Menan Butte Trail Challenge in Menan Idaho takes place on a dormant volcano where on a clear day you can see the nearby cities and small towns of Eastern Idaho. Seated in the heart of the Snake River plain, the Menan Buttes are two of the world’s largest tuff cones – volcanoes formed when basaltic magma boils up through ground water. MBTC is run on the north butte which is designated as a National Natural Landmark (NNL), Research Natural Area (RNA) and an Area of Critical Concern (ACEC) because of its unique geological features. The designations allow you to enjoy the geologic beauty, in its healthy, natural condition.

menan-butte-ultra-trail-runningFrom Idaho Falls: Head north on North Holmes/Lewisville Hwy for 20 miles until intersection with ID-48 (blinking yellow light). Take a right (east) on ID-48 towards Menan. Make a left into the town of Menan and drive 1 mile. Take a left (north) on N 3600 E/Twin Butte Road and follow for 3 miles. Trailhead/parking lot is located on the right side of the road. You may also park along the road when the parking lot is full.

Alternate option from Idaho Falls: take Hwy 20 headed north towards Rexburg. Take the Lorenzo exit just before the river. Head west and follow the road until you come to N3600E/Twin Butte Road –turn right and follow for 3 miles. Trailhead/parking lot is on the right side of the road. You may also park along the road when the parking lot is full.

From Rexburg: Take Hwy 33 west from Rexburg for 7 miles. Turn left (south) onto N 3600 E/Twin Butte Road. Take your first right turn on paved road. Continue to follow the road for 2 miles. Trailhead is on the left side of the road. You may also park along the road when the parking lot is full.

Alternate option from Rexburg: Take Hwy 20 headed south towards Idaho Falls. After crossing the river, take the Lorenzo exit and follow the road to N 3600 E/Twin Butte Road. Take your first right turn on paved road. Continue to follow the road for 2 miles. Trailhead is on the right side of the road.

 

 

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