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Massacre Rocks State Park

 
3592 N. Park Ln. American Falls, ID 83211
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Oregon Trail emigrants referred to the Massacre Rocks area as "Gate of Death" and "Devil's Gate", but modern day travelers use terms like beautiful, serene, and restful to describe the park. The park is rich in Oregon Trail, geological, and natural histories. Rich in history, pioneers used this area, specifically what is now referred to as ‘ Register Rock’ as a rest stop for years. Many emigrant names are inscribed on the large rock, which is now protected by a weather shelter. A scenic picnic area surrounds the rock, creating a desert oasis for the modern traveler. The site also includes an 18-hole disc golf course. Oregon Trail remnants are most easily seen from highway rest areas in either end of the park. For additional information on the Oregon Trail visit the Three Island Crossing State Park page and the Oregon/California Trail Center website.

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Feb. 9, 2012, 3:31 p.m. - Lori Niel permalink
We stayed at Massacre Rocks early in the season and really enjoyed the visitor center and the history but what I really loved was all the flowers. The cactus were in bloom too! Nice park!
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This fun sport is increasing in popularity, and several parks are installing courses this year. To play, use a Frisbee or special disc and try to throw it into a mounted basket several hundred yards away. Like golf, the fewer strokes (throws) the better. Check out the courses at Farragut, Eagle Island, Lake Walcott, and Massacre Rocks.
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Take a trip back in time in south Idaho - ID

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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