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40 Photos Proving the Beauty of East Idaho

I moved to East Idaho a very long time ago and quite honestly, I don’t love the winters. It’s cold and windy. However, the rest of the year is really beautiful, with loads to do and amazing places to visit. People don’t believe me when I tell them Idaho really is beautiful, but here are 40 photos proving the beauty of East Idaho. Maybe you’re the first person I can convince.

While I haven’t actually lived in Idaho for a few years, I do go back to see family Β once or twice a year. I always find time to get out and see the nature and wildlife. It’s probably my favorite thing about Idaho, besides my family.

40 Photos Proving the Beauty of East Idaho

Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls is the second largest city in Idaho, but only has a population of about 57,000 people. The Snake River runs through the middle of town and provides some amazing photo opportunities. This first photo is actually a little outside of town, but on the river.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a temple right on the river. It is a striking structure against a beautiful backdrop.

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Idaho Falls was originally name Taylor’s Crossing (I just now found this out) and then changed to Eagle Rock in 1866. In 1891, the name changed once again to Idaho Falls, because of the falls that are in the photo below, also in the center of town.

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In the summer, Extreme Blue Thunder puts on a fantastic air show. Every other year or so, the Blue Angels participate and it’s such a treat to watch. I was raised as a child of a military man, so we were privileged to watch the Thunderbirds a lot. I still love them, but I love the Blue Angels too. The wonderful thing for me is that each year, I could watch from what used to be my house. I took this photo from my front yard.

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A beautiful butterfly.

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Gem State Kids Fishing Pond

There is a tiny fishing pond south of town in Shelley that has loads of birds. They even have bird boxes for nesting. I love watching the birds there.

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This is a Yellowheaded Blackbird.

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Idaho has 205 days of sun shine each year, on average. It makes for a fantastic backdrop for flying birds, like this osprey.

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A family of swans in the canal.

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Grays Lake

My husband’s family owns some land at a place called Grays Lake. When he was a boy he even participated in cattle drives to move that cattle from their winter home to Grays Lake. He also plowed a lot of fields.

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A lot of the structures are falling down from non-use now, but they are amazing models.

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Kelly Canyon

Kelly Canyon is a fun place to go for all sorts of outdoor activities. They have skiing, snowboarding, and swimming pools with huge slides. It’s also a great place to hike, hunt, pick berries (watch for the bears) and get a Christmas tree. It’s a beautiful place.

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Just watch out for the locals.

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Mesa Falls

Mesa Falls is a gorgeous place that is easy to get to and the landscape is incredible. Check out the rainbow.

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In the winter you can only get there with a snow machine. We went one winter and the snow was up to the top of the rails, about 3 feet high.

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Another beautiful view.

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My favorite photo from Mesa Falls.

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I even found a marmot model.

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And another one.

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Medicine Lodge

One of our favorite places in Idaho is Medicine Lodge. Our family has camped, hiked, fished and hunted there for years.

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The views are lovely.

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This is a sage grouse. If you enjoy bird photography, the males are something to see during mating season. Unfortunately, I’ve only seen photos, not taken any.

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This deer was so patient with me. I was able to get pretty close for this photo.

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I didn’t try to get close for this photo because of the fawns. I didn’t want to get my behind kicked.

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Medicine Lodge is also a summer grazing area for a lot of ranchers. I actually won a blue ribbon at the State Fair with this photo.

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The Mountain Bluebird is the state bird of Idaho. The mature male has that bright blue all over his body. This is either a female or a young male.

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Mackay

Mackay is a very small town that I’ve actually only been to one time, a few years ago. I was busy socializing with my dad and step-mom, so I didn’t take loads of photos. I took this one and liked it though.

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Island Park

I have only ridden a snow machine one time and it was in Island Park. We spent a fun, although expensive, weekend trying not to freeze. It was beautiful.

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In the summer, fishermen from around the world converge on the Henry’s Fork, pictured here, to catch all that they can. In the winter, the swans rule the roost.

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Big Springs

Another beautiful area in East Idaho is Big Springs. The water is so clear and you can see fish from the side or the bridge.

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We took our kids here a few times when they were young and had lots of fun.

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There a lot of areas to walk around and you can also fish and camp.

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Chesterfield

Have you heard of the Oregon Trail? It was the path the settlers took west to get to, guess where, Oregon. It runs through Chesterfield. There isn’t a lot there, but it certainly has some nice places to photograph.

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It also provides some funny reading material.

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Blacktail

We really love hiking at Blacktail. It’s full of scenery like this, has a big lake and wild animals too.

Actually, when my I was potty training my oldest daughter, we were at Blacktail when I told her we weren’t allowed to buy anymore diapers, so she would have to use the potty from then on. She was 2 1/2. I have no idea how that worked, but it did. Seriously. She never had an accident. Yay!

