Fall can be one of the best times to explore the Snake River Valley with colors popping all around us.
One gem tucked along the Snake River, south of Boise, is Three Island Crossing State Park.
The shrubs and trees lining the Snake River at the park are just starting to change color this time of year.
Three Island Crossing State Park is located in Glenn’s Ferry, near the halfway point from Boise to Twin Fall’s, is a popular recreation site for camping and open year-round with 8 cabins available to rent, but that’s not all…
“People come to the park thinking that all we have here is camping, there’s much more to the pack than just camping. there’s a lot of history to the area,” says Park Manager Nita Moses.
Three Island Crossing is where pioneers chose to cross the Snake River along the Oregon Trail.
The history is captured well in the Oregon Trail History and Education Center. The museum features a self-guided tour and helps visitors understand what it was really like to cross the Snake River before Glenn’s Ferry was established.
One of Nita’s favorite parts about working at Three Island Crossing is hearing stories of ancestors who crossed through there while on the Oregon Trail.
She says, “Meeting all of the people from all over the world and hearing their stories there’s a lot of people that come here whose families were part of the Oregon Trail and they were pioneers who crossed the country and then there are a lot of people who come here from other countries to learn about the Oregon Trail.”
The Oregon Trail History and Education Center is now operating on winter hours, they’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 4 pm.
A side note, Nita gave us special permission to fly the STEM Action Drone at the park, drones are otherwise not allowed.