Set your adventure mode to turbo with a trip through southeastern Idaho. With off-the-beaten-path experiences at every turn, you’ll soon learn why this part of Idaho is a destination for outdoor lovers. Miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails, a hidden mountain lake and savory dishes in an unexpected setting are just a sample of the adventures that await.
What to Do
Massacre Rocks State Park offers a diverse set of experiences for adventurers; the challenge is picking which one to do first! From fishing and rock climbing to disc golf and hiking, this tucked-away treasure trove is worth the stop. You can even book a night or two at one of the park’s cabins to experience the park at your own pace.
No trip to Idaho would be complete without a stop at the Idaho Potato Museum. You can’t miss this quirky museum when you drive into Blackfoot – just look for the massive spud! Inside, you’ll find displays on how the Idaho potato helped change the world and your dinner plate. After your tour, head to the café for a famous Idaho baked potato heaped with all the toppings.
Continue to Pocatello to push your adrenaline on the City Creek Trail System. This 50-mile trail network offers hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails along with motorcycle and ATV trail use around Pocatello and the Portneuf Valley. Hit the trails with an e-bike, which comes equipped with a pedal-assist feature that helps propel you forward and up hills when you’re pedaling. If you didn’t pack your bike and gear, make a stop at Barrie’s Ski and Sports to rent bikes, a rack for your vehicle, and whatever else you need for your two-wheeled adventure.
Get your supplies — and your BBQ fix — with a visit to Soda Springs. This small town boasts a hardware store with a surprise. Caribou Jack’s Trading Co. & BBQ sells hammers, nails and shovels along with slow-smoked, mouthwatering barbecue — paying homage to a time when hardware stores offered customers a little bit of everything. Fill up on a variety of smoked meats and home-cooked side dishes before checking out the famous Soda Springs geyser.
Make your final stop a trek to Bloomington Lake — a pristine mountain lake set against stunning jagged rock faces in the Bear Lake Valley. The dazzling views of this hidden oasis are well worth the 35-minute dirt-road to access the trailhead. Stroll the half-mile trail, which meanders through wildflowers and passes another small lake. Once at Bloomington Lake enjoy a picnic or take a dip in the refreshing waters. Have some extra time? Extend your stay with a day at nearby Bear Lake State Park where you can soak, swim and play in the turquoise waters.