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Land of the Yankee Fork State Park

 
Hwy 75 & Hwy 93 Challis, ID 83226
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The Land of the Yankee Fork State Park brings to life Idaho’s frontier mining history. This State Park is part of the larger Land of the Yankee Fork Historic Area located in scenic central Idaho. Managed by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Challis District of the Bureau of Land Management this historic area provides unique historical interpretation and many recreational opportunities. At the Yankee Fork Visitor Center near Challis there are museum exhibits, a gold panning station, audiovisual programs, and friendly personnel to provide information on local mining history and area attractions. Also of interest are the ghost towns of Bonanza, Custer and Bayhorse, the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, the Custer Motorway and the Challis Bison Jump.

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Feb. 3, 2012, 8:11 a.m. - Heather U. permalink
We go to this area almost yearly. Beautiful area, lots of sights to see. Make sure to check out the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, hopefully you'll be lucky enough to have a tour guide that was a previous operator, although not very likely. The history in Custer is amazing, and the town is coming to life again. Check it out on a weekend when they have lots going on. You can tour the school house, watch a movie, and buy treats in the Saloon!
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Idaho boasts one of the nation's largest trail systems, with more than 15,000 miles of adventurous riding for off- highway vehicles. Be sure to try the OHV Recreation Area at Land of the Yankee Fork State Park. Remember: Stay on trails and don't cut switchbacks, take shortcuts or create new trails. More info: www.trails.idaho.gov.
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Idaho is not only a place for adventure, but it's a state full of rich mining history that is still visible today. This road trip will give you a glimpse of what the area was like during the mining boom and it will provide plenty of opportunity to explore outdoors and relax with the whole family.   DAY ONE: Eastern Idaho's Land of the Yankee Fork State Park is a great park to visit to learn about Idaho's frontier mining history. The Interpretive Center offers exhibits, a gold panning station, audiovisual programs, children's programs and friendly personnel to provide information on local mining history. Don't forget to take a tour of Bayhorse, one of Idaho's famous ghost towns and OHV trailheads. More information is available at the visitor center.   DAY TWO: Massacre Rocks State Park: About 3.5 hours south by car (take US 93 south to US 26 to I-86W), Massacre Rocks State Park is also full of history and beauty. Trail emigrants referred to the area as "Devil's Gate" for its ruggedness, but today travelers use terms like beautiful, serene, and restful to describe the park. Pioneers used this area specifically for, what is now referred to as Register Rock, as a travelers rest. Today, it makes a great picnic stop.   BONUS TIPS: Take a tour around the ghost towns of Bayhorse, Bonanza and Custer, the Custer Motorway or the Challis Bison Kill Site. This area is well known for OHV opportunities, hiking, fishing, hunting, whitewater rafting on the world-famous Salmon River and backpacking in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. In winter, Stanley offers snowmobiling.
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