Thousand Springs Scenic Byway

Known as 1000 Springs, this area is drenched with artesian water from the Snake River Plain Aquifier, a 10,000-square-mile underground reservoir. As the water flows through porous rock and cinders, it is filtered to sparkling perfection and warmed to a consistent 58 degrees Fahrenheit. The springs are thought to be the reappearance of Lost River, which sinks into the lava fields near Arco, 90 miles northeast. It emerges above ground as crystal clear springs, which cascade from the canyon walls and bubble up from the river bottom.

The vast supply of consistently warm spring water, which flows throughout the year, provides the perfect conditions for rearing many species of warm and cold water fish.

LOCATION: Between Twin Falls and Bliss on U.S. 30
RECREATION: Scenic Drive, Hiking, Boating, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing
GETTING THERE: Exit I-84 at Bliss and take U.S. 30 all the way to Twin Falls through Hagerman, Buhl and Filer.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 10 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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