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Malad Gorge

Stroll on the edge of a basalt canyon with streaming waterfalls, with just a short side trip from the interstate.

Hiking Easy

3 km
112 m
112 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
972 m
High Point
996 m
Malad Gorge Map

In a short detour from Interstate 84, you can see a dramatic canyon that tumbles with waterfalls. In this small unit of Thousand Springs State Park (entrance fee required) the Malad River tumbles through a tight gorge and meets a gushing spring on its way to the Snake River, which awaits out of sight downstream.


From the parking lot beside the freeway, take an easy but sun and wind-exposed stroll along the rim of the gorge. You'll first cross a footbridge that parallels the interstate, overlooking a stair-step waterfall within a corridor of vertical basalt. Continue along a paved path to find interpretive signs at another viewpoint, and go beyond that for a dirt trail with unprotected access to the edge.

You can continue along the rim, then cross a narrowing peninsula of rock to find a view over the voluminous natural spring––a pool of clear blue amid an amphitheater of stone. Just a little farther on, you'll see a hydroelectric dam at the confluence of canyons. From that point you can go no further, so you'll turn around and enjoy a different angle on the views heading back to the start.



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly