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Massacre Rocks Snapshot

Location
10 miles W of American Falls, ID
36 miles W of Pocatello, ID
83 miles W of Idaho Falls, ID
201 miles E of Boise, ID
198 miles N of Salt Lake City, UT
 
Acreage
990
 
Elevation
4,400
 
Open
Year-round 
 
Overnight
42 servied (1 ADA); 4 cabins
 
Amenities
Showers, flush toilets, dump station
 
Boating
Ramps and docks for day-use
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, play disc golf, mountain bike, cycle, fish, boat, birding, botany, motorized and non-motorzed boating, water sports, basketball
 
Groups
Shelters and campsites for large groups
 
Trails
Hike, bike
 
Wildlife
Canada geese, grebes, bald eagles, pelicans, blue herons, cottontail and jack rabbit, coyote, muskrat, beaver
 
Learn
Historic and interpretive areas, nature programs
 
Nearby
Minidoka Falls, Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, Rupert Country Club golf course, Rupert Historic District, Minidoka County Historical Museum
 
Rent or buy
Nature Store with disc golf supplies for sale
 
WiFI
Yes, all campgrounds and cabins
 
GPS coordinates
Lat. 42.675 | Long. 113.48306
 
 

Register Rock, located two miles from the park, is home to a huge boulder that holds the signatures of Oregon Trail emigrants who stopped for an evening of rest before continuing on their journeys.

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Welcome to Massacre Rocks State Park

Located on the mighty Snake River, Massacre Rocks State Park is rich in history and full of year-round recreation.  

Miles of hiking trails provide access to a bounty of plant and bird species, Oregon Trail history and geologic wonders. Rock climbers enjoy numerous climbing routes  A world-class disc golf course provides golfers with one of the most challenges courses in Idaho.   A scenic picnic area surrounds Register Rock, where emigrant name are inscribed, creating a desert oasis for the modern traveler. Remnants of the Oregon Trail are seen easily from either end of the park.

Disc Golf at Massacre Rocks

A new disc golf course has been developed and is now open for play at Massacre Rocks State Park. The course is a challenging course and will offer disc golfers a much different golfing experience than the typical disc golf course that is found throughout Idaho. The course is situated in a Juniper, sagebrush area and features narrow fairways, elevation drops and rises and even has several holes that golfers will be throwing over significant ravines to get to the basket. The slogan for this new disc golf course is: “It ain't your momma’s disc golf course”. 

The course is accessed from the parking lot at the fishing access picnic area and the front-nine holes are situated west of the parking lot and the back-nine holes are situated east of the parking lot. 

Massacre Rock Fees

 

 

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

$22-$38 per night

Standard camp site

$14 per night

Cabins

$50 per night

 
Fees do not include sales tax  

 


View from Massacre Rocks cabin, with a little history

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Cabins rent for $50 per night each. The one-room cabins sleep up to five on bunk beds and futons. Cook outside on the grill-covered fire pit. The cabins are powered, heated and air conditioned. Click to reserve.


History of Massacre Rocks

Massacre Rocks derived its name from emigrant wagon party skirmish with Indians. Register Rock, located two miles from the park, is home to a huge boulder that holds the signatures of Oregon Trail emigrants who stopped for an evening of rest before continuing on their journey. Today, Register Rock is a beautiful picnic area complete with shade trees, lawn, a horseshoe pitching area, restrooms, fire pits, and barbecue grills.

The park is rich in geological history. Volcanic evidence is everywhere. The Devil's Gate Pass is all that remains of an extinct volcano. The prehistoric Bonneville Flood shaped the landscape of the area, rolling and polishing the huge boulders found throughout the park. The flood was caused when eroding waters broke through Red Rock Pass near the Idaho/Utah border. Lake Bonneville, which covered much of what is today the state of Utah, surged through the pass and along the channel of the Snake River in a few short months. For a time, the flow was four times that of the Amazon River. It was the second largest flood in the geologic history of the world. 

 

 


Massacre Rocks State Park

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Massacre Rocks at 3592 N. Park Lane, American Falls, ID 83211

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The Idaho State Parks Passport: Providing Savings for 2013!

