Here are a few hidden secrets that you will want to experience this summer at BYU-Idaho. If you think there is “Nothing fun to do here” think again…
1. The Sand Bar
Where else would have a diving board & a water slide into the Snake River? Plenty of fun for you and your friends.
Address: South 3rd East near 1st South, Saint Anthony
2. Dam Marathon
5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon and so much more!
3. Big Juds
Get yourself a famous 1 lb hamburger if you think you can handle it.
Address: 411 W 7800 S Rexburg, Idaho 83440
4. Civil Defense Caves
Cut open your glow sticks & play some ‘hide and go seek’.
From Rexburg, go North (Past Walmart) on the Salem Highway about 16.5 miles from the north Rexburg interchange. On the right side of the road there will be a yellow pile of rocks indicating the turn off. Turn right there. It’s about five miles to the caves from the turn off. On the dirt road, you will come to a fork in the road. Make sure you stay left.
There were, at one point, cement markers that looked somewhat like headstones which marked the way. One was right off the main road, and the other was at the fork, indicating to go left.
5. Teton Vu Drive-in Movie Theater
Some of the best food in Rexburg & you bring your own seat. Doesn’t get any more comfortable then a truck bed!
6. Packsaddle Lake
One of the hidden secrets tucked away in the Teton Valley. Splash into the crystal clear water on the tree swing or the creative diving board.
Directions: Take Highway 20 east out of Rexburg. Near Sugar City, take Highway 33 east towards Driggs for about 25 miles. As you start to enter and descend into Teton Valley, leave Highway 33 by turning right at the Echo Ranch sign. Follow the gravel road for 5 miles. You will come to a place where the road makes a 90 degree turn toward the east. At the turn there is a road heading into the trees with a sign. This is the trail head and where you can park your car. Don’t block the gate.
7. Monkey Rock
Have a picnic, sunbathe and enjoy the waterfall. If you need an adrenaline rush jump off the bridge a couple hundred yards past. Have a fire at night with your friends.
Directions: From Rexburg take Hwy 20 going east. Turn right on 300 north. The turn is right after the St. Anthony south exit sign. You will go over some railroad tracks. Continue on this road through a few stop signs, the road will begin to curve left. At the “T” take a right. A little ways down the road on the right side you will find Monkey Rock. Keep going past Monkey Rock till the road ends. Park in the parking lot before the bridge.
Drive Time: About 20 min
Other: Monkey rock is a perfect place for fires, swimming and hanging with friends.
Caution (Please Read): The bridge is pretty safe to jump off but be careful jumping off the rocks at Monkey Rock. There are boulders beneath the surface of the water. Upstream from monkey rock there is a concrete water canal. The canal angles down under the bridge. Because of underwater currents, if you go on this side there is a chance of getting stuck under the bridge. Do not go on the slide, people have died here in the past.
8. Yellowstone National Park
Each year, millions of people come to Yellowstone National Park to discover grizzly bears and eagles, geysers and mud pots, forests and lakes, and historic cabins and prehistoric sites. We hope you will have fun, make lifelong memories, and enjoy this special place.
9. Mesa Falls
On the edge of Yellowstone get ready for a beautiful walk with some amazing scenery!
Directions: From Ashton, drive north on Hwy 47 for about 15 miles to the signed turnoff for Upper Mesa Falls (0.7 miles past Lower Mesa Falls). From West Yellowstone, drive south for 35 miles on Hwy 20 to Hwy 47 (signed for Mesa Falls). Drive about 13 miles on Hwy 47 to the signed turnoff for Upper Mesa Falls. There will be a parking fee that is $3-$5 per car.
10. Fun Farm Bridge
Need a little adrenaline rush? This is the perfect place for you. Jump off the bottom and work your way up to the top. Be careful though…
Directions: Get on Highway 20, going North towards St. Anthony. 2.8 miles past the St. Anthony exit, there is a brown sign on the right side of the road labeled “Fun Farm Bridge.” Turn left here. Follow this road for a short distance and then turn left onto 2650 E. Rd. After turning, the bridge will be right in front of you. You can’t miss it!
11. Hike R Mountain
Get a great view of the valley with this casual hike.
Directions: From Rexburg head West on Hwy 33 to Mile Marker 71. About a quarter-mile past MM 71, turn left on East Butte Rd. Go south for approx. 1 mile, then turn right on Twin Butte Rd and head west to a paved parking area and trail head.
12. Rexburg & Rigby Rodeo
Perfect opportunity to throw on your cowboy hat! Look out for the rodeo dates coming soon.
13. Rexburg Rapids
Rexburg’s one and only water park.
14. Jackson Hole
It might take you a while to find the hole… but it’s there.
15. Slip N’ Slide Party at Egin Lake
Get together with 1,000+ college students on Egin Lake, next to the sand dunes, and get ready for a fun time! Volleyball, skim boarding, music, and of course, the Slip N’ Slide.
16. Ice Caves
If you can handle tight spaces and a good adventure, this is right up your ally.
Head north out of town, as if you’re driving to the sand dunes. The turn off is just approximately 28 miles past Walmart (when I drove it, my odometer said exactly 28.2 miles). You will know you have arrived at the turn-off when you cross over a cattle guard (a big grated metal thing that crosses the road), and see a white sign on the right side of the road that says, “Entering Clark County.”
This turnoff goes diagonally northeast. Continue on this dirt road for approximately 3.3 miles. Driving 5-10 mph, it should take about 30 minutes to get there. Going a little faster (around 15mph) you can probably do it in 20 minutes. Keep your eyes open for a gaping hole in the ground. If you aren’t careful, you could very well drive right into the hole, which is at least a 20-foot sheer drop. Climb down into the hole and you should see the cave entrance.
17. Rexburg Farmers Market
Take part in this fun community event. Amazing food, art, produce, and more.
18. Huntsman Springs Firework Show
In Driggs you will find one of the most amazing firework shows in the area. Beautiful scenery, fun street food, music, and more.
19. Melaleuca Freedom Celebration
Said to be one of the biggest and best firework shows west of the Mississippi River. Get there early to make sure you have a place to sit.
20. Shoot guns in some remote place
Idaho was meant to have guns. Find some friends that have them and find a remote place to shoot guns and enjoy the scenery. PLEASE USE GUN SAFETY!
21. Chiz’s Cougar Cave
A local hot spot with amazing food.
Address: 245 N 2nd W, St Anthony, ID 83445
22. FREE Fisherman’s Lunch
We all love free food, right? Fun food, music, fly fishing lessons and so much more.
23. Fish The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River.
People travel all over the world to fish the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Learn how to fly fish or throw a worm on your hook and you won’t be disappointed!
24. Cable Factory
Perfect place to wakeboard, paddle board, and swim all summer long! More info
25. Hike Table Rock
One of the most breathtaking hikes in this area.
26. Find a hidden place to call your own!