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The Greater Yellowstone Area is the only remaining large biologically intact temperate ecosystem in North America, comparable in size and diversity to Africa’s Serengeti!Learn More

Parks & Recreation Areas

Eastern Idaho has enough parks and trails to satisfy even the heartiest outdoorsman. Climb the Tetons. Watch Old Faithful erupt. Navigate a dune buggy. Meander the riverside paths along the Idaho Falls Greenbelt. Explore our parks and trails and discover the beauty of Eastern Idaho.

Pristine lakes, noble mountains, abundant wildlife, and picturesque rivers are the heart of Idaho parks and trails. Combine all that with superior camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting and you have world-class adventure that you can't get enough of.

Eastern Idaho has enough parks and trails to satisfy even the heartiest outdoorsman. Climb the Tetons. Watch Old Faithful erupt. Navigate a dune buggy. Meander the riverside paths along the Idaho Falls Greenbelt. Explore our parks and trails and discover the beauty of Eastern Idaho.

Heise Hot Springs

  • 5116 East Heise Road, Ririe
  • Hot Springs, Swimming
  • 208-538-7312
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Heise has an extensive campground with several camp hosts to help make your stay enjoyable and relaxing.

Yellowstone National Park

  • National Park
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The first of the national parks, Yellowstone was discovered and explored in 1808 by John Colter, formerly of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Today millions of visitors are still enjoying this spectacular wilderness.

Idaho Falls Greenbelt

  • City | County Park

Rotary Park

  • Nina St. and Rodney St., Rexburg
  • City | County Park
  • 208-359-3020
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Nestled in the residential community of Mill Hollow Trailer Park is Rotary Park. It is on the east side of Rexburg and was designed especially for small children. The Park has an open green area and play equipment for the neighborhood children to play and climb on.

St Anthony Sand Dunes

  • Natural Attraction
Starting about eight miles west of St. Anthony are the living sand dunes - 41,000 acres of exciting potential playground just being discovered by dune buggy and snowmobile enthusiasts. The white rolling hills of sand range in height from 200 to 300 feet above the 4,900 foot valley floor.

Civil Defense Caves

  • Natural Attraction
The Civil Defense caves are large tubes formed from lava that snake underground for thousands of feet. Because of the insulating qualities of Lava, the interior of caves are cold, even on the hottest days of the summer.

Yellowstone Bear World

  • PO Box 160, Rexburg
  • Other, Wildlife Viewing
  • 208-359-9688

Yellowstone Bear World is located about 5 miles south of Rexburg just off Highway 20. Bear World takes a nostalgic look back to when black and grizzly bears roamed free in Yellowstone National Park. Bear World is a unique drivethrough park where you can watch the wildlife in their own habitats in your own vehicle. Yellowstone Bear World is open from mid May to mid October, seven days a week. Rates vary, and full vehicles receive discounts.

Island Park Area Chamber of Commerce

  • P.O. Box 83, Island Park
  • 208-558-7281
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Some of the same natural forces that once made Yellowstone National Park so scenic also made Island Park similarly beautiful.  Island Park sits in the world’s largest caldera, 23 miles in diameter, created from a volcano that collapsed in prehistoric times.  Now covered in a dense forest of pine and wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife. 

Fremont County Parks & Recreation

  • 315 E 5th N, St. Anthony
  • 208-624-7266
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WELCOME TO FREMONT COUNTY...Let your adventure begin in this well landscaped corner of Idaho where waterfalls and fun go hand in hand. Visit our beautiful mountains featuring high altitude lakes, natural springs and roaring rivers. You won't be disappointed. But don't forget to return in winter when internationally acclaimed snowmobile and cross country ski trails invite even more fun.

Byu-Idaho Gardens

  • BYU-Idaho, Rexburg
  • City | County Park, Natural Attraction
  • 208-496-1150
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The BYU-I Horticulture Demonstration Gardens serve as a unique”laboratory" for students of the Landscape Horticulture department. The Gardens are open to the public year round until dark. There are over 750 varieties of annuals and 200 varieties of perennials as well as trees and shrubs.

Harriman

  • 3489 E. Highway 20, Island Park
  • State Park
  • 208-558-7368
Harriman State Park lies in the heart of a 16,000-acre wildlife reserve in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This sanctuary protects a diversity of birds and mammals similar to those living in nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Green Canyon

  • 2432 S. Canyon Creek Road, Newdale
  • Natural Attraction, Swimming
  • 208-458-4454
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Enjoy a relaxing time at Green Canyon Hot Springs. It is a popular place for family reunions, church group gatherings, and vacationers. Take advantage of the pure thermally heated waters of the pool facilities. Water temperatures are a constant 96 degrees, while the outdoor hot pool is a toasty 105 degrees.

Nature Park

  • 5th West and 3rd North, Rexburg
  • City | County Park, Tennis
  • 208-359-3020
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The creation of this park was mainly to provide a place for joggers and cyclists to exercise in a beautiful environment. It s located near the fairgrounds on the west side of Rexburg. The Rexburg Nature Park covers a 15 acre area. It is unique in that its jogging paths are along a beautiful area close to the South Fork of the Teton River.