Southeast Idaho has many hidden attractions students attending BYU-Idaho may have never heard of.
However, with a little bit of digging, the mysteries and opportunities of Southeast Idaho can be discovered and explored.
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve – Arco, Idaho
“The Craters of the Moon geological site is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush,” according to the National Park Service.
The visitor center contains a museum with exhibits explaining the natural and cultural history of the area. The scenic seven-mile drive starts just beyond the visitor center.
This drive provides scenic views of lava flows, cinder cones and trail hiking opportunities which range from a few hundred yards to eight miles in length.
Lava Hot Springs – Pocatello, Idaho
According to the Lava Hot Springs Idaho website, the Lava Hot Springs is an all-natural heated swimming pool.
“Bubbling out of natural underground springs, the hot water is laden with minerals, but has no sulfur and therefore no bad odor,” according to Lava Hot Springs Resort.
Visitors can soak in four gravel-bottomed outdoor hot spring pools — or swim in an Olympic-sized traditional outdoor pool with water slides.
“This place is incredible. There are varying degrees of pools throughout the center. Three main pools — mild for the kids, medium and hot. When your muscles are sore, or if you just need to relax and get away from it all, it’s worth the drive — go there,” said Alicia Hansen, a sophomore majoring in general studies.
Potato Museum – Blackfoot, Idaho
The Idaho Potato Museum is exactly that — a museum dedicated to the Idaho potato. This museum is located in Blackfoot, about an hour away from Rexburg.
The museum offers dozens of fun and educational exhibits featuring one of the world’s most popular vegetable and Idaho’s most famous product, according to the Idaho Potato Museum.
According to Visit Idaho, the most impressive and popular exhibit at the Potato Museum is the world’s largest potato chip, which was donated to the museum by Pringles through Kellog’s.
“From the giant baked potato outside to the worlds largest pringle inside, it is fun. World history of potatoes, video about potatoes, and free potatoes as you leave,” said Jennifer Smith, a senior studying business.
The museum also has a gift shop, the Spud Seller, which is geared towards the theme of the Idaho potato.