Nearest Town: Twin Falls
Site Size: 53 miles one way
Directions: I-84 Exit #182, SW on US 30; (S) on Rock Ck Rd (3800 E) (G3); zero odometer; at mi 7.1, 15.4, 17 and 21 are pull-outs for birding; mi 28, pavement ends; park here at Diamondfield Jack; Dec-June, backtrack to Hansen; July-Nov, backtrack 1.3 mi and turn L (NW) on Rogerson Rd (FR 500); zero odometer; go 8 mi to Shoshone Basin Wildlife Ponds on N side of rd; mi 9 stop at Brockman’s Hummingbird Feeding Station (banding); mi 20.3 L (W) at corrals; mi 25.3 is US 93; head N to Twin Falls or S and W to Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir (see map). Get USFS and BLM travel maps.
Description: The South Hills have nesting Northern Goshawk. In spring, Sharp-tailed and Greater Sage-Grouse leks can be viewed. The highlight of this region is the South Hills Crossbill, an endemic form of the Red Crossbill. Look amongst lodgepole pines in the Shoshone Basin area. Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir can provide some interesting waterbirds during migration. Plan at least a full day to explore this area and bring food, water, extra clothes, and a spare tire.
Sawtooth National Forest (208) 737-3200
Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce (208)733-3974