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A hidden hiking gem: Black Magic Canyon

Posted at 4:00 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 11:32:00-04

SHOSHONE, Idaho — Nestled away just past Shoshone, there's a hidden gem of a hiking spot you've probably never heard of: the Black Magic Canyon.

The canyon was formed more than 10,000 years ago, when the Big Wood River began cutting through solid rock left behind by lava flows.

While it doesn't look like much from up above, from below, it's a completely different world.

A time lapse view of Idaho News 6's Outdoor Reporter, Natasha Williams, exploring Black Magic Canyon

"Towering black walls that form a canyon around you. They're really smooth black dark rocks," said Sarah Roharbach, a content creator with Visit Southern Idaho. "It's really fun to explore, you can hike up over them or go around and at some parts, it's almost 50 feet high above your head."

If you'd like to pay a visit to the canyon, Visit Southern Idaho has detailed directions on their website.