Thursday, July 28, 2016

Idaho Is Called The Gem State for a Reason

Idaho isn't just referred to the Gem state because of its beautiful scenery. It is referred to as that because you can find actual gems! 

Outdoor Idaho shows you just what kind of gems can be found here in Idaho. Happy hunting! 



Here are some resources to go on your own rockhounding trip:

Emerald Creek Star Garnet:


Location: From Highway 3, turn on Road 447, just north of Clarkia. Follow signs to Emerald Creek. The parking lot is a half mile walk from the dig site, though you can open the gate and drive up for handicap accessibility.
Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm Friday-Tuesday. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Season: Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12; Cash or check only

Clarkia Fossil Bowl:

Location: 52540 Highway 3, Clarkia, Idaho
Hours: Varies; Contact owner Kenneth Kienbaum at 208-245-3608 to set up a time
Cost: $10 per person; Cash only

Spencer Opal Mines:

Location: 27 Opal Way, Spencer, Idaho
Hours: Varies by season, but usually 9 to 5 for digging; closed on Wednesday. Hours are seasonal; Open April through November. Call ahead to make sure:
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children 4-12 years old

Graveyard Pointe Plume Agate:

Location: Find directions in Garret Romaine’s “Rockhounding Idaho” or by calling your local gem and rock club.
Hours: n/a
Cost: No cost, though make sure to check with the Bureau of Land Management to avoid wandering onto someone’s mining claim.

Resources:

“Rockhounding Idaho” by Garret Romaine. Available at most local bookstores or online.
Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. Free admission, regular field trips, and workshops for kids.
Owyhee Gem and Mineral Society. Monthly meetings, regular field trips. Located in Caldwell.
Idaho Gem Club. Monthly meetings, regular field trips. Located in Boise.

"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the map below to plan your next visit!



Monday, July 25, 2016

Adventure Idaho Journeys' to Idaho's Middle Earth

Join Outdoor Idaho on another episode of Adventure Idaho as they explore the caverns here in Idaho.
“To crawl, rappel, and climb underground is an experience like nothing you can imagine until you've done it. It tests your fear of the dark,” says producer Sauni Symonds. “It was a challenge not only for our camera gear, but our crew as well.” Join OUTDOOR IDAHO as we journey to Idaho's Middle Earth.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Surrounded By The Teton Mountain Range is Southeastern Idaho

Southeastern Idaho is home to rugged lava rocks, Oregon Trail history, and natural water parks. The famed Wyoming “Teton” mountain range rings this region. Some of the oldest settlements in the state can be found here. You will see many long A-frame potato sheds, as this part of the state is known as the number one potato producing area. Check out Idaho’s state parks: “Massacre Rocks,” and “Castle Rocks.” 



Find a place to stay while you spend your days exploring:

blackswaninn.com - 208-233-3051 - Pocatello, Idaho

largillierecarriagehouse.com - 208-547-3663 - Soda Springs, Idaho

lavahotspringsinn.com - 208-776-5830 - Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

lionsgatemanor.com - 208-776-5118 - Lava Hot Springs, Idaho


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Your Chance to Visit Two of America's National Parks Visit Eastern Idaho

Eastern Idaho is the western gateway to two of America’s most beautiful national parks: Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons and the popular route to the town of Jackson Hole. You will find the St. Anthony Sand Dunes are among the highest in the United States. 



Choose one of these as your basecamp for your National Park visits:

destinationsinn.com - 208-528-8444 - Idaho Falls, Idaho

dreamcatcherbedbreakfast.com - 208-201-3691 - Victor, Idaho

rachel@finandfeatherinn.com - 208-787-1007 - Victor, Idaho

thefoxcreekinn.com - 208-604-0831 - Victor, Idaho

kasperskountrysideinn.com - 208-787-2726 - Victor, Idaho



julieannemorley.com - 208-354-1554 - Victor, Idaho

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Geology of South Central Idaho Will Keep You Mystified

South Central Idaho features towering rocks, plunging waterfalls, ancient fossils, and scenic byways. It grows the bulk of the states’ produce and provides a large quantity of the states’ dairies. Various reservoirs and lakes provide crystal clear waterfalls, fly-fishing, and wind surfing.




