The Mini-Cassia area is full of places for sightseeing with everything from natural wonders to historical monuments. The Snake River was very influential in the development of the area and the scenery and landmarks along its waters tell its story. The Minidoka Dam was built on the river in 1906 and was the first hydroelectric power plant in the Northwest. This helped to form Lake Walcott, 12 miles northeast of Rupert, which is the heart of Lake Walcott State Park and the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge. The Snake River hosts such special events as the Idaho Boat Regatta and Idaho Spudman Triathlon. Other points of interest along the river are Milner Dam, Caldron Linn Channel, Snake River Canyon and Shoshone Fallsknown as the "Niagara of the West."
Unique geological features and rock formations can be viewed at the City of Rocks with its granite spires up to 70 stories high, Massacre Rocks State Park where you can navigate narrow rock passages from Oregon Trail times, and Craters of the Moon National Monument featuring a field of lava. 25 miles west of Twin Falls along the Snake River is the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument where zebra-like horse fossils were found in the 1930s.
The area also boasts a variety of distinguished cultural activities. There are several historical museums in both countries, the Herrett Center for the Arts and Sciences and the King Fine Art Center. Theaters and opera houses feature plays and musical performances that provide residents and visitors with a dose of culture to enrich the mind.
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