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Idaho National Parks

and Idaho State Parks List

This Idaho National Parks and Idaho State Parks list will help you decide which of these terrific adventures will be right for your family travel experiences. Come see what the Gem State has to offer!

Idaho national parks offer your family an up-close view of the state's natural terrain. You may think there isn't much in Idaho beyond potatoes, but the many Idaho state and national parks will prove otherwise.

When you're ready for an unusual vacation that most of your friends and relatives have never taken, venture away from the beaches and amusement parks and explore the many Idaho state parks.

Idaho National Parks

California National Historic Trail
This historic trail runs through several states on the western coast and is steeped with history. This is the route taken by those seeking riches and fame during the Gold Rush. You can now take a driving tour along the route and learn a lot about this period of United States history.

California National Historic Trail

City of Rocks National Reserve
idaho-national-parks-01; city of rocks Learn about the history of the California Trail traveled by immigrants heading to California many years ago and have some fun rock climbing at this Idaho natural preserve.

If you are in Boise, head out on I-84 east to find the reserve.

City of Rocks National Reserve

Idaho National Parks: Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
This is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in the unusual terrain that is created by exploding volcanoes.

It also happens to be one of the best places to park your RV and camp out for a while.

There are limited spaces that can be used by RVs or large campers, so you may want to call ahead to see if there is a spot available before you set your heart on staying awhile.

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve


Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
There is a visitor's center in the town of Hagerman that can be used for educational purposes, but this monument park is closed to the public. It is just one of the many victims of the wild fires raging through the area in recent years.

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
If you are teaching your children about U.S. history, you have to stop by and let them see the real Lewis & Clark national historic trail. Read up in those textbooks then step out of your RV and look around at the beautiful vegetation and big skies. This is how history comes to life for the next generation. The trail is in Kooskia, Idaho.

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Minidoka National Historic Site
While on your family travel experiences this is another destination to visit if you are investigating the history of the U.S. and even the world. Located in Jerome, Idaho, this was the location of a camp that detained thousands of Japanese Americans during the Second World War.

Minidoka National Historic Site

Nez Perce National Historic Park
Are you enthused by American Indians? Would you like to learn about the Indians which still enrich Idaho society today? If so, head to Spalding, Idaho to learn about the Nez Perce. Another great stop while on your family travel experiences.

Nez Perce National Historic Park

Oregon National Historic Trail
This historic trail was traveled from Missouri to Oregon in historical times, but you can visit two different sections of the trail that passed through Idaho. You can even see the grooves in the ground that were dug out by the passing horse drawn carriages. You can visit the trail just southeast of Boise and just west of Burley.

Oregon National Historic Trail

Yellowstone National Park
This is of course one of the most well-known of all Idaho national parks. Crossing through three different states, this is a huge mountainous state park where you can get out in the wild. The question isn't what you can do here, but what you can't. From hiking to biking, this is a prime destination for outdoor recreation.

Yellowstone National Park

Idaho State Parks

Bear Lake State Park
The lake in this park is rather unique because it sits halfway in Idaho and halfway in Utah. This is a great place to visit year round for a bit of fun on the water.

This is one of the best Idaho state parks and Idaho national parks for getting wet with the family. Enjoy boating and water skiing in the summer months but be prepared for some frozen water fun comes winter. You will find this park in the southeast tip of the state.

Bear Lake State Park

Lake Cascade
Head up highway 55 past Boise and you will come across another one of the Idaho state parks designated for fun in the water. You can go boating and fishing in the summer months or carve a hole in the ice for ice fishing in the colder months. There are also opportunities on dry land from mountain biking to cross country skiing.

Lake Cascade

City of Rocks
This is a nature preserve famous for its challenging rock climbing opportunities. Venture around the trail surrounding the Albion Mountain Range, then stop at the preserve to see how solid your footing actually is. Another great addition to your family travel experiences.

City of Rocks

Castle Rocks State Park
If you want to see what life was like in historical Idaho, you have to head through the village of Almo to this state park, which could be just as educational as the many Idaho national parks. The land still has many markings of the peaceful, early days in Idaho so you may not want to move on to other sites in the state.

Castle Rocks State Park

Dworshak State Park
You can get outdoors here just like you can at all the other state parks, but there is also an amphitheater which provides more unique entertainment options. You will find all the amenities you need to camp out for a while, make a nice meal on the grill, or just pass an afternoon exploring nature.

Dworshak State Park

Eagle Island State Park
The most popular attraction in this state park is the waterslide, but be prepared to shell out a few bucks to take the ride. You don't have to find an amusement park and pay the big entry fees to get wet and push the kids down a water ride! Find the park just eight miles outside of Boise to the west.

Eagle Island State Park

Harriman State Park
idaho-national-parks-02; harriman state park Saddle up for a horse ride or head out for a hike in this nature preserve.

You will experience animals in their natural habitat and get dirty while exploring the earth in this beautiful state park where the sky seems to go on forever.

Ride highway 20 north of Ashton to find this nature preserve/state park.

Harriman State Park

Henrys Lake State Park
This is one of the best Idaho state parks and Idaho national parks for camping and fishing.

You can spend some time peacefully bonding with the family, exploring a beautiful lake, and enjoying the fish that come up on your line. This is located just west of Yellowstone National Park, so it fits well with a tour of Idaho national parks.

Henrys Lake State Park

Heyburn State Park
This is one of the Idaho state parks that has a rich history of the local Indians. Today, you can enjoy camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, and all the other standard outdoor activities you would expect to find in a large state park. You'll have to head up north to enjoy this park.

Heyburn State Park

Lake Walcott State Park
Visitors venture to this national wildlife preserver for birding adventures. Take your binoculars and a good camera to capture some of the most beautiful birds of Idaho in their natural habitat. You will find this bird preserve in the central part of the state just northeast of Rupert.

Lake Walcott State Park

Thousand Springs State Park
The springs in this park will be right up there with your favorite things about exploring Idaho national parks and state parks. The gushing, rushing water is refreshing as well as spectacularly beautiful. Don't forget the camera but make sure its waterproof so you can get up close.

Thousand Springs State Park
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