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Thousand Springs State Park

Box Canyon Springs
Box Canyon Springs
Courtesy David Hosmer

 

By photographer David Hosmer

It's 6:00 a.m. as I leave my driveway in Wilder. I have my camera, my maps, and my desire to see as much of south central Idaho as I can pack into one day. By 7:30 I've made a quick drive through the Malad River Gorge State Park. After an all too brief stop at this wondrous sight, I head up the road for my main destination: Box Canyon Springs State Park. After a short easy hike it opens up in front of you in all its splendor.

After following the trail down to the falls and back I decided to continue on to my next stop — just a short drive down the road to Niagara Springs State Park where families are fishing and picnicking by the crystal clear water. I am always in awe at the sight of the waters pouring from the sides of the canyon.

Niagara Springs
Niagara Springs
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My next stop was soon calling me to move on, so I packed up my gear and made the short drive to Ritter Island State Park. Ritter Island State Park is a place filled with history and beauty.

Ritter Island
Ritter Island
Courtesy David Hosmer

A great lunch in Hagerman and a couple more photo stops at Owsley Bridge to see nesting Osprey and the moon-like landscape of the Little Wood River near Gooding and I head for home. After a 365 mile roundtrip, four state parks, three rivers, white American Pelicans, nesting Osprey and one wonderful park ranger who gave me great advice for getting poison ivy resin off my tripod legs, I'd have to say we are blessed to live in this state.

Note: Once all separate state parks, those mentioned in this article are now units of a single park, Thousand Springs State Park.

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