Is there a visitor center at Minidoka?
YES, at this time there is a temporary location for visitor services. It is in the "Hermann House" which is a post World War 2 building. There is an informational display area as well as information and brochures. Construction on a permanent visitor center, with a park film centered on oral histories from those who were interned at Minidoka, may start as early as September 2017.
Where do I get my National Parks passport book stamped?
Minidoka National Historic Site's passport cancellation stamp is available at the temporary visitor center on site. The visitor center is open from 10am to 4pm.
What is left at the site to see?
Most of the site's structures were removed after WWII ended. The barrack areas were plowed under and used as farm fields;so not much remains of the original camp. If you do go, you will see the remains of the entry guard station, waiting room, and an ornamental rock garden. There is a 1.6 mile walking trail, informational panels,a reconstructed guard tower and the Honor Roll. The buildings that are at the site are open to the public when the visitor contact station is open (10am to 4pm).
What happened to all the buildings from the camp?
After the war, the camp’s buildings were dismantled or relocated to be used as houses, storage, and more. Former Minidoka War Relocation Center buildings can be found throughout the Twin Falls area and beyond.
Do former internees come back to visit?
Former internees return to Minidoka frequently. The Friends of Minidoka, a nonprofit educational organization, sponsors a pilgrimage to Minidoka every year during June or July. Many former internees, their families, and a growing number of interested people, participate in this event.
Can I camp at Minidoka?Camping is not allowed in Minidoka National Historic Site but there are numerous camping facilities in the nearby communities. Picnicking is allowed at the site, pack it in - pack it out. There are no established picnic facilities (tables, etc.) There is one handicap accessible port-o-potty on site.
Can I bring my dog to the site?
Dogs are welcome at Minidoka, but they must be on a leash and owners must clean up after their pets. Pets are not allowed in buildings. Please be aware that our parking lot has little to no shade and summer temperatures are frequently over 100 degrees.