Idaho Map

Request Free Visitor Guides

Great Rift Backcountry Area

Contact Info
Bureau of Land Management
15 East 200 South
Burley, ID 83318

Phone:
208-677-6641

Description

The Great Rift is one of only two such features in the world. At 635 square miles, it is considered to be the largest, deepest, and most recent volcanic rift system in the continental United States. Many of Idaho`s most fascinating geological features lie along this potential wilderness. A tremendous fissure extending 65 miles opened up to emit successive lava flows some 15,000 years ago. This volcanic landscape with spatter caves, ice tubes, caves, and cinder cones awaits the adventurous desert hiker. It contains undisturbed and unusual geologic features throughout the 380,000 acres of the Craters of the Moon and Wapi lava flows. Abundant wildlife, including sage grouse, mourning doves, mule deer, and antelope, inhabit the area. Visitors can marvel at the scale-like formations of the Blue Dragon lava flow, hike the sharp and broken a`a lava of the Bear Park Kipuka, and explore lava tube caves inhabited as early as 1200 A.D.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From I-86 northeast of American Falls, take exit 40 and head northeast on ID 39 past American Falls Dam. After passing the dam, turn left on Center Pleasant Valley Road (2600 S) and drive about 7 miles east to Lava Bed Road. Turn right and drive north about 6 miles to Crystal Ice Cave Road. About a 6 mile drive on a dirt road will take you in the general vicinity of the Great Rift to a spot called The Frying Pan.

Customizable Directions


Copyright © 1997 - 2017 The Go Travel Sites. All Rights Reserved and.

Email Page Link

Complete the form below to email this page to a friend or family member's email. You can send yourself an email as well. Your email and your recipient's email will NOT be shared with anyone. See our full Privacy Policy for details.
:
:
:
 
 
 
:
Copy Yourself on the Email Yes No
:
:

1

Select a Free Visitor Guides below

2

Complete the form to receive your guides by mail

Below are the Free Visitor Guides for Snake River. More Visitor Guides are available in Idaho. Click here to view them all!

Visit Pocatello Visit Pocatello Visit Pocatello
Southeast IdahoChallenging rock-climbing, world-class mountain bike trails, disc golf courses and an active Greenway are some of the outdoor offerings right in Pocatello. Learn to squeegee at the world’s only Museum of Clean, stand in awe of saber tooth cats and giant bison at the Idaho Museum of Natural History, float the lazy river at the aquatic center, shop charming Old Town, or see Grizzlies and the animals of Yellowstone up-close at the Pocatello Zoo. Between Salt Lake City and Yellowstone National Park on I-15, it’s an ideal place to spend the night. Visit Pocatello for fantastic dining, attractions, events and lodging.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.

Specialty Guides

Holiday River Expeditions Holiday River Expeditions Holiday River Expeditions
Our rafting journeys include the Colorado, Green, San Juan, Yampa and Salmon River.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.