There is a lot to experience along the Snake River. It is such a huge part of the state of Idaho and it is impossible to escape its influence, even in the metropolitan safety of the Treasure Valley. If you live in the Treasure Valley and get out into the area to check out the local sights, you have probably had the opportunity to check out the Snake River, and you might need a change of pace. If this is the case for you and you want to check out a new part of the famous river outside of your experience, my recommendation would be that you try out the Hagerman Valley, which is just a few miles to the northwest of Twin Falls, one of the most incredible points you can find on any journey down the entire length of the Snake River.
The variety of activities you can be a part of in the Hagerman Valley is pretty staggering. There are more relaxing things to do like lounging by the river and then if you are looking for an adrenaline rush, a whole new breed of white water rafting that you might not be fully prepared for. Let us start with some simple bird watching. The ideal plan of action is to pack a pair of binoculars packed away and a book on the many different species of bird that call Idaho home. The Hagerman Valley is an ideal spot for a lot of different kinds of wildlife to congregate at various times of the year and many of them can be especially dazzling. If you are especially interested in ducks and geese, the Hagerman Valley will hold tens of thousands of these waterfowl, depending on the season. You might even spot some flying Vs in the skies above you. There are also large numbers of more exotic birds like Bald Eagles and other kinds of raptors. Once you are in the valley you can pick up a map or two that will point out the best spots to find a particular kind of bird how you should go about observing them. Naturally, there are plenty of other kinds of animals in the area, so if you have had enough of the birds, turn your binoculars from the sky and the trees down to the ground and at the edges of the water.
One of the major activities you can get involved in when it comes to wildlife in the Hagerman Valley is fishing. Not every pond, lake, and stretch of river in the area is open to you and your fishing pole, but there are a number of spots set aside specifically for you to pull a fish or two out and have a nice dinner after a fun time casting, lounging while you wait for a bite, and then reeling in with a frenzy. The main kind of fish you are going to be catching is Rainbow Trout which is stocked up in a few different places.
If history is something you are interested in, the Hagerman Valley is probably just the place for you. If you have had enough of the world as it is and what to know a little more about the world as it was, there are a couple of points of interest that should excite you. First and most unique to the Hagerman Valley is the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. Several different kinds of animal have been dug out of the ground from the fossil beds in the area, but one particular animal is one of the oldest relatives of the modern day horse. The Hagerman Horse was dug up in 1928. If you like horses and want to know more about how it came to be that we have such a strange and useful animal on the planet with us, the Hagerman Valley is one of the best places to do that. You might even be able to find a company that will take you out horseback riding after you have learned more about prehistoric horses. Beyond the Hagerman Horse, there are a bunch of different cool fossils to check out and learn about, from ancient camels long extinct to sabretooth tigers.
I mentioned white water rafting, and there is definitely no shortage of that in the Hagerman Valley. If you want to feel pure excitement pumping through your veins as you paddle and paddle past rapids and through strong currents, you are in luck. There are a few different levels of difficulty when it comes to white water rafting, so if you are inexperienced in the sport you can start slow. And, if you are not so confident on a raft, you are definitely going to want to start slow. Whitewater rafting can be as dangerous as it is fun, and it is not something you want to jump into willy-nilly. It takes time to get the skill set to be safe and have fun at the same time and the Hagerman Valley is probably one of the best places to build up this confidence. If the rapids are too daunting, there are plenty of other kinds of boating in the area as well, from simple canoes and kayaks to the modern and beefy motorboats you can jet around in.
It is terribly difficult to be bored when you are in the Hagerman Valley. It is a natural wonder full of so many different fun things to do and you will not want to leave. Plan on making multiple visits which will be especially easy since Twin Falls and the Hagerman Valley are not very far from the Treasure Valley. Put something on your calendar today so you waste no time getting to one of the coolest places on the planet.