On the face of it, Massacre Rocks State Park might not sound like the most inviting place to visit. But don't let the grisly-sounding name put you off checking out this beautiful Idaho State Park, as it offers some spectacular natural scenery and the chance to enjoy a host of outdoor recreational activities.
Massacre Rocks is a well-known configuration of boulders that sits on the southern bank of the Snake River, and was named as such by 19th-century emigrants who feared being ambushed by Native Americans when passing through the area.
Today, this state park, located around 200 miles north of Salt Lake City, draws visitors from across Idaho and places further afield. Miles of hiking trails wind their way throughout the park and offer access to an extensive range of plant and bird species, impressive geological formations and some fascinating slices of Oregon Trail history.
Rock climbers are drawn to the region by the promise of an array of challenging climbing routes, while the mighty Snake River is a sight to behold for visitors young and old. Massacre Rocks State Park also includes a world-class disc golf course, fishing and picnicking opportunities, kayak rentals, a museum and a visitor center.
If you want to stay for a night or three, the park boasts four cabins and more than 40 campsites. While pets aren't permitted in Massacre Rocks State Park cabins, they are welcome on all campsites.
You'll need to keep your canine companion on a leash of six feet or less during your stay, and ensure that your dog is always under control. Cleaning up after your pooch and taking steps to ensure that they're never a nuisance to other park users is also essential.
With these important responsibilities taken care of, you and your pet are free to enjoy a relaxing camping getaway in this beautiful and fascinating part of the world.