Jan 17, 2012
Day Trip: Celebration Park
This archeological park is one of my favorite nearby locations. Over 17,000 years ago, Lake Bonneville flooded, leaving massive boulders throughout this Snake River canyon. Around 10,000 years ago, petroglyphs were pounded into those rocks. I like to go there, find a big warm rock, and soak up the atmosphere. On one side are deeply-chiseled cliffs and on the other the beautiful Snake River. The park is home to Guffey Bridge, an 1897 railroad crossing constructed to reach the rich silver mines in the Owyhee Mountains. After being abandoned in 1947, it survived a rocky path to preservation. Today there is a walking path across the river and we always take time to enjoy the view. As if that's not enough, Celebration Park lies on the western edge of The Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, so birdwatching on the drive out and back is always great.