The Billingsley Creek Unit of Thousand Springs State Park, on the outskirts of Hagerman, has been largely undeveloped since its acquisition in 2001. That could soon change.
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) staff presented a concept proposal to the Idaho Park and Recreation Board in November for Billingsley Creek. The concept includes a 50-unit developed campground, dispersed camping for groups, an amphitheater, an equestrian event arena, improved access to the Billingsley Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), equestrian and hiking trails, and ample parking.
The equestrian event area would accommodate about 1,000 spectators and would be suitable for rodeos, roping and cutting events, and more. The facility would include holding pens, concession stands, and restrooms. Parking for 300 cars would be nearby as would separate support parking.
Better access to the WMA, which is managed by Idaho Fish and Game, would facilitate kayaking, floating, and fishing on crystal clear Billingsley Creek.
Funding is always an issue, but there will be some money available from the sale of the nearby Vardis Fisher site, which was too small to develop.