm. Then head to the Caves Area parking lot for telescope viewing of the skies above. Call 208-527-1335 for more information.

June 13– Wildflower Walk

June is the peak of the wildflower season at Craters of the Moon. Join us on this guided 3-mile walk that will cover a variety of habitats and introduce participants to a number of plant species. Pack a lunch to be eaten in the field, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Meet at the Tree Molds parking lot at 10 a.m. Call (208)527-1335 to make a reservation. Walk is limited to 20 people.

June 19 & 20 – Nature Photography Workshop

The Craters of the Moon Natural History Association will be offering a photography workshop taught by photographer and retired park ranger, Douglass Owen.  You will learn photographic techniques and naturalist skills that will lead to greater success in nature photography.  Friday evening there will be classroom session from 5  to 8 p.m.  Saturday will be spent in the field shooting pictures.  Lunch will be provided on Saturday. Half of the registration fee ($25) will go to assist schools with travel expenses for field trips. Call 527-1360 to make a reservation, workshop is limited to 15 people.  Meet at the visitor center.

Plan a trip to enjoy one of these great events and book your stay at one of the small lodging options in the Eastern Region of Idaho.

This region also features some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spend Spring Break in Idaho

Friday marked the beginning of spring which means that it is time for Spring Break. If you haven't already made plans The Idaho Tourism Bureau, has seven trip tips for places you can take your family for spring break right here in Idaho.

1 - All of Idaho's state parks are open for day-use activities – hiking, fishing, picnicking, etc. – and Bruneau Dunes and Three Island Crossing state parks are already open for camping. $5.00/car entry fee. Camping fees vary depending on the site you choose.
2 - Visit Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park and see the Black Robes exhibit that was once on display at the Smithsonian Museum. And there are also a number of biking trails in the area.

3 - Twin Falls area – See Shoshone Falls, Thousand Springs State Park, zip the Snake, Hike Snake River Canyon trails, see BASE jumpers jump from the Perrine Bridge and visit the Hagerman Fossil Beds. There are also a few hot springs in the area.
4 - In eastern Idaho there are also some fun hot spring resorts: Lava Hot Springs has hot pools for soaking and swimming and zip-line tours that are family friendly, as well as convenient lodging.

5 - Sun Valley – spring skiing, bike trails, hiking trails and ice skating. Families can take a guided snowshoe hike with a Ranger (confirming weather conditions are still OK for the ranger hike).
6 - Day trip ideas include Bruneau Dunes State Park, Celebration Park, Givens Hot Springs, hikes in the Boise Foothills or up around Idaho City.
7 - The Treefort Music Fest is March 25-29, and it's going on in Boise. As part of the festival they will have Skatefort with a mix of skate and music events at Rhodes Skate Park from 1-5 p.m. March 28. New this year is Kid Fort, a creative collection of classes, performances and experiences designed for all those Treefort kiddos March 27--29.

These regions also feature some of the small lodging facilities that are part of the "Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association"