Sunday, September 20, 2015

Hells Half Acre Trail, Atomic Museum and Post-War Testing


We took some unplanned stops on our way to Craters of the Moon National Monument. The first one was at a rest area on Highway 15 between Shelly and Blackfoot. The landscape changed abruptly and we could see people on a walking trail so we stopped to see what it was about. There were also geocaches there. This was Hell's Half Acre Trail.

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INL (Idaho National Laboratory) is an industrial and research complex in the area where there were post-war tests done. On Highway 26 there is an EBR-1 Atomic Museum, only open in the summer though. A little ways past there is a Big Lost River rest area with information boards about the testing. It was really interesting. There were geocaches there also.

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