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I-84 Hagerman Exit 147 near Tuttle.
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652-acre park is located just off Interstate 84 at the Tuttle exit. People
pass the park in an eye blink, never suspecting the spectacular canyon
views that await them just a mile off the highway. Malad Gorge is open
for hiking, picnicking and day outings. Guided tours can be arranged by
calling the park.
The Magnificent Gorge
The Malad River crashes down stairstep falls and into the Devils Washbowl, then cuts through a beautiful 250-foot gorge on its way to the Snake River, 2-1/2 miles downstream.
Views of the gorge are best from the sturdy bridge that crosses the canyon. You can take a short hike to discover nearby fingers of the gorge where crystal-clear springs produce ponds and streams.
Most of the history at this park is on the geologic scale. The cracks and folds of rock along the canyon cliffs record the movements of earth, lava and water.
The shorter history of humans in the area starts with the Indians, who piled rocks along the rim to capture bison and other game animals. The historic Kelton Trail runs through the park, providing Western-history buffs with excellent wagon ruts and traces of the Kelton Stage Stop.
Location: Tuttle, ID (Off I-84)
Mailing Address: 1074 E 2350 S, Hagerman, ID 83332
Cell Phone: 208-539-0519
- Is there a trail down to the Malad River?
No, but you can access the
lower river via the Idaho Power service road off of Highway 30.
- Can you camp at Malad Gorge?
No, but there are several private
campgrounds in the area.
- How high is the footbridge over the Malad Gorge from the river?
Approximately 150-175 feet, but the canyon deepens to 250 feet as it
gets nearer the Snake River Canyon.
- How long is the Malad River?
The river is about 12 miles long and is
formed when the Big and Little Wood Rivers combine near Gooding,
Idaho, northeast of the park.