For vacationers passing through the Magic Valley - first impressions can be deceiving. If you stop to take a closer look, a whole world of watchable wildlife may make an appearance from the sagebrush plains and agriculture croplands.
Lizards, raptors, rabbits, antelope, mule deer, coyotes, and ducks are all common along the Snake River corridor. By taking a short trip off of Interstate 84 to Magic Mountain Ski Area, Shoshone Basin or Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir you will see splendid scenery and wildlife in its natural surrounding.
Miles and miles of trail lay in front of the ambitious hiker, biker, or ORV rider. Travelers will find a range of terrain to tour as they explore the vast trail systems connecting the mountains and valleys of the Minidoka Ranger District.
For people looking to the rugged mountains to see big game and songbirds; driving north from Interstate 84 may be the ticket. From the high desert of the Bennett Mountains to the pine covered slopes of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the scenery is spectacular and the wildlife abundant.
We ask everyone to respect wildlife and watch them from a distance to assure their safety and yours! Come prepared with binoculars, bug spray (for ticks and mosquitoes), long-sleeve shirts and a light jacket. After all - this is Idaho and weather can change before your very eyes.
For people interested in learning more about area wildlife, call the Idaho Fish and Game office in Jerome at (208) 324-4359 or go to http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/