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f e a t u r e d a tt r a ct i o n s Magic Country Balanced Rock South of Buhl in the Salmon Falls Creek Canyon stands world-famous Balanced Rock. At more than 48 feet tall and weighing about 40 tons, the wind-carved rock balances precariously on a pedestal of three feet by 17 inches. Nearby Balanced Rock Park is an excellent spot for a picnic. BLM, Jarbidge Field Office 2536 Kimberly Road Twin Falls, ID 83301 (208) 736-2350 City of RockS The City of Rocks is a U.S. National Reserve and State Park located two miles north of the south central Idaho-Utah state line. It is widely known for its excellent sport climbing with most routes being traditional climbs. The California Trail passed through here in the 1840s and 50s. Immigrants wrote their names or initials on some of the rocks using axel grease, and some are still visible on Register Rock. Ruts from wagon wheels can be seen in some locations. City of Rocks National Reserve 3035 Elba-Almo Road Almo, ID 83312 (208) 824-5519 Craters of the Moon Sun Valley / Ketchum Chamber of Commerce 371 N. Main Ketchum, ID 83340 (208) 726-3423 Hagerman Valley The Hagerman Horse, Idaho’s state fossil, was the first true horse in the area and was discovered in the 1920s. Hagerman is home to over two hundred different species of fossil plants and animals which include sabertooth cat, a hyena-like dog, mastodon, otter, bear, shrews and many other species. Hagerman also offers excellent fishing in pristine rivers, lakes and streams. Just outside of town, the Thousand Springs area offers photo opportunities and a relaxing picnicking area. Hagerman Chamber of Commerce 110 W. Main St. Hagerman, ID 83332 (208) 837-9131 Herrett Center for Arts and Science At the Herrett Center on the campus of the College of Southern Idaho, visitors can enjoy contemporary art or explore the solar system from a planetarium seat. Artifacts include pre-Inca textiles, Mayan jade and Peruvian pottery. Call for details about special events such as Star Parties at the Faulkner Planetarium, a 144 seat, state-of-the-art theater. (Pictured on 44) A vast  ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush, Craters of the Moon is a unique attraction in the Central Region. Lying out on the fringe of the Arco Desert, visitors can explore this weird and scenic landscape on foot, bike or by car. Craters of the Moon is a great place to explore trails with interpretive displays for experts and the curious alike. Herrett Center for Arts & Science 315 Falls Ave. Twin Falls, ID 83303 (208) 732-6655 Craters of the Moon National Monument To get to Malad Gorge State Park, take the Tuttle Exit on Interstate 84 and follow the signs. From the confluence of the Malad and Snake rivers, the gorge cuts a slice in the earth that is 250 feet deep and two and a half miles long. The Malad River is actually the terminal end of the Wood River that starts in the mountains above Sun Valley. P.O. Box 29 Arco, ID 83213 (208) 527-1300 Ernest Hemingway Memorial The Ernest Hemingway Memorial is located just northeast of Sun Valley on Trail Creek Road. The memorial is a bust of Hemingway and an epitaph he wrote for a friend who died in a hunting accident during Hemingway’s first visit to Idaho. He worked on For Whom the Bell Tolls while staying in a luxury suite at the Sun Valley Lodge. Hemingway later established a residence in the Wood River Valley. In his home, he spent time on two more works – A Moveable Feast and The Garden of Eden. The beauty of the Wood River Valley is thought to have provided inspiration to him. Hemingway spent many years in the area and is buried at the Ketchum Cemetery. www.IDAHOTravelCouncil.com malad gorge State Park Malad Gorge State Park 1074 E. 2350 S. Hagerman, ID 83332 (208) 837-4505 Mammoth Cave Idaho’s Mammoth Cave maintains a temperature of 41 degrees during both the winter and summer months. Presently it is the largest volcanic cave in the world open to the public. 27 region 3: south central south central