Established in 1929, Grand Teton National Park is a spectacular view that everyone should see. Grand Teton National Park is so popular that it has over 4 million people visit each year. The park covers over 309,994 acres which is about 485 miles! The peaks of the Teton Range stand nearly 7,000 feet above the valley floor and the Grand, Middle, and South Tetons form the heart of the range. Today, the park encompasses both the Teton Range and much of Jack Hole. As you visit Grand Teton National Park, here are just a few sightseeing stops you should make along the way.
Grand Teton National Park’s Jackson Lake is the largest and most popular lake. People may say it’s because of the beautiful scenery, but others may say it’s because of the boating, fishing, and even sailing. Jackson Lake is one of the largest high altitude lakes in the United States and it’s the perfect vacation for you. Enjoy spending the day at the lake or stay overnight with the many different choices of lodging, groceries, and dining. The lake is accessible during both the summer and winter and is your next stop when visiting Grand Teton National Park.
If you want to go hiking in Grand Teton National Park, then this lake is for you! The Jenny Lake Look roundtrip is 7.5 miles and takes you around the entire beautiful lake. There are also four different trailheads you can venture down if you’re wanting to explore some more. From south to north, they include: Lupine Meadows, Jenny Lake, String Lake and Leigh Lake trailheads. After you hike, cool off by jumping in the cool crystal clear lake water. Don’t forget to bring a camera because you won’t see views like this everyday.
Visit some history as you’re driving through Grand Teton National Park. In 1997, the Mormon Row Historic District was added to the Nation Register of Historic Places as an Historic District. Today, two picturesque barns highlight Mormon Row. Photographers from all around the world stop by this iconic barn to capture the perfect picture with the Teton Range in the background.
If you are looking for the best location that truly highlights the breathtaking beauty of Grand Teton National Park, then Schwabacher’s Landing is your next stop. Enjoy watching the reflection of the Teton Mountains in the still water of the Snake River. The view is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. You can also watch wildlife, go rafting, or enjoy hiking along the banks of the river.
Colter Bay Village
Colter Bay Village is the perfect destination for your next vacation. While traveling through Grand Teton National Park, make sure to stop here. Stay the night in one of the mountain cabins right along the beautiful lake or sleep under the stars at one of the campgrounds. Enjoy the amazing view of the Tetons as you go kayaking, canoeing, and horseback riding. You can also check out the marina that has boat rentals so that you can spend the afternoon gliding along the crystal clear lake.
Surrounded by the beautiful mountains, rivers, and national parks, living in Rexburg Idaho has its perks. Not too far from Rexburg, you will find gems like Yellowstone, the Menan Buttes, Teton National Park, Island Park, and the Snake River. Those in the community love living here in Rexburg because of all of the amazing sites to see that are just a short distance away. However, living in the Rexburg community, we need to become aware of the possibility of radon gas seeping into our homes or apartments.
Here in Rexburg, The Village Apartments are the only apartments that have been checked and are being protected from radon. I know you’re all probably wondering, what is radon and why should I care about it. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and invisible gas. It is naturally occurring and comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil.
Is it Harmful?
Radon is something that we should all become better aware of. Although you wouldn’t think, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and causes more than 20,000 deaths each year in the United States. As radon gas particles break down, they release small bursts of energy that can damage lung tissue and may lead to lung cancer in some people.
Radon poisoning can occur when there are high concentrations of radon gas. Since radon is the #2 cause of lung cancer, radon poisoning symptoms resemble those of lung cancer. If you find yourself having a persistent cough, breathing difficulties, wheezing, hoarseness or recurring respiratory infections; you may want to seek medical help. There is no need to worry if you start having a cold or a cough, but these are all just cautionary warning symptoms to be aware of.
What’s the Link to Idaho?
Even if you haven’t heard of radon while living in Idaho, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be aware of radon and its effects. Studies show that radon is found in every county in Idaho. All across the state of Idaho, 40% of homes test high for radon. Each of these levels vary in homes depending on the location and type of construction.
