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Places to Scatter Ashes in Idaho

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, so vast it is in three states, features dramatic canyons, rivers, lush forests, hot springs and geysers, including the famous Old Faithful (in Wyoming). The park service asks that you inform them where and when you plan to scatter ashes. Scattering is permitted only in secluded areas, and you are not allowed to install a marker or any kind of monument or tribute.

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Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Although much of Craters of the Moon National Monument, in Arco, Southeast Idaho, is covered by young lava flows, it known for the beautiful wildflowers growing out of the volcanic ashes. Ashes must be scattered at least 70 paces off the Crater of the Moon Monument Trail, and cannot be scattered in the caves.

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Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve

Hardy Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve

Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve, with crystal clear waters and lush forest, is located in Wendell, in Southern Idaho, and is one of the largest springs in North America. It is considered one of Idaho’s loveliest secluded areas, and best-kept secrets.

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Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls

Known as the “Niagara of the West,” Shoshone Falls, in Twin Falls, Southern Idaho, is located along the Snake River. The spectacular beauty of the falls is best in the spring, but it’s open year-round. There are also hiking trails and shaded grassy areas from where you can view the falls.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Idaho

In Idaho, there are no state laws controlling where you may keep or scatter ashes. Ashes may be stored in a crypt, niche, grave, or container at home. If you wish to scatter ashes, you have many options. Cremation renders ashes harmless, so there is no public health risk involved in scattering ashes. Use common sense and refrain from scattering ashes in places where they would be obvious to others.

Idaho Cremation FAQs

What happens when you can't afford funeral services in Idaho?

Although state funeral and burial assistance is in decline, there are available resources. To qualify for the Idaho Indigent Burial and Cremation program, the deceased must have no estate from which to pay for a funeral, no family who can afford a service, and be ineligible for assistance from the Social Security or Veterans administration. If these criteria are met, the Public Administrator, or Indigent Burial Officer of the state pays for a direct cremation of the deceased (the least expensive method). This is why it’s so important to pre-plan.

What is state cremation rate?

Idaho cremation rate is 61-70%, according to the 2020 CANA Annual Report.

What veterans’ benefits are available in Idaho?

The VA benefits provided (at no cost to the family) include a fixed amount toward funeral expenses; a grave site; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual grave site care; a government headstone or marker; a United States burial flag that can be draped over the casket or accompany the urn (and is given to the next of kin after the service); and an engraved presidential memorial certificate signed by the current President, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the veteran’s service.

How many funeral homes are there in Idaho?

There are 83 funeral homes in 55 cities of Idaho.

Idaho State Facts

State nickname: Gem state

State motto: Esto perpetua (It is forever)

Population: 1,754,208

State bird: Mountain bluebird

State tree: White pine

State flower: Syringa

State animal: Appaloosa horse

Bonus fact 1: Idaho grows nearly one-third of America’s potatoes, though it produces other crops – it is known as the lentil capital of the world.

Bonus fact 2: Hell’s Canyon, in Western Idaho, is the deepest river gorge in North America – deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Bonus fact 3: The Lake Coeur d’Alene boardwalk is 3,300 feet long, and is known as the longest boardwalk in the world.

Bonus fact 4: Sun Valley is the first destination ski resort in the U.S. It was developed by W. Averell Harriman, chairman of the Union Pacific Railroad, primarily to increase ridership on his trains.

Bonus fact 5: An estimated 85% of all the commercial trout sold in the United States comes from Hagerman Valley, Idaho.

*State population based on estimates provided by the 2014 U.S. Census.
*Cremation rate provided by the most recent study by CANA in 2020.