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Cottonwood Creek

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Other Names

South Hills, Dry Creek, Cherry Spring, North Cottonwood Creek, Indian Springs

Last Known StatusOpen

This section of BLM land offers a couple designated staging areas with trails that eventually connect into the Sawtooth National Forest. The terrain here mainly consists of sagebrush and rolling hills but if you keep heading south the vegetation will change into some nice forest scenery and eventually tie into the South Hills.

There is no fee charged to park at Cottonwood Creek or Indian Springs but there are no services, so bring shade and water. This area also closes to motorized use around mid January through mid March but exact dates vary so call first before heading out.

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Permit RequiredYesIdaho OHV Registration Sticker
Dates OpenMarch 16 - January 16
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYes(MT, NV, OR, UT, WA)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails




Prosfree, lots of parking space
Consno shade in staging areas
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityTwin Falls, ID
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Twin Falls, ID
1) Take Blue Lakes Blvd/N 3000 south about 10 miles
2) Turn left (east) onto E2800N, continue 1.6 miles
3) Cottonwood Creek Staging Area is on the right (south).

For Indian Springs Staging Area:
4) Continue east past Cottonwood Creek Staging area 3.7 miles
5) Indian Springs Staging area is on the right (south).


Contact InfoBLM - Burley Field Office
15 East 200 South
Burley, ID 83318
(208) 735-2060


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Cottonwood Creek Trail

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Approx Size25,600 acres (40 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4150 to 5600 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Rock Creek General Store (208) 423-5659
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Rock Creek General Store (208) 423-5659
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Nat-Soo-Pah Hot Springs (208) 655-4337
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Nat-Soo-Pah Hot Springs (208) 655-4337
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Nat-Soo-Pah Hot Springs (208) 655-4337
Primitive Camping CampgroundTwin Falls, ID
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Rock Creek General Store (208) 423-5659
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