One of the main highlights of the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway is, of course, Thousand Springs, just south of Hagerman. Thousand Springs is clearly visible from the byway. This pure, clean, oxygenated water bursts out of the canyon walls, representing the end of a journey of water that begins in the Craters of the Moon area nearly 100 miles away. The water maintains a constant temperature of 58 degrees, ideal conditions for growing trout. The hatcheries located along the 30-mile stretch of the Snake River in the Hagerman Valley raise 70 percent of the trout produced in the United States.
As you travel Thousand Springs Scenic Byway, enjoy these foodie stops.
SNAKE RIVER GRILL 610 S State Street, Hagerman, Idaho
Tucked in the heart of the Hagerman valley is the Snake River Grill. After visiting the Hagerman Fossil Beds and viewing the Thousand Springs; breakfast, lunch or dinner is served here with great care utilizing Idaho’s bounty of culinary treasures. Come meet Chef Kirt Martin, where his passion for food will provide you with a unique and extraordinary dining experience.
ELEVATION 486 195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls, Idaho
Perched up on the edge of the Canyon Crest Rim, Elevation 486 serves up the very best view of the Snake River Canyon. Elevation 486 is named because their patio sits 486 feet above the Canyon. Add an enticing menu, professional staff, and comfortable vibe and you will quickly understand why this popular establishment has become an absolutely essential element of Twin Falls life. Both visitors and locals are lured by the restaurant’s appeal year round.
The Thousand Springs Scenic Byway provides a glimpse into South Central Idaho’s remarkable geography, a result of huge prehistoric cataclysmic forces making the breathtaking Snake River Canyon. Beginning at Bliss, the byway drops down into the canyon providing a grand entrance for visitors. One can discover many country towns, historic places, fish hatcheries, wildlife habitats, and recreational opportunities. Don’t miss a side trip to see the 212-foot Shoshone Falls as early spring is one of the best times for viewing.
Begin your trip at Interstate 84 near Bliss and follow U.S. 30 southeast through Twin Falls to Idaho 50, then north on Idaho 50 to Interstate 84. A third leg runs along a U.S. Highway 90 spur from downtown Twin Falls at the junction with U.S. 30 and U.S. 93, north across the Perrine Bridge and the Snake River Canyon to Interstate 84.
Length: 67.8 miles. Allow 1.5 hours
Special Attractions: Hagerman valley; the Snake River; Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument; Thousand Springs State Park; National and State Fish Hatcheries; Perrine Bridge and Canyon Rim Trail System; and Shoshone Falls.
Wineries: Thousand Springs Winery, Holesinsky Winery, and Snyder Winery.