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More than 620,000 people – nearly 40 percent of Idaho's population – reside in the Boise City-Nampa metropolitan area. Boise’s parks and movie theaters, Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls and Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve are all tranquil popular destinations within driving distance of Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jaye Legate)
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Tranquil destinations

Posted 8/9/2012   Updated 8/9/2012 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Shane M. Phipps
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

8/9/2012 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- This is part two of a four-part series highlighting activities in the local area.

For many people, Idaho is synonymous with heart-pounding outdoor adventures like white-water rafting, mountain climbing and skiing. This region, however, also has an abundance of places that may not boost adrenaline levels but are sure to offer family-friendly relaxation.

Boise's parks and movie theaters, Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls and Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve are all tranquil popular destinations within driving distance of MHAFB.

"Boise is centered within many leisure activities for all to enjoy year round, from floating the Boise River in the summer to enjoying a day at the park or one of the movie theaters," explained Rich Satterthwaite, 391st Fighter Squadron unit program coordinator and resident of Boise for 14 years.

Located on the Boise River near downtown Boise, Ann Morrison Park has been a peaceful place for locals to relax since 1959.

According to, the 153-acre park features a distinctive spray fountain, gardens, Candy Cane Playground, tennis courts, lighted softball diamonds, soccer, cricket and football fields, as well as a picnic pavilion.

Three miles East of Twin Falls lies an attraction open year-round, the city's namesake, Shoshone Falls.

The website declares Shoshone Falls to be among the most spectacular of natural beauties along the Snake River. At 212 feet, the falls are higher than Niagara Falls. They are best viewed during the spring and early summer, when water flows are high -- depending on winter snow melt.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, near the small town of Arco, maintains an aesthetic beauty unique to this planet.

"The surface of the moon as seen through a telescope" is how geologist Harold T. Stearns described the area in 1923. The website,, states the awesome effects of volcanism are evident throughout Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. Over the past 15,000 years, lava eruptions created a rugged landscape that provides habitat for a surprising diversity of plants and animals in a high desert ecosystem.

The area surrounding the base offers a vast assortment of adventures waiting for any Airman to capitalize on.

"Take advantage of the many activities within the Treasure Valley and make your assignment at Mountain Home one of the best, filled with memories of what the Treasure Valley and the great state of Idaho have to offer," exclaimed Satterthwaite.

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