The Gooding University Inn, the old Gooding College building, is full of history and makes an excellent getaway for 1 person to large reunions. This is not a "cookie cutter" stay, the facility is unique and is full of charm. It was abandoned and neglected for many years and is now being remodeled and updated. There is a lot of work done, but it is "a work in progress", if you are looking for a Marriott like facility this is not it. The environment is open and rustic, with large hallways and rooms and some parts of the building needing finishing touches. We know you will enjoy making treasured memories with us.
This beautiful historic building was the Gooding College, built in 1920. It has been restored/modernized and makes a wonderful getaway for family get-togethers and other events.
The west has 15 bedrooms (each sleeps 2-8 people), 9 bathrooms, and a fully remodeled/modernized kitchen, dining room, game room and more . Currently we have beds for over 60 people, plus cribs and portable playpens. Also the Theater Room with High Definition Surround Sound and 3D movies, and a large play/gathering room (22'x75’) is included. Please take a look at the photos to see how beautiful this building is.
In the sumer the east wing will be available for an additional fee. The east wing will add 9 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms to your space. If you need the extra space the east wing sleep 36 additional people in comfort. The additional cost to add the east wing to your rental is only $350/night. THE EAST WING IS ONLY AVAILABLE IF YOU ARE RENTING THE WEST WING.
Check In: 4:00 pm (contact us if you need to come or drop stuff off early)
Check Out: 11:00 am (let us know if you leave early, so we can get a jump on cleaning)
Gooding is a quiet small town but there's lots to do:
Gooding City of Rocks
Gooding City of Rocks is an area of unusual and highly scenic rock formations. Erosion has carved fascinating spires and hoodoos from the underlying deposits of solidified volcanic ash. Excellent hiking, sightseeing and solitude. About 15 miles north of Gooding on Highway 46, turn west at the BLM sign for Little City of Rocks. Follow the signs and travel about 7.5 miles on a generally well-maintained dirt road, which is suitable for passenger vehicles if conditions are dry. For more about the geology of Gooding City of the Rocks
The Malad River Canyon is 250 feet deep and 2.5 miles long. At Malad Gorge State Park, located right off Interstate 84, you can view the canyon and walk along the rim. The highway crosses over Malad Gorge, but the angle of view hides the deep gorge where the river cascades into Devil's Washbowl. Views of the gorge are best from the slender-but sturdy-bridge that arcs across the canyon.
Niagra Springs & Thousand Springs State Park
The churning, icy blue glacial water is a National Natural Landmark and part of the world-famous Thousand Springs complex along the Snake River. The park provides a great opportunity to drive into the 350-foot-deep Snake River Canyon. Once inside the canyon, you'll find year-round fishing in Crystal Springs Lake, including a handicap accessible site. Waterfowl and other wildlife are abundant.
Mountains to the north of town, just a 35 mile drive, offer to local folk or to those traveling through a place to enjoy the beauty of nature as it has been created. Fresh clean mountain air enhances the lives of those who enjoy the excellent camping areas available in the mountains outside of Gooding.
Just miles away are some of the world's most famous winter ski resorts - Sun Valley, and also not far from there is Soldier Mountain. Also enjoy cross country skiing.
Flat lands around the valley add make great snowmobiling. Also, the Gooding County Snow Park at the Gooding-Camas County line, includes 150 square miles of BLM and private land for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and sledding.
Gooding Public Pool
Enjoy going for a dip at the well maintained and convenient public pool. Cost is $3/person, three and under is free. Hours 1pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm The pool accompanies a park with playground equipment and space to run around. just 5 minutes away.
Shoshone Falls and Dierkes Lake
Cliff jumping/Swimming/Large playing fields/Sightseeing. Open all year, hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $3 per vehicle The swimming area has a beach blocked off perfect for younger children and for playing in the sand, lifeguards, kayak and paddle board rentals, picnic areas with shelters, restrooms, playgrounds, swings and fishing available. In addition you can purchase refreshments. There are trails to walk too. The lake is surrounded by reeds and rocky cliffs. Beautiful setting. The amazing Shoshone Falls in also included is the price. Shoshone Falls and Dierkes Lake are a must do for any group.
Great hole in the wall pizza joint. Get away for the big chain restaurants and enjoy arcades, air hockey, and pool, and some of the best pizza you will ever have. 5 min away
Truly an amazing authentic mexican treat. Try the Molcajete you won't be disappointed, guaranteed, only $15 and feeds 2 if you're hungry. 5 min away.
Tomato's Italian Grill
Elegant dining at an affordable price. This is our favorite date night restaurant. We highly recommend the Bacon Spezie $13 and the Italian Nachos (full) $8.50 We buy both and split them. 35 minutes away.
New China House
In the mood for Chines? Try the New China House. Also serves great american breakfast lunch and dinner. 5 minutes away
idahowatersports (rental equipment)
invertsports (rental equipment)
paddlethesnake (rental equipment)
Dierkes Lake (cliff diving, swimming and so much more) *highly recommended
laser-mania (awesome mini-golf)
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
tandembase (base jumping!)