Some of the most beautiful things in the world- what takes our breath away- are not made by human hand. The touch of mother nature truly creates the most inspiring landscapes. Whether it is the majestic mountains in the distance or the close inspection of a valley of wildflowers, nature initiates an awakening that has inspired artists for centuries. Many travelers have searched for the perfect landscape, the heart grabbing scenery that will capture them completely.
As time into the modern world progressed, however, the value on the fantastic artwork of mother nature has diminished. But all is not lost. In order to preserve these masterpieces, National Parks have been set in place to allow the enjoyment of nature to continue to the current and future generations.
In Idaho, there are several parks that are available for the public to enjoy.
Starting the innovative idea of national parks, Yellowstone was established in 1872 as the first national park in the world. Though Yellowstone has been a national park for less than 200 years, the human history of Yellowstone goes back for more than 11,000. Originally used as hunting grounds by Native Americans, park has benefited others in both practicality and beauty.
Today, Yellowstone ignites the imagination to its fullest capability. Most, if not all, people have imagined themselves in a science fiction movie where they get to travel to new places like the center of the earth, mysterious planets, and other places where no one has gone before. And why is this imagination so common? Because everyone yearns for adventure in their own way, and there is nothing like an exploration through the wonders that can be discovered and rediscovered at Yellowstone.
A trip to Yellowstoneincludes magnificent and powerful waterfalls, forceful and energetic geysers. That is only the beginning. There is nothing to compare looking at a colorful pool of water- worthy of a science fiction movie- with beautiful, breathtaking mountains in the distance.
Yellowstone is more than just an art piece by mother nature. It is a home to many species such as the Bull Elk, Gray Wolf, brown bear, and Great Bison. If you’re lucky, you might catch a sight of one of these powerful animals in the distance.
Craters of the Moon
A must see in Idaho, whether for your first time or your tenth time, Craters of the Moon has a unique view and several places for adventure. This 715,000 acre National Park is a great place to hike and enjoy the outdoors. There are trails, underground caves, tunnels, and amazing wildlife. This park has been admired by many for generations.
Established in 1924 by President Coolidge, Craters of the Moon is abounding in rustic beauty. This park has expanded through five presidential proclamations. The most recent and largest expansion occurred November 9, 2000 when President Clinton signed a Proclamation; the monument now contains miles of federal land.
True to it’s name, Craters of the Moon appears to be the service of the moon. Though being there unfortunately does not allow you to defy gravity, there is still excitement to be had. The most common attraction is the caves. Formed thousands of years ago by molten rock, these caves are a great place for exercise and adventure. Places like Big Cinder Butte, Devil’s Orchard, Inferno cone, Broken Top Cinder Cone, Buffalo Caves, and the Echo Crater can bring out an inner passion for nature in everyone.
Nez Perce National Historical Park
Sometimes the most adventurous places are left forgotten. Though not commonly known, the Nez Perce National Historical Park is not to be passed by. This park was dedicated to honor the history of the Nez Perce, originally known as Nimiipuu, Native Americans in Idaho. Before American settlers came to Idaho, the valleys, plateaus and prairies of this land was home to the Nez Perce for thousands of years. They roamed over the vast prairies and mountains in Idaho. The immensely beautiful canyons and rivers. Over the years this homeland turned into the modern Idaho that is known today. But the history is still there. The people can still be remembered if people take the time to learn about them.
This National Park is dedicated to telling the story of the Nez Perce people. Along with a visitors’ center to tell about the history of these people, there is a museum that has ancient original artifacts from the Nez Perce people. Here, they also share the culture of the people by telling of their ancient legends. For generations the art of storytelling has kept a culture alive.
Once you have an understanding of the Nez Perce people, their history, and their culture, there are several of intriguing sites to visit to put yourself in the place of an Nez Perce warrior. Over the whole park, there are 38 sites that are available to see by the public.
The Bear Paw Battlefield is a vast field at the base of the mountains. This land tells a story of a people who were of the final battle of the Nez Perce War of 1877. This is a land where the Nez Perce people made their final stand. Here, the famous Chief Joseph gave his final speech where he declared, “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”
Idaho’s National Parks not only protect the land but they also protect the heritage of the people who lived here long ago.