by Randy Stapilus (Falcon Guides)
The part of south-central Idaho near the Snake River is called the Magic Valley for the way the landscape turned green when it was plied with irrigation water from the Snake. (Farther away from the Snake, the landscape once more looks like its natural self: sagebrush-littered desert.) Along the many miles of the Snake River, the major human settlement is the gambling outpost of Jackpot, Nevada, on the Idaho border. But as with most desert lands, there’s much more that is visible to those who are watchful. Scattered streams and lakes show off fine distant-horizon landscapes and plentiful fishing and hiking. The campgrounds here come in two main areas.
One is the Rock Creek area southeast of Twin Falls (directly south of the small city of Hansen), which features mountain sites managed by the Forest Service. The other, to the north of the city of Shoshone, is a vast area managed by the Bureau of Land Management, including several remote and relatively primitive camping sites. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Schipper / Birch Glen, Penstemon, Pettit, Diamondfield Jack, Porcupine Springs, Lud Drexler Park, Gray's Landing / Norton Bay, and Thorn Creek.
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