Thousand Springs Scenic Byway

Thousand Springs Scenic Byway

The Thousand Springs Scenic Byway is a picturesque section of old U.S. Route 30 in southern Idaho between the towns of Bliss and Buhl, dipping down into the Hagerman Valley and a canyon of the Snake River.

The highway takes its name from the numerous streams and rivulets springing forth out of the east wall of that canyon, many of them plainly visible from the road, with the panoramic river in the foreground. These springs are outlets from the Snake River Plains Aquifer, which flows through thousands of square miles of porous volcanic rock and is one of the largest groundwater systems in the world. The aquifer is believed to be fed by the Lost River which disappears into lava flows near Arco, about 90 miles northeast of Hagerman.

The springs are well oxygenated and at a roughly constant temperature of 14°C (58°F), making their streams ideal for trout. In fact, some 70% of the trout grown in the United States are raised in hatcheries along this valley. Today, many of the strings have been diverted to produce hydroelectricity, such that there are not, in fact, exactly one thousand of them to be counted, but they are still impressively plentiful.

Among the other sights along the drive is Ritter Island, site of the former Minnie Miller Farm, once famous for its purebred Guernsey cattle. Where the highway climbs the bluff towards Buhl, it crosses Salmon Falls Creek, the gorge of which is a fantastic wonderland along almost its entire length. Other highlights are the Gridley Island Bridge which crosses the river between Hagerman and Thousand Springs, Sligars Resort (with a good view of Ritter Island), and the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.

External links

* [ Frank and Anne Stehno’s Canyon Country Hiking & Camping Notebook]
* []

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Breitenbush Hot Springs — Retreat and Conference Center (pronunciation: BRIGHT en BUSH), commonly called Breitenbush Hot Springs or simply Breitenbush (or even The Bush by locals), is a worker owned resort community featuring holistic and spiritual retreats. It is… …   Wikipedia

  • U.S. Route 30 — Route information Length …   Wikipedia

  • Buhl, Idaho — Infobox Settlement official name = Buhl, Idaho settlement type = City nickname = motto = imagesize = image caption = image imagesize = image caption = image mapsize = 250px map caption = Location of Buhl, Iadho mapsize1 = map caption1 =… …   Wikipedia

  • Minneapolis — This article is about the city in Minnesota. For other uses, see Minneapolis (disambiguation). Minneapolis   City   City of Minneapolis …   Wikipedia

  • South Dakota — This article is about the U.S. state of South Dakota. For other uses, see South Dakota (disambiguation). State of South Dakota …   Wikipedia

  • Dolores County, Colorado — Location in the state of Colorado …   Wikipedia

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park — IUCN Category II (National Park) …   Wikipedia

  • Florida — This article is about the U.S. state of Florida. For other uses, see Florida (disambiguation). State of Florida …   Wikipedia

  • Cleveland National Forest — IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area) Cleveland National Forest from Laguna Mountain …   Wikipedia

  • California State Route 1 — For other uses, see CA1 (disambiguation). State Route 1 Route information …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.