Above: “The Storm Is Coming,” sunrise near Gooding, ID
Rich in Native American tradition, anchored in its ranching past, Camas County, Idaho and the community of Fairfield are home to the vast Centennial Marsh. Replete with acres of camas lilies prized by the Shoshone-Bannock tribe, the marsh and its environs are invaluable habitat for scores of shorebirds and other winged creatures that call this place their home.
Those winged creatures include mosquitos. Lots of mosquitos. If you come to this magnificent place, bring strong bug spray and use it.
Away from the marsh, explore the region around Fairfield, including its many antique ranches and farms with abandoned homesteads and ancient barns.
Left: “Moonrise, Centennial Marsh”
Below: “Antiques: Red shack, white trim”
Farther afield, you can access the Big Wood River near Highway 75 or bounce your way along gnarly dirt roads down to the remote Little City of Rocks near Gooding. Bizarre monoliths of stone twist and wriggle their way into the sky, and hiking in the region is magnificent.
Above: “Clouds over the Little City”