“become one with nature”
Most of the history at this park is geologic in nature. The cracks and folds of rock along the canyon cliffs record the movements of earth, lava and water. Early Native Americans piled rocks along the rim to capture bison and other game animals. During the 19th century, the historic Kelton Trail brought pioneers over this portion of the Oregon Trail. Thousand Springs State Park has several units to explore: Malad Gorge, Kelton Trail, Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve, Billingsley Creek, Ritter Island, Crystal Springs and Niagara Springs. These incredible scenic areas are all within a short driving distance of each other. Activities: Canoe, kayak, hike, bike, horseback ride, fish, view wildlife and historic areas, picnic.
I was surprised at the views of this beautiful canyon that is next to the freeway, but you would never know it. Didn't see all the springs that are pictured in the main photo, though. But it was a scenic stop with short easy walk to stretch your legs.
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Thousand Springs State Park
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