Upper Snake Field Office

Cress Creek Nature Trail 

geocache emblemAlong the scenic South Fork of the Snake River, the 1¼-mile Cress Creek Nature Trail interprets life in the area as it is now and as it was long ago.  The trail climbs through sagebrush-grass communities, over juniper-covered slopes, and along a lush perennial creek.  The watercress plant, a favorite food of moose, gives the creek its name.    

If you hike quietly you may see deer, rabbits, small lizards, or possibly an eagle or a moose.  When skies are clear, prepare for an expansive view of the Snake River, volcanoes and surrounding farmland.  

view of Cress Creek Trail and parking lot from trailside above

 
The Cress Creek web tour
 previews or re-creates
 your hike.

The nature trail is self-guided, with interpretive signs along the way.  The first ½-mile is wheelchair-accessible.

 

Location & driving directions

About 20 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, Idaho  
From Idaho Falls, take the North Yellowstone Highway north through town.  Follow Highway 26 northeast towards Ririe and Jackson.  About 3 miles past the Ririe turnoff, follow the signs to Heise.  Bear right after crossing a large irrigation canal.  Cross the Snake River and turn left immediately onto the gravel road headed towards Rexburg.  1¼ miles on the right side of the road is the trailhead parking area. 

A conservation easement from the Bybee Family, funded by the Land & Water Conservation Fund and facilitated by The Nature Conservancy as part of the Snake River Land Conservation Partnership, allowed the BLM to add a segment to this trail. 

Guided walks are available for school and civic groups. Contact Chris Deets at 523-1012 for more information. Please give two weeks advance notice to ensure staff availability.


Northwest view from Cress Creek Nature Trail (South Fork of the Sanke River)