Gooding County, Idaho
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Gooding County, Idaho


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The County seat and largest city is Gooding. Gooding County is one of the largest trout producing areas in the United States. Gooding County is entirely on the Snake River Plain, north of the Snake River. The scenic Thousand Springs and the temperate weather of the City of Hagerman make tourism a significant industry with boat trips, fishing, and other water sports.

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, itself located on the west side of the Snake River in Twin Falls County, has its headquarters in Hagerman. Malad Gorge, a narrow canyon cut by the Wood River in the last few hundred thousand years, is a unique feature of southern Gooding County. Hagerman Fossil Beds is home to over two hundred different species of fossil plants and animals: including Sabertooth Cat, Mastodon, Bear, Camel, Ground Sloth, and many other species. Over 3,000 new fossil fragments are found each year.

The Malad River Canyon is 250 feet deep and 2.5 miles long. At Malad Gorge State Park, located right off Interstate 84, you can view the canyon and walk along the rim. The highway crosses over Malad Gorge, but the angle of view hides the deep gorge where the river cascades into Devil's Washbowl. Views of the gorge are best from the slender-but-sturdy bridge that arcs across the canyon. You can take a short hike to discover nearby fingers of the gorge where crystal clear springs produce ponds and streams. From the footbridge photographers delight in watching the interplay of light and shadows that consistently change the character of the craggy cliffs.

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