Rexburg, built on top of an old shield volcano, is a young college town and home to the Brigham Young University Idaho.
This university is the largest in the state and is run privately by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Rexburg is home to a large number of people who are members of this church. It’s not surprising that the Rexburg Idaho Temple, which is located high above the university campus, is one of the city’s most prominent landmarks.
Rexburg is frequently ranked among the nation’s safest communities. It is home to a large amount of green space in the downtown area and a series of parks and trails that run along the Teton River corridor.
Visitors will find Rexburg, which is just across the state border in Wyoming, one of the largest settlements on the way to Yellowstone from Southern Idaho.
1. Legacy Flight Museum
A wonderful collection of vintage aircraft and vehicles can be found in the hangar at Rexburg Madison County Airport.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Legacy Flight Museum is open Monday through Saturday. The museum remains open on Saturdays throughout the year.
You’ll find a Grumman S-2 Tracker and a P-63 Kingcobra inside.
The local ace Roland R. Wright (1919-2015) is the real highlight. Wright was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This led to the aircraft being called a “Mormon Mustang”.
Ole Yeller is another conversation piece, a P-51D Mustang belonged to Bob Hoover (1922-2016).
The museum has a Ford Mustang, Corvette Stingray, and a small collection of military vehicles. On the upper level, you will find displays of uniforms and equipment as well as weapons and flags.
2. Yellowstone Bear World
This park is located just minutes from Rexburg, U.S. 20. It allows you to get up close to the Yellowstone’s wild species.
You can see bison, Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Goats, Rocky Mountain Goats, Rocky Mountain Goats, Rocky Mountain Elk, Rocky Mountain Goats, Rocky Mountain Goats, Moose, White-tail Deer, and, of course, grizzlies, black bear from the safety of your vehicle.
There’s also a petting area on foot with farm animals and free-roaming farm animals. You may also have the opportunity to feed deer calf or elk fawn. Yellowstone Bear World has a small amusement park that offers rides for children younger than 5.
You can also book ahead to meet the bear keepers and bottle-feed the cubs.
3. Rexburg Idaho Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is home to 95% of Rexburg’s residents. It’s therefore natural that the impressive Rexburg Idaho Temple will serve as the city’s focal point.
This landmark is visible from miles around on Highway 20. It boasts a sparkling facade made of white quartz and crowns the highest point of Rexburg.
This is the best spot on the south side at BYU Idaho. The temple sits in lush landscaped grounds that are in full bloom in spring or summer.
Rexburg was the third Idaho city to receive an LDS temple when the temple was dedicated in 2008.
This building is accessible to all members.
The interior fittings were made from wood from Africa, stone and tiles from Israel. Meanwhile, the ordinance room has murals by Leon Parson depicting the Snake River landscape.
4. Porter Park
Rexburg’s oldest park, which takes up an entire block in downtown, was originally landscaped in 1919. It has been the place where big events have been held for over a century.
Porter Park, half-covered in mature trees, is famous for its weeping birches and offers a variety of amenities that attract families to enjoy summer.
The splash pad has enough equipment to keep you busy on a hot day. Open in summer is an antique carousel, which was built by the Spillman Engineering Company in New York in 1926.
If you want to take out for lunch, there are plenty of options nearby.
5. St. Anthony Sand Dunes
A 10,600-acre expanse, spread out over 15 miles north by windswept quartz sands shifting white quartz sands is found to the east. It rises 400 feet from the sea.
Many of the St. Anthony Sand Dunes have been designated as wildlife study areas, and host one of the largest wintering elk herds in the United States.
The dunescape is not open to the public for the first few months in the year because of migration. However, you can still visit the rest of the year for unforgettable experiences.
There are many options for riding horses or walking on the sandy slopes. You also have the option to go on horseback and sled down the hills. Additionally, there are several companies that offer thrilling ATV rides through the dunes.
Stay the night at Egin Lakes Campground to see one of the most beautiful night skies.
6. Cress Creek Nature Trail
The South Fork, a legendary Snake River, winds through beautiful terrain just south of Rexburg.
You can also access the Cress Creek Nature Trail which is a 1 1/4-mile, easy, but stunning, path high up on the north bank.
You will pass through juniper, sagebrush, and other grasses. There are also boards along the route that give information about the plants and ways to identify wildlife.
Named after the abundant watercress that grows along the riverbank, the trail is nourished by warm waters and able to grow throughout the year.
7. Beaver Dick Park
Beaver Dick Park, located seven miles west of Rexburg on Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, is a beautiful spot.
The Madison County Parks and Recreation Department manages this 9.5-acre area. It is an ideal spot for fishing and water sports due to its riverside location.
