There’s so much to do in and around Gooding, Idaho
To say, “Gooding, ID offers a bevy of can’t-miss things to do” is cutting it short! The only thing to prevent you from enjoying the myriad things that surround this Idaho town is your desire to do so. You have choices:
- attending special events,
- getting involved in the arts
- learning about local history
- dining at independent restaurants
- being active at area parks.
A great resource is the Visit South Idaho website where you will find such events as:
- The Gooding Basque Association Annual Picnic
- Gooding Pro Rodeo
- Gooding Country Club
- Gooding County Snow Park
City of Rocks is an area of unusual and highly scenic rock formations. Erosion has carved fascinating spires and hoodoos from the underlying deposits of solidified volcanic ash. Excellent hiking, sightseeing, and solitude. About 15 miles north of Gooding on Highway 46, turn west at the BLM sign for City of Rocks. Follow the signs and travel about 7.5 miles on a generally well-maintained dirt road, which is suitable for passenger vehicles if conditions are dry. For more about the geology of Gooding City of the Rocks click here.
The Malad River Canyon is 250 feet deep and 2.5 miles long. At Malad Gorge State Park, located right off Interstate 84, you can view the canyon and walk along the rim. The highway crosses over Malad Gorge, but the angle of view hides the deep gorge where the river cascades into Devil’s Washbowl. Views of the gorge are best from the slender – but sturdy – bridge that arcs across the canyon.
The churning, icy blue glacial water is a National Natural Landmark and part of the world-famous Thousand Springs complex along the Snake River. The park provides a great opportunity to drive into the 350-foot-deep Snake River Canyon. Once inside the canyon, you’ll find year-round fishing in Crystal Springs Lake, including a handicap accessible site. Waterfowl and other wildlife are abundant.
Dead Horse Cave
Or maybe you are in for a little “adventure…
Mountains to the north of town, just a 35-mile drive, offer to local folk or to those traveling through a place to enjoy the beauty of nature as it has been created. Fresh clean mountain air enhances the lives of those who enjoy the excellent camping areas available in the mountains outside of Gooding.
Just miles away are some of the world’s most famous winter ski resorts – Sun Valley, and also not far from there is Soldier Mountain. Local areas provide ample opportunity to also enjoy cross country skiing.
Flatlands around the valley add make great snowmobiling. Also, the Gooding County Snow Park at the Gooding-Camas County line, includes 150 square miles of BLM and private land for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and sledding.
Gooding Pro Rodeo
The Gooding Pro Rodeo is always striving to be the rodeo that cowboys and fans alike “can’t miss” on their busy schedules. The best cowboys and cowgirls in the nation and the wildest crowds anywhere make for one of the greatest rodeo experiences available. The Gooding Pro Rodeo is not your average County Fair and Rodeo. 2004 Wilderness Circuit Small Rodeo of the Year, 1st runner-up – 2010 WPRA RODEO OF THE YEAR; 2nd place – 2010 Justin Best Footing Award. New for 2011 – video replays & scoreboard on a big screen!
You may even want to brave the spirits at the local…
Gooding recreation: as discovered on other key websites
This is just a good start… you can also discover MORE by clicking on YELP’s site.