Local Area Attractions
The Montpelier Creek KOA is a great basecamp to see all the Southeast Idaho area attractions from discovering Bear Lake, having lunch in Jackson Hole, to digging for fish fossils near Kemmerer, WY - we can keep you and your family for a week or more!
The National Oregon/California Trail Center
Here you will have the most fun you have ever had learning history. Ride a computer controlled covered wagon, journey the trails with living history interpreters, see and touch the tools and artifacts of the pioneers and enjoy a campfire in the beautiful evening setting of the historic Clover Creek Encampment. For more information, visit The Trail Center online or call 1-800-448-BEAR.
Bear Lake Hiking and Biking
As spring makes its way into Bear Lake, early leaves and flowers welcome you as you ride or walk a lake or mountain trail. Temperatures are mild, even during the middle of the summer, so hiking is pleasant. The fall months of September and October are some of the prettiest and most scenic with the brightly colored leaves and the tranquility of the lake.
Fossil Butte National Park and Fossil Digging Near Kemmerer, WY
Visit Fossil Butte National Park
Some of the world's best preserved fossils are found in the flat-topped ridges of southwestern Wyoming's cold sagebrush desert. Fossilized fishes, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and mammals are exceptional for their abundance, variety, and detail of preservation. Most remarkable is the story they tell of ancient life in a sub-tropical landscape.
Plan your trip to Fossil Basin where you can unearth your very own fossil fish!
'Dig-your-own' fossil quarries are located in the hills surrounding ancient Fossil Lake, just west of Kemmerer and Diamondville. This 52-million-year-old limestone graveyard preserves an entire paleoecosystem, including fish, turtles, crocodiles, insects, mammals, birds and over 200 leaves.
Lava Hot Springs
Lava Hot Springs, Idaho is located 45 minutes west of Montpelier and offers many family activities. Visit the Olympic Hot Pool with climbing wall and water slides, relax in the famous hot springs or take a wild tube ride on the Portneuf River! See www.lavahotsprings.org for more information.
Zipline in Lava Hot Springs
Lava’s best zipline adventure with several thousand feet of riding through the canyon on steel cables. Zipping is really quite easy; the guides will help you with fitting your harness and attaching trolley to the line each time you zip. There is very little for you to do, just sit back and enjoy the ride.
The historic Paris LDS Tabernacle in Paris, Idaho was completed by Mormon pioneers in 1889. It was designed by Don Carlos Young, and is an impressive building made of red sandstone quarried from Indian Creek on the east side of Bear Lake.
Tours are conducted during the summer, with frequent organ recitals.
Mid-town on east side of U.S. Highway 89, Paris, Idaho • Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9:30 am to 5 pm
Ulrich's Fossil Tours
Ulrich’s Fossil Gallery features some of the finest prepared fossil fish specimens ever found. Fish fossils from Ulrich’s Quarry reside in museums worldwide, yet they are also available to the public for sale, in fossil preparation kit form, or as a dig-for-your-own adventure with a member of our staff. For more information, please contact Carl or Shirley Ulrich at the Fossil Gallery.
Suitable for all ages (except small children) our quarry digs are exciting and rewarding. There is nothing that quite compares with the thrill of uncovering a 60 million year old fossil!