Located northeast of Blackfoot, Wolverine offers hiking, whitewater rafting, camping, and fishing during the summer, and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling during the winter. All just minutes from Blackfoot!
This interesting interpretive nature trail takes visitors through an incredible 5,200 year-old lava flow with paved walkways and 25 engraved signs on the hike identifying aspects of the lava flow’s unique ecosystem.
The Hells Half Acre lava flow, which emerged from a shield volcano, is one of many basalt flows on the Snake River Plain. It is relatively young, and it has only been partially colonized by vegetation. The area is very large and mostly roadless. Nevertheless, it is near the population centers of Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, and Shelley, Idaho (less than ten miles). Interstate 15 cuts through a small portion of the flow. At rest stop on the interstate, there are short paved walks providing an interpreted trail across the very rough surface.
For a great backcountry scenic drive, check out this portion of the Blackfoot River Canyon. It’s a smaller version of the Snake River Birds of Prey Area. Steep canyon cliffs, aspen and cottonwood trees support nesting golden eagles, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls and other raptor species. Use turnouts along the road for parking and walk approximately 200 yards to the rim for viewing. A few road spurs provide access to the canyon bottom.
Check out Southeast Idaho High Country for a Bird Watching Guide.