Idaho Travels & Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

We’ve wandered into Idaho as we make our way west. We did visit this state last year, but in a different part. This time around we have a lot more viewing opportunities of the Snake River. If I was going to give out awards, the Snake River would win most beautiful river in America. The color of the water is a deep aquamarine and the canyon land is lush and rugged. It’s absolutely stunning.

The bridge below goes over the Snake River in Twin Falls and is near the spot where Evel Knievel attempted to jump the river in a rocket back in 1974.

We’ve been finding lots of random and interesting sites to see in Idaho. We’ve also endured some serious winds and chilly weather but the fall leaves are beautiful and it’s a new part of the country for us.

Today we visited the Idaho State Historic Museum in Boise and learned a lot about the history of the state. Always enjoying random oddities, I sought out the two-headed calf in the museum which has become the unofficial museum mascot.

We also visited Hagerman, Idaho to check out the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. This turned out to be a complete bust. We drove across the monument land and we couldn’t find the visitor center. Finally, after some more research, we learned the visitor center isn’t part of the monument park, but it’s actually back in the town of Hagerman. We pointed ourselves there and found the visitor center only to learn they are closed on Tuesday and Wednesdays (Argh, it’s Wednesday!). Since we drove across the monument land twice and saw the outside of the visitor center, I think that’s fine for crossing it off our list even though we never saw any of the Hagerman horse fossils.

Above is a shot of the Boise public library. I love the enthusiasm. Below is part of a mural in Hagerman. It’s as close as we got to seeing the world famous horse fossils.

Tomorrow we’ll be moving on into Oregon to see what we can find there. We’re looking forward to checking it all out.

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2 Responses to Idaho Travels & Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

  1. Tricia says:

    Safe travels into Oregon – welcome to the rain. :) Let us know if you travel near Portland.

  2. Kate says:

    It’s not the rain that’s a problem, it’s the intense wind. It took our door as we opened it this morning and pulled it out of its hinge. Now it opens and closes funny. Argh, another thing added to the list of eventual repairs.

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