Baron Lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness in Idaho
© Patrick Brandenburg/Tandem Stills + Motio
Views from the American gem-state
Idaho is called the American Gem State for its abundance of precious and semi-precious gems, but the moniker could also apply to its many lesser-known, yet spectacular natural landmarks–hidden gems like you see on today’s homepage. This is Baron Lake in the rugged Sawtooth Wilderness of central Idaho. It’s just a snippet of the nearly five million acres of designated wilderness that belong to the Gem State. Other highlights include Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America—at 2,400 metres deep, it surpasses even the Grand Canyon. And in southern Idaho you’ll find Shoshone Falls, which towers 13 metres higher than Niagara Falls, earning it the nickname Niagara of the West.