Regional Attractions
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone's West entrance is only about a 2.5 hour drive from Idaho Falls.

Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest national park in the world.
Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal wonders are evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes; its last eruption created a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the park.
An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet.
The human history of the park dates back 12,000 years. The events of the last 130 years of park history are reflected in the historic structures and sites associated with various periods of park administration and visitor facilities development.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is a Scenic 100 miles away. Established in 1929, Grand Teton National Park emerged from a complicated and controversial series of events. The park first consisted of the mountain range and several glacial lakes. Later the valley floor was protected as Jackson Hole National Monument. The two areas were combined in 1950.
Today the park encompasses nearly 310,000 acres and protects the Teton Range, Jackson Hole (mountain valley), a 50-mile portion of the Snake River, seven morainal lakes, over 100 backcountry and alpine lakes, and a wide range of wildlife and plant species.
The park is also rich in a cultural history that includes seven eras of human history: early peoples (paleo-indians), Native Americans (modern tribes), fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers/farmers, conservationists, and recreationalists. Climbing, hiking and backpacking, camping, fishing, wildlife and bird watching, horseback riding, boating on Jackson and Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake River, bicycling, and photography are all common activities in the area.
About 4 million visitors enjoy the park each year, most visit between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.

The Henry's Fork of the Snake River
The Henry's Fork of the Snake River, located in eastern Idaho, is one of the most famous trout streams in all of the United States. It's legendary hatches and abundant large wild rainbow trout make the Henry's Fork one of America's top fly-fishing destinations. The river flows for approximately 150 miles and within its journey passes some of the more classic dry fly water in the United States. Gentle flowing meadowland, pocket water, and spring creek like sections make up much of this legendary fishery made popular by Avril Harriman the railroad man. The Henry's Fork of the Snake is a spectacular river and fishery. Anglers come from all over the world to this river to fish its diverse and productive waters.
The South Fork of the Snake River  
The South Fork of the Snake is in southeastern Idaho close to the Wyoming border. The South Fork begins as it flows out of 20 mile long Palisades Reservoir in the community of Swan Valley, forming a 64-mile stretch of legendary tail-water fly-fishing. The South Fork is also a beautiful river for flat water rafting, canoeing and kayaking. If you float this river in a canoe know what you are doing as it is big water and its flat-water appearance can fool you to its dangers.
Greater Yellowstone Region Wildlife
Nowhere else in the United States, including Alaska, can the casual visitor observe such a striking diversity of "charismatic mega-fauna" (the large mammals) that abound in this region, Bald eagles, golden eagles, black bear, the elusive cougar, the wolverine, the pine marten and the gray wolf. Jackson Hole and Yellowstone are home to that most formidable icon of wildness, the grizzly bear. The region also hosts the largest herds of elk in North America and is one of the few remaining areas in the lower 48 states where the grizzly bear still roams in significant numbers, and is home to the largest free-ranging herd of bison in the lower 48 states.
Pinecrest Grove Golf Course  
  This traditional course features tree-lined fairways and a canal coming into play on a few holes. The greens are small and slightly sloped, plus some sand bunkers protect the fairways and greens. "Golf Digest" rated this course 4th "Best Public Course" in the state for 1996. The ladies' par is actually 77.
Yellowstone Bear World

About 20 miles north of Idaho Falls is Yellowstone Bear World a drive through wild animal park that provides the opportunity to view wolves, Bison, Elk, Deer and bear up close form the safety of your car.

At Yellowstone Bear World, you'll be taken back in time to an era when the black and grizzly bears wandered along the roadsides of Yellowstone Park. Include Yellowstone Bear World in your summer travel plans,

Idaho Falls Symphony
The Idaho Falls Symphony is a member of the
American Symphony Orchestra League.
498 A St. Idaho Falls, ID 83402. Phone:(208)529-1080
Mountain River Ranch
If a western experience is in your vacation plans this year, you must visit Mountain River Ranch, Eastern Idaho's authentic link to the old west. Nestled on the banks of the Snake River, Mountain River Ranch features the Meadow Muffin Dinner Theatre.  Summer or Winter, Mountain River Ranch is the place for great food, fun and hospitality.
Museum of Idaho
This local museum is completing an extensive expansion courtesy of a $3 million gift from the Carr Foundation. With more than double its former space, the museum plans to bring in major traveling exhibitions. But the permanent collection is a good one, too, including a basement streetscape of old Eagle Rock (Idaho Falls' original name) and the reconstructed, wonderfully cluttered parlor of Fred Keefer, a colorful local character who died in 1987 at age 96.
Tautphaus Park Zoo
Lovely landscaping and a small yet varied collection of animals make Tautphaus Park Zoo a pleasant place to spend an hour or two. Highlights include kangaroos in an excellent Australian habitat, otters, penguins, and a duck pond where kids (and adults) can feed the assembled flocks. The zoo is located in one of Idaho Falls' largest parks, and a small amusement park nearby is open in the warmer months.

 

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