Most visitors pull into the parking lot at Malad Gorge State Park, take the short walk to the footbridge, look at the river, and get back into their cars and leave.
There's more to the park than that. The North Rim Trail, which can be reached if you keep walking past the footbridge, takes you over to Alcove Lake, another canyon in the park.
Malad Gorge can be seen from I-84, and a lot of motorists don't take the time to get off the freeway and check things out.
It's a good place to stretch your legs, have a picnic and see some of the state's wildest geology. And, it's a great place for the family. Just hold on to the kids.
How to get there: Drive east from Boise on I-84 and take the Exit 147 at Tuttle. Follow the signs to the park entrance.
Open to: Hikers.
Ideal for: Families.
Trailhead elevation: Footbridge, 3,255 feet; GPS 42¡ 52.042N; 114¡ 51.284W.
Destination elevation: Alcove Lake, 3,253 feet; GPS 42¡ 52.091N; 114¡ 51.682W.
Length: About a mile.
Out and back or loop: Out and back.
Wildlife you might see: Rabbits, hawks, songbirds.
Notes/bathrooms: Restrooms, picnic tables and interpretative signs are in the area. Keep a good hold on your kids. There are cliffs with big dropoffs. Fee: $4 per motor vehicle.
Information: (208) 837-4505.