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Burley is a small community in southern Idaho, just across the Snake River from the town of Heyburn, less than an hour’s drive to the east of Twin Falls, and just over an hour's drive west of Pocatello. It’s only a few miles from Interstate 84, which makes booking one of the RV rentals in Burley a convenient option if you’re thinking about visiting Idaho’s Magic Valley region.
The Magic Valley only sprung up about a century ago as the Snake River was dammed and the previously marginal farmland became incredibly productive. Now it’s one of the fastest growing regions in the state as transplants from nearby Colorado, Washington, and California come looking for lower housing prices with the same great quality of life that they’re used to.
Idaho is an outdoor lover’s paradise, with vast expanses of wilderness to hike, pristine rivers to float, and an abundance of wildlife to preserve. When you rent an RV in Burley, you’ll be right next to the Sawtooth National Forest – two million acres of majestic peaks and dense forestland. If you’re a hiker, there are literally dozens of trails to explore for weeks at a time.
Some of the most incredible waterfalls in the state can also be found just outside of Burley. Shoshone Falls is sometimes called the Niagara of the West, as it dumps a truly astounding amount of water from a height of over 200 feet. If you want to experience the awesome power of nature, this one of its finest examples.
However, if you’ve got younger kids or would just like to stick closer to town, a trip to Storybook Park should be on your itinerary. It’s a downtown green space filled with swings, jungle gyms, and a couple of great slides. If the little ones have too much energy after a long stint on the road, this is a good place to let them run it off.
Those choosing an RV rental in Burley during the winter should schedule a trip to Magic Mountain Ski Area just south of Twin Falls. With a vertical drop of only 700 feet, it won’t be winning any awards from black diamond skiers, but it offers a great family experience and is an excellent place to try out the sport.
There are quite a few RV parks where you can park the motorhome rental near Burley, and some of them have great views of the Snake River too. Heyburn Riverside RV Park sits on the north bank of the river and is just off of Highway 30, the main thoroughfare running through Burley. It offers full hookups for your camper rental from Burley along with showers and bathrooms. There’s also a short walking trail for morning strolls next to the river.
Another riverside campground is Burley Snake River RV Park and Campground on the west side of town. It’s not very large, but they do have electrical hookups, and you can’t beat their proximity to the river.
If you’d like to stay closer to the highway for easy access to some of southern Idaho’s nearby cities, you might prefer a stay at Country RV Village near the Highway 30/I-84 interchange. Their sites have full hookups, and you also have the option of using the dump station at the nearby truck stop.
The Walmart on the northern side of the river is another option for camping when you get a travel trailer rental in Burley. You’ll need to get the manager’s permission before setting up, but it’s a good option if you don’t mind zero amenities camping.
The best attractions in Burley are all situated along Highway 30, which runs through the center of town and forms its historic core, and near the Interstate 84 interchange north of town. While the nightlife in Burley is rather quiet, you’ll still find lots of great restaurants (burgers, Mexican, pizza, and even some steakhouses), movie theaters, and a bowling alley to keep you entertained.
To get a sense of Burley’s history, you’ll want to take a short drive outside of it to the Minidoka County Historical Society Museum in Rupert. It’s not very large but contains some fascinating artifacts from the area’s Pioneer era along with historical accounts from the Japanese internment camp that was built nearby in the early 1940s.
If you grew up in the 1970s, you’ll remember the televised exploits of daredevil Evil Knievel. His most famous stunt is undoubtedly his unsuccessful jump over the Snake River Canyon in a rocket. He was able to walk away with only minor injuries, but the media spectacle for the event seared it into the minds of millions of Americans. A small monument to the attempt has been erected on the rim of the canyon outside of Twin Falls, and you can even see the small dirt mound marking the jump site.