Thousand Springs State Park
|Thousand Springs State Park|
|Idaho State Park|
|- elevation||2,800 ft (853 m) |
|Area||2,000 acres (809 ha) |
|Management||Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation|
|IUCN category||V - Protected Landscape/Seascape|
|Website: Thousand Springs State Park|
Thousand Springs State Park is a state park of Idaho, USA, consisting of five units in the Hagerman Valley. In 2005 as part of a master planning process, it was decided to combine four 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.
- Billingsley Creek
- 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 was developed by the Nature Conservancy which purchased the site in 1999, then completed its transfer to the state in 2006.
- Malad Gorge
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.
- Niagara Springs
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.
- Ritter Island
This unit lies along the Snake River between two large springs.
- "Thousand Springs State Park". Idaho Parks and Recreation. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
- "Thousand Springs State Park Master Plan, Chapter 1" (PDF). Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. August 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2001-03-04.
- "Thousand Springs State Park Master Plan, Chapter 3" (PDF). Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. August 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2001-03-04.
- "Waterfalls and Caribbean blue springs in the Idaho desert". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
- Lamb, M. P.; Dietrich, W. E.; Aciego, S. M.; Depaolo, D. J.; Manga, M. (2008). "Formation of Box Canyon, Idaho, by Megaflood: Implications for Seepage Erosion on Earth and Mars". Science. 320 (5879): 1067–70. doi:10.1126/science.1156630. PMID 18497296.
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