Malad Gorge State Park

Twin Falls, Idaho 83301

Malad Gorge State Park

Malad Gorge State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Enjoy scenic overlooks into 250-foot Malad Gorge and Hagerman Valley, along with a 60-foot waterfall, springs, and raptor-watching. This 652-acre state park is located at an elevation of 3,270 feet, making for a good early- or late-season excursion.

The basalt of the Malad Gorge was formed by lava flows and the canyon itself by melting glacier runoff . The waterfall at Devil’s Washbowl has retreated 2.5 miles over the millennia, carving the canyon you see. The side canyons at Alcove Lake and Woody’s Cove were created by two similar waterfalls. The Big Wood River flows through the Malad Gorge to meet the Snake River just north of Hagerman Valley. Among birds present in the gorge are canyon wrens, swallows, doves, kestrels, red-tailed hawks, and golden eagles."

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The gorge is impressive but is unfortunately right along the interstate. If you're looking for a wilderness experience, choose a different spot.

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Trail Information

Twin Falls
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best March-May and September-November
3,270 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Malad Gorge State Park, (208) 837-4505
Local Contacts
Tuttle and Hagerman USGS quadrangles
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018