***The George W. Nourse Gun Range will be closed to the public from Monday, December 7, through Friday, December 11. This temporary closure is to allow staff and maintenance crews to make improvements to the gun range. The range will reopen to the public on Saturday, December 12.***
Situated along the Snake River, Celebration Park was established as Idaho’s only archaeological park in 1989. A walk through the huge basalt melon gravels deposited by the Bonneville flood reveals petroglyphs 100 to 10,000 years old. Visitors learn about the Paleolithic and Archaic lifeways and enjoy throwing a dart with an atlatl. Experience a walking tour of historic Guffey Railroad Bridge and be captivated by southwest Idaho’s early mining and railroad history.
Things to keep in mind when visiting Celebration Park
- Celebration Park hosts many educational tours and school field trip programs year-round. We ask all visitors to be respectful of school groups and other formal programs. For more information, visit our Field Trips page.
- Archaeological sites are protected by state and federal law. Please be respectful of Celebration Park’s unique archaeology and cultural heritage.
- Picnic tables are available for day use and camping, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- For fishing regulations, please see https.//idfg.idaho.gov/.
- Celebration Park is on the western border of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA), which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. For NCA visitor information, visit their website.
- The Snake River Islands near Celebration Park are part of the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge’s Snake River Islands Unit. Visit their website for information on rules and regulations, and habitat management practices on the islands.
Guided Tours and Interpretive Programs
- Free guided tours are available during visitor center hours (10 AM-2 PM).
- Monday-Friday: Call in advance (208-455-6022) to schedule a tour and discuss program options. We host many school field trip programs on weekdays, especially from mid-March through October. Walk-in tour requests will be accommodated as staffing allows.
- Weekends: check in at the visitor center to schedule a tour and discuss program options. You do not need to call ahead to reserve weekend tours, unless your group contains 20 people or more.
- Our Interpretive Specialists provide petroglyph tours, lessons on the atlatl range, and other interpretive programs about the cultural and natural history of the Snake River Canyon.
Camping at Celebration Park
Sites and Amenities
- Camping at Celebration Park is first-come, first-serve only (no reservations)
- Groups of more than 50 people must obtain a special permit from the Director of Canyon County Parks to camp overnight
- No electricity or RV hookups
- Potable drinking water is available outside the visitor center
- Visitor center restrooms are open 24/7
- Use of fires is restricted to designated grills and fire rings
- Canyon County Parks may prohibit all campfires during times of high wildfire danger, check our website for updates on seasonal fire restrictions.
- Quiet hours are from 10 PM to 7 AM
- During quiet hours, no generators or other motorized equipment emitting loud sounds or exhaust are permitted to be in operation
Celebration Park is open year-round, 24/7, for day use and camping. The visitor center is open daily (except holidays), from 10 AM to 2 PM.
Day use: $2 per vehicle Camping: $5 per night (3 day limit)
- Camping areas are available on a first-come, first-serve basis only
- Day use and camping fees are payable by envelopes in fee boxes (one located on south border of main parking lot; one located just west of the visitor center).
Season Pass: $15, Seniors: $5
- Season passes are available for purchase in the visitor center, from 10 AM to 2 PM daily
As we are a county-operated park, we do not accept Idaho State Parks Passports in lieu of payment. Day use and camping fees help support the maintenance and improvement of our facilities.
Directions from Boise: Heading west on I-84 take the Meridian/Kuna exit. Turn left onto S Meridian Rd. Continue onto E Avalon. Turn left onto Swan Falls Rd. Turn right onto Victory Ln. Continue onto Warren Spur Rd. Turn left onto Sinker Rd. Turn left at Historic Guffey Railroad Bridge.
Directions from Nampa/Caldwell: Follow ID-45 S/12th Ave Rd. Turn left onto Ferry Rd. Turn right onto Hill Rd. Turn right onto Sinker Rd. Turn left at Historic Guffey Railroad Bridge.
Directions to Celebration Park (click to open a map with driving directions).
Celebration Park is an access site on the Idaho-Oregon Snake River Water Trail. Visit our website to launch your Snake River adventure!