What to do in McCrosky State Park

*Note: All information presented is non-seasonal, as per the wishes of the State of Idaho.

This 5,300-acre park was given to the state of Idaho in 1955 and is dedicated to the memory of frontier women and the hardships they endured. The ridgeline park offers spectacular views of the Palouse prairie which reflects the ever-changing agricultural patchwork of the valleys bordered by surrounding forested foothills.

Skyline Drive is an 18-mile-long gravel road that traverses the park, providing access to 32 miles of multipurpose trails. A series of interpretive signs on the historical and land-management aspects of the area are located throughout the park. Facilities include a group day use shelter, three primitive camping areas and four roadside picnic areas. No water or trash facilities are available.

The park may be entered at DeSmet by taking DeSmet Road to King Valley Road, or by using Skyline Drive from US 95. If your vehicle is longer than 28 feet, we recommend you avoid this drive.

Skyline Drive is an 18-mile-long gravel road that traverses the park, providing access to 32 miles of multipurpose trails.

Facilities include a group day use shelter, three primitive camping areas and four roadside picnic areas. No water or trash facilities are available.

Recreation
A series of interpretive signs on the historical and land-management aspects of the area are located throughout the park.

Location
Thirty miles north of Moscow on US 95

Climate
The climate in Idaho varies with the elevation. The bottom of Hell's Canyon, Boise and other locations at low elevations receive hot summer weather. Temperatures at these elevations often reach 90 degrees or more during the summer months. At the same time the mountains will get mild temperatures with cool nights. Winters are just as extreme with the mountains experiencing extreme conditions and temperatures. An average of 500 inches of snow falls on the Idaho highlands. Temperatures are known to dip below zero degrees F on many winter nights. The lower elevations enjoy a more mild winter season with less precipitation than the mountains. The sun is a constant throughout the year. Be sure to wear sunscreen and layered clothing in Idaho's unpredictable weather.
  • McCrosky State Park Travel Q&A

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