Idaho August 06, 2016
Why Everyone In Idaho Should Visit This One Tiny Town
Every destination in the Gem State is uniquely beautiful and has something mysterious, lovely, and rejuvenating to offer in its own surprising way. But tucked away in Southern Idaho, Hagerman is something incredibly special. From magically calming hot springs to historical sites, pristine swimming holes, and rustic charm, this cozy town of less than 1000 residents has something for everyone. But once you’ve visited, you won’t want to leave!
The Hagerman Valley is a surprisingly hidden gem that's known primarily as a mere historic site, despite its abundance of natural and man-made attractions.
Oddly situated in the heart of Idaho's high desert, this tiny town of 938 is actually a lush and vibrant natural oasis.
Biue Heart Springs is one of Hagerman's many pristine lakes and swimming holes that boasts jewel-like waters and incredible aquatic life.
Grab your snorkel -- scuba diving is huge in this area!
Hagerman -- the world's leading trout producer -- is also home to the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery.
This unique, must-see stop is both educational and fascinating to experience. Here, you can pet 6-foot sturgeon and (if you have a strong stomach) see firsthand where caviar comes from.
This town is also a stopping along the Oregon Trail, as well as a fantastic Snake River overlook point.
There are still places to view remnants of Oregon Trail wagon ruts. It's a fantastic trip through time.
Thousand Springs State Park is an absolute treasure in itself, with Malad Gorge being particularly unique.
The park is comprised of five smaller parks, each with their own distinct personality, geologic wonders, and natural beauty.
Of course, the Hagerman Fossil Beds and the accompanying museum are a unique part of Idaho's history.
The Hagerman horse is an extinct breed of horse (one of the oldest on record) that was unique to Idaho, but wasn't discovered until 1928.
And the crowning jewel at the end of a long day exploring? Miracle and Banbury Hot Springs just outside the city.
Did we mention the alligators supervising your soak?
Don't worry, though! You won't be swimming or soaking with these prehistoric beasts. They're kept separate in their own habitat, separate from the hot pools.
What do you think? Is a trip to this little town on your bucket list? There’s so much to do here!