Category Archives: Outdoor

The area around has some of the best hiking, camping, and scenery you could ask for.  Don’t miss out on the Ice Caves, Mesa Falls, or Darby Canyon.

Rigby Lake

Offically named Jefferson County Lake (the name was changed recently, but most people still call it Rigby Lake) is a popular place to go swimming and boating.  Admission is $5 per vehicle, so load your friends in your car, split the cost, and you can enjoy a day at the lake for about a dollar. Continue »

Heise Hot Springs

The Heise Hot Springs has a pool, golf course and campground. The 92 degree pool has a 350-foot water slide. There is also a 105 degree mineral pool.   Admission is $9.00  per person and the water slide is an extra charge (see price list below for details). Hours BIG POOL- (Summer only) Monday to Saturday Continue »

Funland (in Tautphas Park)

Next to the Zoo in Tautphas Park is a tiny amusement park, open sporadically throughout the summer.  It features a ferris wheel, and other smaller rides.  There is  also a concession stand that sells hamburgers, hotdogs etc. Probably too small to be a destination in itself, Funland nevertheless, is a fun addition if you’re visiting  Continue »

Tautphaus Zoo

Tautphaus Zoo (Pronounced Tut-fass)  is open April 1  through the end of October.  It’s a great little zoo, and is home for over 100 different kinds of animals.  It’s not a huge zoo, but it’s a worthwhile trip, and makes for a good out-of-the-box date or outing with friends. Admission is $7.25 (for adults) and Continue »

Mesa Falls

One of the most beautiful as well as accessible waterfalls around, Mesa Falls is about an hour’s drive from Rexburg (45 miles).  Mesa Falls is actually two waterfalls: The Upper Falls is more famous, and has a walkway that provides a close up view, while the Lower Falls can be seen from a scenic overlook Continue »

The Sand Bar

The Sand Bar in St. Anthony is a little public park next to the river.  It’s called the Sand Bar because there’s  a strip of sand (that I assume was imported from the Sand Dunes) along the bank of the river.  There’s a diving board and a water slide, and best of all it’s free! Continue »

Beaver Dick Park

Just 5 miles outside of town is a free campground called Beaver Dick Park.  Beaver Dick Park is a popular gathering place among college students, for bon-fires, camping, and water sports. Facilities The park’s facilities include: fire pits, a children’s playground, volleyball nets, bathrooms, and a boat dock.  Its position next to the river makes Continue »

“R” Mountain

The famous ‘R’ Mountain (officially called the North Menan Butte) is just west of Rexburg, and can easily be seen from campus.  A popular hike among students, “R Mountain” also holds the title for the world’s largest tuff cones. Interesting fact:  The Menan Buttes were formed thousands of years ago, when a volcano erupted directly Continue »

Camus Wildlife Refuge

Camus National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful area for bird-watching or site-seeing.  Consisting mainly of lakes and marshes, it  is home to a variety of birds and wild life.  During the peak times of migration (March to April, as well as October) there are tens of thousands of birds within the refuge.  The Park is Continue »