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

A 350-acre canyon 20 miles northwest of Twin Falls is open thanks to a state/private partnership. The Nature Conservancy and Idaho Power Company were instrumental in helping the State of Idaho fund the purchase of the $5 million property from the Earl M. and LaVane M. Hardy Charitable Trust and the Hardy Foundation.

The preserve is the site of the 11th largest spring in North America, which pours 180,000 gallons of water per minute into the Snake River. The canyon is also the home to a rare fish species found only in Idaho, the Shoshone sculpin, as well as three endangered spring snails. The canyon walls are popular for nesting raptors.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) will manage the site jointly with The Nature Conservancy until the property can be permanently transferred to the state. Self-guided hikes are allowed on the property. Those interested in guided tours of the site can contact the park manager at Malad Gorge State Park, 208-837-4505.

Attractions - The preserve is the site of the 11th largest spring in North America, which pours 180,000 gallons of water per minute into the Snake River. The canyon is also the home to a rare fish species found only in Idaho, the Shoshone sculpin, as well as three endangered spring snails. The canyon walls are popular for nesting raptors.

Recreation - Self-guided hikes are allowed on the property. Those interested in guided tours of the site can contact the park manager at Malad Gorge State Park, 208-837-4505.

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.

Location - Take Exit 155 from I-84, drive 3.2 miles west on the Hagerman Highway to the 1500 East Road, then left (south) 4.5 miles to the parking lot on the right side of the road.


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Contact Information:
Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve , 1074 E 2350 S , Hagerman, Idaho, 83332, Phone: 208-837-4505
, mal@idpr.state.id.us

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Links:
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