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If you’re interested in history, several Idaho State Parks offer fascinating glimpses into our ancient and recent past. Whether the subject is Native Americans, the Oregon Trail and early pioneers, World War II and Nazi prisoners of war, Idaho history or even ghost towns, Idaho State Parks will engage and enlighten you.

ParkHistorical significanceOvernight
Farragut State ParkLargest World War II Naval base and Nazi POW camp, museum and interpretive areasyes
Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State ParkWorld class history museum - Sacred Encounters; Coeur d'Alene tribal history; Idaho's oldest buildingno
Castle Rocks State ParkNative American gathering place; Idaho ranching historyyes
City of Rocks National ReserveEmigrant wagon trail; Native American gathering placeno
Harriman State ParkEarly Idaho ranchingyes
Hells Gate State Park Nez Perce villageyes
Heyburn State ParkOldest state park in Idaho; Civilian Conservation Corps buildingsyes
Land of the Yankee Fork State ParkEarly Idaho mining; ghost towns; museumno
Massacre Rocks State ParkEmigrant trail and Native Amercian conflicts; Register Rock with historic and interpretive areas nearbyyes
Thousand Springs State ParkGeologic interpretive area; early Idaho agriculture; dairy, Oregon Trailno
Three Island Crossing State ParkOregon Trail river crossing site; with Oregon Trail education center yes

Visit these Idaho state parks for exceptional History opportunities:

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