Here are a couple of options for places to stay while you go fossil hunting!

bluelakesinn.com - 208-933-2123 - Twin Falls, Idaho


goodinghotelbandb.com - 208-934-4374 - Gooding, Idaho


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Monday, July 11, 2016

Idaho's Central Region Has No Shortage of Rivers Running Through It


Idaho High Country in Idaho's Central Region has endless rivers and mountain ranges to climb, bike, hike, or raft. 

Back packing, sleigh rides, horseback riding, mountain climbing, Alpine skiing and white water thrill rides abound. Then, take time to relax in the Hot Springs and soothe those tired muscles.




greyhouseinn.com - 208-756-3968 - Salmon, Idaho

flipkey.com - 208-554-3343 - Moore, Idaho

theprairieinn.com - 208-764-2247 - Fairfield, Idaho

syringalodge.com - 208-756-4424 - Salmon, Idaho

ellsworthestate.com - 208-788-6354 - Hailey, Idaho

thewatermarkinn.com - 208-879-5084 - Challis, Idaho


farmstayus.com - 208-716-0776 - Mackay, Idaho



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Friday, July 8, 2016

Take a Scenic Drive in Southwestern Idaho

Southwestern Idaho offers forested mountain peak, high desert plains, and sun-drenched valleys. This region houses 10 of the state's largest cities and is home to a number of fine wineries and vineyards. 



Find a place to rest your weary head after a long day of exploring! 

frozendogdigs.com - 208-365-7372 - Emmett, Idaho

thehartlandinn.com - 208-347-2114 - New Meadows, Idaho

owyheebandb.com - 208-908-2615 - Bruneau, Idaho


wildsidebb.com - 208-462-2734 - Garden Valley, Idaho


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Find Adventure in North Central Idaho

Thrill seekers will love North Central Idaho. Winding rivers, deep canyon gorges, backpacking, jet boating, white-water rafting, wildlife centers, it's all here. Your adventure is waiting!




Find your next adrenaline rush and stay at one of these fabulous lodging options:


browneblockguesthouse.com - 208-883-3661 - Moscow, Idaho


dogbarkparkinn.com - 208-962-3647 - Cottonwood, Idaho


hearthstone-lodge.com - 208-935-2322 - Kamiah, Idaho


thehighcountryinn.com - 208-476-7570 - Ahsahka, Idaho


innatstgertrude.com - 208-451-4321 - Cottonwood, Idaho

airbnb.com - 208-875-0688 - Potlach, Idaho

petersonbarn.com - 208-882-4620 - Moscow, Idaho

reflectionsinn.com - 208-926-0855 - Kooskia, Idaho

riverdancelodge.com - 208-765-0841 - Kooskia, Idaho

whitebirdsummitlodge.com - 208-983-1802 - White Bird, Idaho


wylielauderhouse.blogspot.com - 208-883-5593 - Moscow, Idaho



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Friday, July 1, 2016

Come Play in the Idaho Panhandle

When you vacation do you like to be as close to nature as possible? Then you need to plan your next outdoor adventure in the Idaho Panhandle. Visit at any time of the year as this region truly has four distinct seasons. Lush forests, gleaming lakes, and wildlife surround unforgettable cities and towns. 



Here are some of the great lodging options you can choose from:


americancountrybedandbreakfast.com - 208-651-2191 - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho



cedarmountainfarm.com - 208-683-0572 - Athol, Idaho


315martinisandtapas.com - 208-667-9660 - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


huckleberryhillbandb.com - 208-920-3357 - Sandpoint, Idaho


huckleberrytentandbreakfast.com - 208-266-0155 - Clark Fork, Idaho


idahomebnb.com - 208-773-6169 - Post Falls, Idaho


logspirit.com - 208-683-4722 - Athol, Idaho


mcfarlandinn.com - 208-667-1232 - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


northsideschoolbandb.com - 208-267-1826 - Bonners Ferry, Idaho


therivercove.com - 208-773-9190 - Post Falls, Idaho


therooseveltinn.com - 208-765-5200 - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


vrbo.com - 208-263-7117 - Sagle, Idaho


- 208-818-3032 - Wallace, Idaho


sleepscabins.com - 208-255-2122 - Sagle, Idaho


stjoeriverbb.com - 208-245-8687 - St. Maries, Idaho


sweetmagnoliabandb.com - 208-263-2425 - Sandpoint, Idaho


talusrockretreat.com - 208-255-8458 - Sandpoint, Idaho



westernpleasureranch.com - 208-263-9066 - Sandpoint, Idaho


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