Keep Yourself Safe
It is recommended that people should not be exposed to radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L. Here in the Madison County, radon levels show that 60% of the county have radon results of 4.0 pCi/L and above. In order to keep yourself safe, you may want to have your home or apartment tested. Testing is easy and can be inexpensive. You can find some test kits for as low as $9.95 and remember when testing to test in the lowest livable area of the home.
We want you to know that The Village Apartments are no ordinary apartment complex. Here at The Village, we took matters into our own hands by going through a tedious six-month process to have each and every apartment checked for radon. In doing so, we had 1 to 3 fans installed on each building for precautionary measures. These fans pull out radon from the ground and push it up and out of harms way. We can now say that all 207 units at The Village are protected and radon free.
We Care About You
Having our apartments here at The Village checked and protected from radon is something that we wanted to do to show our residents that we truly care for them. Radon levels are higher in the lowest livable area of a home; that’s potentially where your children and pets play and crawl. Here at The Village Apartments, we want you to know that we care about your quality of life, which is why all of our apartments are protected from radon. Our goal is to keep our residents safe and to offer them the best overall quality of living.
Rexburg is finally warm and its time to stay cool by getting in the water! There are plenty of ways to cool off in the blistering heat this summer. No more sitting in front of a fan inside, it’s time to get outside and actually enjoy the sun! Here are just a few different ways to beat the heat and stay cool this summer in Rexburg!
Float Warm Slough
Cool off this summer by getting in the water. If you’re in the mood for a relaxing, gentle tube ride, then Warm Slough is perfect for you! Get some friends and a couple of tubes and you’re all ready to go. Floating Warm Slough can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half depending on the current. Before floating, you can drive and park a car at the bottom or just walk back to the beginning. At the end of your float, you will find a sandy area that you can get out and walk back to your car. There are also a few campsites with fire pits and bathrooms if you want to spend the day there. Stay cool by floating Warm Slough!
Location: 4705 W 4000 N, Rexburg, ID 83440
Phelps Lake Cliff Jumping
Located in the southern end of Grand Teton National Park is the beautiful Phelps Lake. Many hikers, backpackers, and kayakers enjoy the surrounding trails and cool glacial waters. However, the highlight of Phelps Lake is the popular “Jumping Rock”. Phelps Lake is the perfect place to stay cool and cool off after a hot summer hike. Roundtrip from the trailhead to the rock and back is about 5 miles total. There are also campsites at the western end of the Lake if you want to spend the night.
Location: Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve
If you’re in the mood for a boat ride, then Blacktail Reservoir is the place to go! Find a friend that has a boat and spend the afternoon playing in the sun. You could go tubing, wake surfing, water skiing, and wakeboarding. You’ll have so much fun you won’t want to leave! Blacktail Reservoir also has a nice park area. It has bathrooms, fire pits, pavilions, docks, and parking. If you don’t have access to a boat, then rent a paddleboard or some kayaks, go explore and stay cool!
Location: Blacktail Day Use Area, Rigby,ID 83442
Packsaddle Lake is a hidden beauty up in the mountains. If you are in the mood for a short hike and an afternoon spent staying cool in the lake, then Packsaddle Lake is just for you! It’s about an hour drive from Rexburg, but it’s worth it. It’s best if you drive all the way to the top where the hike starts. The road is a little bumpy and rough, but if you take it slow and have 4-wheel drive then you should be fine. The hike is steep at first as you go downhill but then it levels out and it only takes about 15 minutes. There are places to camp and even a rope swing to jump off of!
Enjoy cooling off this summer by going to Rexburg’s very own waterpark. Rexburg Rapids has many different things for everyone to enjoy. Spend the afternoon lounging and playing in the pool, going down the waterslides, climbing up the rock wall, and jumping around the splash park. Grab a yummy snack at the concessions or relax on a tube by floating down the lazy river. Head to their website to see their park hours. Rexburg Rapids is the perfect place to stay cool this summer in the heat!
