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Caribou-Targhee National Forest’s Cherry Springs Nature Area, amphitheater closed for renovations

By: - August 6, 2023 11:11 am
Cherry Springs Nature Area in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho

The Cherry Springs Nature Area includes a 2-mile nature trail that is paved and accessible. Users can enjoy numerous species of wildflowers, trees, and grass as they walk this route, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The route is shaded. Mink Creek runs through this area. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. (Courtesy of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest)

The Cherry Springs Nature Area and the Cherry Springs Amphitheatre have been closed for renovations funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service.

The nature area and amphitheater are located in southeastern Idaho’s Westside Ranger District in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

The closure, which began July 31, is expected to take six weeks to complete.

During the renovation, Cherry Springs Nature Area, including the parking lot, are closed to the public.

“We appreciate the public’s patience as we work through this project,” said Steve Jenkins, forest engineer. “Funding for this project was made available through the Great America Outdoor Act.”

The act, signed into law three years ago, has provided new opportunities for the U.S. Forest Service to fund major investments in infrastructure, recreation facilities, public lands access and land and water conservation.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior, since 2021, projects funded by the act have supported an average of 17,000 jobs and generated an average of $1.8 billion for local economies annually. For fiscal year 2024, the U.S. Department of the Interior proposed 56 projects across the country that are expected to support more than 17,500 jobs and generate over $1.9 billion for the economy.

For questions concerning the closure, reach out to Westside District Ranger Office at 208-236-7500.

For information on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, visit its website at, follow on Twitter, or like on Facebook.


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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.