Out in the blasted, treeless region that brought you Craters of the Moon National Monument lies Shoshone Ice Caves. Visitors are greeted by a looming dinosaur statue, ridden by a hairy caveman. A three-story high Native American, Chief Wasakie, watches your car while you take the tour.
These caves are one of the natural wonders of the world. Trained guides explain the geologic, volcanic, and historical background in these large lava ice caves. A museum contains Indian artifacts, gems, and minerals of local and world interest. The only town along this stretch of road, Shoshone is a ranching and railroad center that marks the junction of Hwy-75 with US-93. Some of its buildings have been constructed from local volcanic rock, and though it’s a fairly timeworn place, Shoshone looks great at sunset, when its steel water tower glows.
Their constant 50° temperatures do make a pleasant contrast to the often scorching summer heat.
Located 16 miles north of Shoshone on US Hwy. 93.
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May through September 8am to 7:15pm. Tours available daily.
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Shoshone Indian Ice Center