Location: 50 W 2nd N, Rexburg, ID 83440
Float the River in Lava Hot Springs
Stay cool by enjoying a hot summer day by floating the Portneuf River that flows right through the town of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. You can bring your own tubes, but we would suggest renting a sturdy tube. You can rent tubes that seat up to four people for the whole day or just a couple hours. The river is filled with rocks that create rapids. You’ll be in for a fun ride, just make sure to watch out for the rocks because you don’t want to get scratched. Float down to the place where you get out, then head back to the beginning and go again!
Location: 430 East Main Street, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246
Although there are no monkeys at Monkey Rock, it is a popular swimming hole filled with locals and college kids. Monkey Rock is located out in Saint Anthony and is the perfect way to stay cool this summer. There you can enjoy fishing, kayaking or swimming in the river. The iconic feature of Monkey Rock is the waterfall that people like to jump off of. Before jumping, make sure to watch out for rocks hidden under the water. You can also enjoy cooling off by bridge jumping up the road as well!
White Water Rafting
Spend a Saturday white water rafting down the river with friends. There are many different rivers you could float in the surrounding areas. Just 12 miles south of Jackson, you will find the Hoback River. Float down the beautiful Hoback Canyon as you challenge rapids. Make sure you have life jackets and a raft with oars. From start to finish, the excursion should take roughly 3 hours. Make sure to look ahead for rafting rentals. Floating the Hoback will keep you staying cool and is something you won’t regret doing!
Paddleboard & Wakeboard at Cable Factory
The Cable Factory is the closet thing you’re going to find to a beach here in Rexburg. Enjoy staying cooling by swimming in the water or relaxing on the sandy beach. For just $5 you can rent a paddleboard for an hour. Enjoy gliding over the water as you paddle around the lake. The Cable Factory gets its name from the wakeboarding cable. Strap your feet to a wakeboard and try your skills as you get pulled around by the cable. Show off your cool tricks by going off the various jumps. Head to their website to see pricing for the various activities.
Location: 2245 S 2000 W Rexburg, ID
Fun Farm Bridge Jumping
Take the plunge this summer and stay cool by bridge jumping into some refreshing water. Fun Farm Bridge is the perfect place to go bridge jumping when it’s hot outside. At the bridge, there are two main places to jump. You can jump off from the side of the road, or you can climb up the side of the bridge and jump from the top. Make sure to watch for cars and go in a large group. Escape from the heat this summer by bridge jumping at Fun Farm!
4th of July
It’s time to celebrate the 4th of July! Did you know that July 4th has been a federal holiday since 1941? From 1776 until present day, we celebrate the 4th of July as the birth of American Independence. All around the country, people celebrate with fireworks, parades, concerts, family gatherings, and BBQ’s. How are you going to celebrate this year? Here are a few ideas of things you could do!
The 4th of July is not complete without a fireworks show to end the night. Here in Rexburg, there are many different firework shows that you could attend. The City of Driggs is hosting a fireworks display on the night of the 4th starting at 10:20pm. Enjoy live music and a picnic event before the fireworks show from 6pm-9pm. You could also head to Idaho Falls and enjoy the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration & Fireworks Display along the Idaho Falls River Walk starting at 10pm.
BBQ or Picnic
Get the grill out, grab some burgers and start cooking! The perfect way to enjoy the 4th of July is by barbequing! Invite friends, family and bring lots of food. Grill hotdogs and hamburgers and enjoy some delicious cake shaped like a flag for dessert. Bring some fun games to play while you wait for the food to cook.
4th of July Parade
Start your holiday off right by celebrating at a local parade! Idaho Falls is having their annual 4th of July Parade starting at 9am. This year’s theme is “Solute to American Heroes”. If you want to stay here in Rexburg, enjoy the 87th Independence Day Parade starting at 10am. The parade goes along Main Street from Smith Park to Porter Park. Enjoy creative floats, bands, dancers, and drill teams. You won’t want to miss out on this fun event!
Make Yummy Red, White & Blue Dessert
Who doesn’t love Angel Food Cake? This delicious recipe will leave you wanting to eat it all! This treat is perfect for any 4th of July BBQ or party. Follow the instructions to make the coconut angel food cake. After the cake is cooked, cut it into three equal layers. Fill each layer of the cake with whipped cream and berries. Cool cake in fridge and then enjoy! You and your guests will love it!