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This is my ever patient husband, waiting on me to finish taking the photos I wanted to take. Sometimes it takes me a long time and he almost always keeps a smile on his face.

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Idaho is a beautiful place, but sometimes the beauty isn’t classically beautiful. It’s more rough and rugged. If you decide to visit Idaho, be sure to bring some good hiking shoes and get out in nature and enjoy the best parts of the state. Maybe these 40 photos proving the beauty of East Idaho have inspired you.

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22 Comments

  • Reply Elaine Masters February 2, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    I’m convinced! How fun to experience the area with your husband and local expert. I too enjoy old buildings and photographing them. Would love to do a road trip around that region one day.

    • Reply ppadmin February 3, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Yes, he has taken me to some amazing places over the years. In Idaho and around the world. It’s been a grand adventure!

  • Reply Niki February 2, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    So pretty! I haven’t had the opportunity to leave the airport in ID yet, but hopefully, I can get out there this summer!

    • Reply ppadmin February 3, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      I hope you get to go. Summer is the best season to visit. I didn’t know people actually flew through Idaho. The airports are so small. Now I know.

  • Reply Stevo Joslin February 3, 2019 at 1:38 am

    The photos are amazing! I love the wide open spaces and the wildlife blending in together. Marmots, skunks, and cows! Oh my! And the no trespassing sign is as funny as it is a bit scary. Some friends of mine recently moved to Idaho, these pictures are making me want to visit them even more. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply ppadmin February 3, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you so much! You should visit your friends for sure. Be sure to get out of the cities when you visit. That’s where all the best stuff is.

  • Reply Vaisakhi Mishra February 3, 2019 at 11:22 am

    OMG! Mesa Falls and Island Park look so stunning!!! Have been planning to visit Boise and Shoshone Falls for almost 6-7 months now! You just made me add a ton of other places to that itinerary πŸ˜€ Loved your pictures of Blacktail also. Hiking there must have been an amazing experience πŸ™‚

    • Reply ppadmin February 3, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      They are all fantastic places. So much beauty. Hiking at Blacktail is always a fun time. Just bring lots of water.

  • Reply nicole February 3, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    WOW East Idaho is beautiful. I would have never guessed there would be so many falls. I think Mesa Falls is my favourite. Beautiful.

    • Reply ppadmin February 3, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      I really love Mesa Falls too. The scenery is so different in the area, depending on the direction you look.

  • Reply Fiona Maclean February 3, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    I really don’t think you need 40 images to convince anyone that Idaho is beautiful. I love the photos of the birds – especially the Osprey in flight. I love the shots of Idaho Falls. The US has so much more space than here in the UK…and there’s beauty everywhere!

    • Reply ppadmin February 3, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Haha! I wasn’t going to do 40 photos, but I was going through what must have been 5000 photos and that’s as far as I wanted to pare it down to. I’m so grateful for the open spaces in the US. It provides a lot of places to catch your breath and recharge. The UK has so really beautiful places though.

  • Reply Christopher Rudder February 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Idaho indeed is super Instagrammable! I wish you have a photo of that Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a temple by the river. Was looking for your post from top to bottom. Kelly Canyon seems the one that caught my attention. I wanna pick berries and oh my wish I don’t see bears πŸ™‚

    • Reply ppadmin February 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      The temple by the river is indeed beautiful. I would also not like to meet any bears while I’m picking there berries. I think that a lot in Alaska as well as Idaho.

  • Reply Claire February 4, 2019 at 8:31 am

    I’d never considered Idaho really as a destination before, but these photos are beautiful! The nature is quite lovely, and those skunks are so cute!! As well as all the other animals, it is worth visiting just for them!

    • Reply ppadmin February 4, 2019 at 1:02 pm

      It’s very beautiful in Idaho, as the pictures show. I would say to rent a car at the airport and just drive all over. You will find so many beautiful places beyond these.

  • Reply Milijana February 5, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    I love those marmots. So cute! Coming from Croatia, I have never seen marmots in nature. They are so adorable!

    And that funny reading material made me laugh so loud. So crazy, lol!

    Needless to say, nature in Idaho is so pretty,

    • Reply ppadmin February 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Idaho really is pretty. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for commenting. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kate February 5, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    These are incredible shots to showcase the beauty of Idaho. I also love the sense of humor that people in Chesterfield have. Plus they have the Oregon Trail claim to fame!

    • Reply ppadmin February 11, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you so much. It really is a beautiful state. I loved that sign too.

  • Reply sherianne February 5, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Sounds like a great spot for bird watching. I have never seen a Yellowheaded Blackbird, such a pretty bird! Mesa Falls is gorgeous. Is it known for having a rainbow in the spray or did you get lucky?

    • Reply ppadmin February 11, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      That is the only time I’ve seen one, so I think I was just lucky.

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