What’s Hidden In This Idaho Canyon Is Unexpected But Awesome

Idaho is full of extraordinary wonders, unearthly volcanic formations, and breathtaking features carved by the incredible power of ancient floods and lava flows. But of all the treasured and unique places our state has to offer, there is one extraordinary, secret world tucked away in the desert that very few non-locals know about… and it only reveals itself at certain times during the year.

Unlike our renowned Hells Canyon, Black Magic Canyon isn’t a name you’ll hear often in tourist circles, but this black basalt volcanic trail is beyond epic to say the least, and completely unexpected. On your next road trip through Southeast Idaho, be sure to check out Idaho’s own secret canyon – a rugged, otherworldly Atlantis right here in the Gem State!

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Be sure to add this (literal) hidden gem hike to your summer bucket list, and make some time to capture a few awesome photos of the rock sculptures while you’re there. But this Idaho treasure is pristine in all its natural glory… so explore responsibly! For directions to Black Magic Canyon, check out this BLM map.

For more incredible Idaho adventures and hikes, check out this scenic trail in Wallace or this fascinating historic road trip.