AAA Editor Notes
Thousand Springs State Park is .2 mi. s. off I-84 exit 147, then .2 mi. w., following signs to the welcome kiosk at Malad Gorge. The highlight of this multi-unit state park are aquifer-fed springs that gush in beautiful cascades from the sides of Snake River Canyon. The springs are believed to be the reappearance of Lost River, which vanishes into the lava fields near Arco.
Park headquarters is at the Malad Gorge unit, where markers indicate points of interest along a 3.5-mile loop road. From a footbridge visitors can see the bottom of a 250-foot-deep gorge where a waterfall plunges into Devil's Washbowl. Part of the Oregon Trail, volcanic collapse features and underground springs also can be viewed.
Wildlife can be seen throughout the state park, which also encompasses the Niagara Springs unit, featuring 350-foot-high sheer basalt cliffs; the historic Kelton Trail, boasting pioneer wagon ruts; the Ritter Island unit, host to September's Thousand Springs Festival of the Arts; the Billingsley Creek unit, offering an indoor equestrian arena; and the Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve.
Guided tours are available. Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 45 minutes minimum.