Thousand Springs State Park
|Thousand Springs State Park|
|Idaho State Park|
|- elevation||2,800 ft (853 m)|
|Area||1,500 acres (607 ha)|
|Management||Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation|
|IUCN category||V - Protected Landscape/Seascape|
Thousand Springs State Park is a state park of Idaho, USA, comprising 5 units in the Hagerman Valley. In 2005 as part of a master planning process, it was decided to combine 4 existing state parks under a single new entity. A fifth unit has since been added. The units as they currently stand are Billingsley Creek, Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve, Malad Gorge, Niagara Springs, and Ritter Island.
Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve
This 350-acre (140 ha) box canyon has 250-foot-high (76 m) walls. At its head is the eleventh-largest spring in North America, gushing 180,000 US gallons (680,000 L) per minute. There is a 20-foot (6.1 m) waterfall. This 350-acre (140 ha) property is in development and is co-managed with The Nature Conservancy.
Malad Gorge is a 250-foot-deep (76 m) canyon formed by the Malad River, downstream from a 60-foot (18 m) waterfall. This 652-acre (264 ha) day-use-only unit is just off Interstate 84 and offers hiking and picnicking. A section of the Oregon Trail is visible. Rock pigeons, red-tailed hawks and golden eagles nest in the canyon. Yellow-bellied marmots are found on the canyon floor.
Proclaimed a National Natural Landmark, this area borders the Snake River and features sheer basalt cliffs 350 feet (110 m) high. There are 179 acres (72 ha) in two parcels, acquired in 1971 and 1976.
This unit lies along the Snake River between two large springs.
- Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (August 2006). "Thousand Springs State Park Master Plan, Chapter 1". Retrieved 2001-03-04.
- Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. "Thousand Springs State Park". Retrieved 2001-03-04.
- Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (August 2006). "Thousand Springs State Park Master Plan, Chapter 3". Retrieved 2001-03-04.
- Idaho Division of Tourism Development. "Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve". Retrieved 2011-03-04.
- Thousand Springs State Park
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