You will find a floating dock and a boat dock at this location. The swimming area is best for more experienced swimmers due to the currents.
There are also bathrooms, pavilions and fire pits along the shore, as well as a playground for children. The park’s name is a curious one. It comes from Richard Leigh (1831-1899), a famous trapper, hunter, and guide in the area who gave it its unique name.
8. Menan Buttes
A pair of volcanic tuff conicals can be seen from Rexburg, just west of the Snake River Plain.
This type of formation is due to basaltic magma boiling through groundwater. The cones were formed in a violent eruption around 10,000 years ago in the late-Pleistocene.
The Menan Buttes are located 800 feet above the river. While the South Menan Butte can be viewed from the private side, the enormous cone of North Menan Butte (a National Natural Landmark) can be accessed via a 3.1-mile hiking trail.
You will need to go around the rim, back up, and then return to the parking lot. There are interpretive signs that explain the forces behind this natural landmark.
9. Museum of Rexburg
Rexburg Stake Tabernacle is a Romanesque Revival structure that dates back to 1911. It is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Before being sold to the city, this was the tabernacle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The basement houses a museum of the Upper Snake River Historical Society. It has a large exhibit on the 1976 Teton Dam disaster that left Rexburg underwater. This caused the death of 11 people, and the loss to 13,000 cattle.
The dam was destroyed by $2 billion in total damages. It has never been rebuilt. The wall will have a line marking the high water mark, as well as artifacts and interesting items from the extraordinary reconstruction of the city.
There is also an old-fashioned, one-room schoolhouse that houses the Rexburg Children’s Museum. It has many interactive displays and activities suitable for children.
10. Rexburg Rapids
Rexburg’s outdoor water park is another reason families should look forward to summer here. It is located just a few blocks north of downtown.
Rexburg Rapids is staffed by qualified lifeguards. It offers a lazy stream, a beach-entry swimming pool for children, and a water playground. There are also two water slides that start three stories higher than the park.
Rexburg Rapids’ unique feature is the rock wall that rises at one end of the heated swimming pool. This allows kids to practice their climbing skills while also getting a splash landing.
11. Rexburg Nature Park
This park was built on land that was previously undeveloped near the South Fork Teton River.
Named “Nature Park”, this space, which is water-rich, is far from the busy roads. It feels like a natural sanctuary, full of wildflowers, birds, and waterfowl.
The ducks can be fed with bird seed, and teenagers will enjoy the Clair Boyle Skate Park. It is regarded as one of the best in the area.
All are welcome to fish in the ponds, except for those under 12 years old. There is also a disc golf course, a playground and covered picnic shelters.
12. Jefferson County Lake (Rigby Lake)
This natural lake is a great way to spend a sunny day. It’s located 12 miles south from Rexburg. From June to August, Jefferson County Lake is accessible daily from 9 am until 10 pm.
The inviting blue water is surrounded by 50 campsites, beaches, grassy areas, hiking trails, and grassy areas. You can swim in the lake and rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards from the shore.
All campsites are equipped with water and electricity hookups. Other amenities include tennis courts, a playground for children, and more.
13. Eagle Park
Eagle Park is another spot to enjoy nature without having to leave the city. It’s located in the west green space of the Teton River Corridor Park and Trail System.
Eagle Park, which is located next to the river and has grass and brush, caters to tent-only camping. It offers 24 campsites with amenities such as bathrooms and drinking water.
These campsites are also available year round, even during winter if you feel strong. There are some spots that you can take a dip into the Teton River in summer, but be careful.
14. Teton Scenic Byway
Rexburg is the main access point to the scenic 70-mile drive that takes in the stunning Teton Range, just above the Wyoming state line.
The Teton Scenic Byway begins southeast of Rexburg, Swan Valley. It grazes Caribou-Targhee National Forest’s westernmost spur, before following the Teton Valley downstream from Rexburg.
This drive takes you past a bucolic landscape with potato, wheat, and barley fields to the jagged peaks over in Grand Teton National Park’s eastern horizon.
You have the option to get out and explore small towns like Victor, Driggs, and Tetonia. Or you can combine your drive with a day hiking at breathtaking locations like Table Mountain.
15. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
Winter is a great time to ski or snowboard.
Kelly Canyon Ski Resort can be found in Targhee National Forest about 20 miles southeast from Rexburg.
The resort is compact with 640 acres of slopes. It has a drop of 1000 feet and is served by four doubles and a rope tow. This resort is small so it is worth arriving early to avoid waiting in lines at the lifts.
These runs are suitable for all levels of skiers, with 35% being rated as easy, 45% being more difficult and 20% being black diamond. There are also trails for snowshoeing and skiing, as well as equipment rentals at a reasonable price and delicious food.