Cress Creek Nature Trail

Cress Creek Nature Trail is a self-guided interpretative trail that highlights the unique natural characteristics of eastern Idaho. The 18 interpretative signs discuss topics ranging from the geologic features that can be seen from the trail such as volcanoes, to the vegetation found in the surrounding wet and dry environments.

photo: Cress Creek. Photo by Sarah Wheeler. Type: Nature Trail
Length: 1.10 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Snake River, about 20 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho
States: Idaho
Counties: Bonneville, Jefferson
Latitude: 43.65915   Longitude: -111.71822

About 20 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho

From Idaho Falls, take the North Yellowstone Highway north through town. Follow Highway 26 northeast towards Ririe and Jackson. About 3 miles past the Ririe turnoff, follow the signs to Heise. Bear right after crossing a large irrigation canal. Cross the Snake River and turn left immediately onto the gravel road headed towards Rexburg. 1.25 miles on the right side of the road is the trailhead parking area.

Description

Cress Creek Nature Trail is a self-guided interpretative trail that highlights the unique natural characteristics of eastern Idaho. The 18 interpretative signs discuss topics ranging from the geologic features that can be seen from the trail such as volcanoes, to the vegetation found in the surrounding wet and dry environments.


During a visit to Cress Creek Nature Trail you may see deer, moose, rabbits, small lizards, and eagles. While traveling through dryer desert environments along the trail, the expansive cottonwood forests are easily viewed below along the South Fork of the Snake River.


The trail attracts many local visitors and is especially popular with school groups (the idea of an interpretive trail was first proposed to the BLM by school teachers from the local town of Ririe). The BLM website has a map, virtual tour, downloadable student quiz with answer key and more. Interpretive programs are available to school and scout groups subject to availability.

Additional Details

Width: 50 inches.
Primary Surface: Concrete
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 4%
Elevation Low Point: 5,020
Elevation High Point: 5,319
Year Designated: 2005

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: BLM - Cress Creek Brochure
Website: Visit Idaho - trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Eastern Idaho Visitor Center
630 Broadway
Idaho Falls , ID 83402
(208) 523-1012
cdeets@blm.gov
http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/upper_snake/recreation_sites_/cress_creek_na

Trail Management:
Monica Zimmerman
Bureau of Land Management
1405 Hollipark Dr.
Idaho Falls , ID 83401
(208) 524-7552
monica_zimmerman@blm.gov
http://id.blm.gov/

 

Photos

Cress Creek. Photo by Sarah Wheeler.

Cress Creek. Photo by Sarah Wheeler.

Future rangers listening to Smokey. Photo by Sarah Wheeler.

Future rangers listening to Smokey. Photo by Sarah Wheeler.

 

Early forest fire education. Photo by Sarah Wheeler.

Early forest fire education. Photo by Sarah Wheeler.

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