Near Bliss in Gooding County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Woody's Cove / The Hagerman Valley
This deep, basalt canyon was formed similar to Malad Gorge – by a retreating cataract, a huge waterfall. About four million years ago, local volcanoes spewed enormous amounts of lava over the area. Then, about one million years ago, runoff from rain and melt water from a nearby glacier flowed over the area. Following zones of weakness in the fractured volcanic rock, the forceful water formed this canyon. The great Bonneville Flood of 15,000 years ago and other major floods also contributed to the formation of canyons such as this along the Snake River.
The Hagerman Valley
Spreading below the steep canyon walls of Malad Gorge State Park along the Snake River lies the beautiful Hagerman Valley. Approximately 20 miles long and from 1/4 to 4 miles wide, the valley features outstanding free flowing springs from the Snake River Aquifer. With mild winters and clean, abundant water, the Hagerman Valley is home to many fish hatcheries and commercial trout farms.
Location. 42° 51.273′ N, 114° 52.866′ W. Marker is near Bliss, Idaho, in Gooding County. Marker can be reached from Ritchie Road 0.4 miles north of County Road E2350S. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Malad Gorge Unit of Thousand
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of the Malad River (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Malad Springs (approx. 1½ miles away); Formation of Malad Gorge (approx. 1½ miles away); Fossil Beds (approx. 2.8 miles away); Salmon Falls (approx. 7.7 miles away); Thousand Springs (approx. 7.7 miles away); Fishing Falls (approx. 9.9 miles away); Payne's Ferry (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bliss.
Also see . . .
1. Malad Gorge - Thousand Springs State Park. (Submitted on February 4, 2014.)
2. Malad Gorge Self-Guided Tour Brochure. (Submitted on February 4, 2014.)
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