When implemented, the Idaho State Parks Passport will allow Idaho motorists to check "Yes!" to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker will allow participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Nightly discounts on camping
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 

Massacre Rocks Snapshot

Location
10 miles W of American Falls, ID
36 miles W of Pocatello, ID
83 miles W of Idaho Falls, ID
201 miles E of Boise, ID
198 miles N of Salt Lake City, UT
 
Acreage
990
 
Elevation
4,400
 
Open
Year-round 
 
Overnight
42 servied (1 ADA); 4 cabins
 
Amenities
Showers, flush toilets, dump station
 
Boating
Ramps and docks for day-use
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, play disc golf, mountain bike, cycle, fish, boat, birding, botany, motorized and non-motorzed boating, water sports, basketball
 
Groups
Shelters and campsites for large groups
 
Trails
Hike, bike
 
Wildlife
Canada geese, grebes, bald eagles, pelicans, blue herons, cottontail and jack rabbit, coyote, muskrat, beaver
 
Learn
Historic and interpretive areas, nature programs
 
Nearby
Minidoka Falls, Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge, Rupert Country Club golf course, Rupert Historic District, Minidoka County Historical Museum
 
Rent or buy
Nature Store with disc golf supplies for sale
 
WiFI
Yes, all campgrounds and cabins
 
GPS coordinates
Lat. 42.675 | Long. 113.48306
 
 

Register Rock, located two miles from the park, is home to a huge boulder that holds the signatures of Oregon Trail emigrants who stopped for an evening of rest before continuing on their journeys.

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Welcome to Massacre Rocks State Park

Located on the mighty Snake River, Massacre Rocks State Park is rich in history and full of year-round recreation.  

Miles of hiking trails provide access to a bounty of plant and bird species, Oregon Trail history and geologic wonders. Rock climbers enjoy numerous climbing routes  A world-class disc golf course provides golfers with one of the most challenges courses in Idaho.   A scenic picnic area surrounds Register Rock, where emigrant name are inscribed, creating a desert oasis for the modern traveler. Remnants of the Oregon Trail are seen easily from either end of the park.

Disc Golf at Massacre Rocks

A new disc golf course has been developed and is now open for play at Massacre Rocks State Park. The course is a challenging course and will offer disc golfers a much different golfing experience than the typical disc golf course that is found throughout Idaho. The course is situated in a Juniper, sagebrush area and features narrow fairways, elevation drops and rises and even has several holes that golfers will be throwing over significant ravines to get to the basket. The slogan for this new disc golf course is: “It ain't your momma’s disc golf course”. 

The course is accessed from the parking lot at the fishing access picnic area and the front-nine holes are situated west of the parking lot and the back-nine holes are situated east of the parking lot. 

Massacre Rock Fees

 

 

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

$22-$38 per night

Standard camp site

$14 per night

Cabins

$50 per night

 
Fees do not include sales tax  

 

View from Massacre Rocks cabin, with a little history

See video

 

Cabins rent for $50 per night each. The one-room cabins sleep up to five on bunk beds and futons. Cook outside on the grill-covered fire pit. The cabins are powered, heated and air conditioned. Click to reserve.

History of Massacre Rocks

Massacre Rocks derived its name from emigrant wagon party skirmish with Indians. Register Rock, located two miles from the park, is home to a huge boulder that holds the signatures of Oregon Trail emigrants who stopped for an evening of rest before continuing on their journey. Today, Register Rock is a beautiful picnic area complete with shade trees, lawn, a horseshoe pitching area, restrooms, fire pits, and barbecue grills.

The park is rich in geological history. Volcanic evidence is everywhere. The Devil's Gate Pass is all that remains of an extinct volcano. The prehistoric Bonneville Flood shaped the landscape of the area, rolling and polishing the huge boulders found throughout the park. The flood was caused when eroding waters broke through Red Rock Pass near the Idaho/Utah border. Lake Bonneville, which covered much of what is today the state of Utah, surged through the pass and along the channel of the Snake River in a few short months. For a time, the flow was four times that of the Amazon River. It was the second largest flood in the geologic history of the world. 

 

 

Massacre Rocks State Park

Javascript is required to view this map.
Massacre Rocks at 3592 N. Park Lane, American Falls, ID 83211

See video

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Providing Savings for 2013!

When implemented, the Idaho State Parks Passport will allow Idaho motorists to check "Yes!" to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker will allow participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Nightly discounts on camping
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.