We headed out this morning to visit the National park service visitor center in Hagerman to check on the status of the fossil beds park. As we had heard on the news the park is currently closed indefinitely due to the damage caused by the wildfires. In Hagerman, we also ran across an encampment of firefighters who have been very busy in the area.
Next we decided to drive the Route 30 scenic byway between Hagerman and Twin falls. On this route, we first were able to see the fire damage to the Fossil Park. It was clear from the scorched hill sides that the fire was very intense.
Farther along the route there were numerous waterfalls that were created in the lava rock walls over thousands of years and created the current Snake River plain and allowed these falls to push out from the porous walls of the gorge.
This area is referred to as Magic valley and contains a rich and productive agricultural area that supplies food for the entire nation.