Here’s a way to take your sweetheart on a different romantic getaway.
It’s secluded. It’s beautiful. It’s far out.
It’s a snowshoeing trek into the winter wonderland of Castle Rocks State Park, south of Burley. It’s being sponsored by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
Beats the traditional dinner in town.
The park is offering a recreational package for couples on Feb. 14 that includes snowshoeing (guide and equipment provided), one night stay in the Lodge, Smoky Mountain Yurt or Bunkhouse at the park, and an evening dip at Durfee Hot Springs. Space is limited and reservations are required.
The package price starts at $100 ($50 per person double occupancy required).
Snowshoeing will begin at 11 a.m. at the Castle Rocks Ranch House with the event concluding at 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided and special valentine amenities will be given.
For reservations and package prices, contact Juanita Jones at (208) 824-5916.
Castle Rocks State Park is a 1,440-acre park with dramatic granite spires, mountain scenery. Most visitors see the park and nearby City of Rocks National Reserve in the summer months.
But in the winter, the area takes on a entirely different view that few ever see.
The park is a diverse landscape with geological features that date back 2.5 million years.
It also has remnants of Native American and California Trail and ranching history.
But what is really impressive are the rock formations and sage country covered with snow.
For more information about the park go to parksandrecreation.idaho.gov and search for Castle Rocks State Park.
The park is reached by taking Interstate 84 east past Burley to the Declo exit. Head south to Declo and continue on Idaho 77. You’ll go through the towns of Albion and Elba to Almo. The park is about 50 miles south of Burley in Cassia County.
Expect about a 5-hour drive from the Treasure Valley.
Photo provided by Wallace Keck