Rock-Stacking: how "art" actually disrupts Idaho wildlife

You're hiking your way through the pristine, practically untouched Idaho wilderness, surrounded by never-ending natural beauty, when out of nowhere, you stumble across a hiking trail adorned with what appears to be artistically stacked rocks (also known as "cairns") created by some well-intentioned hiker or happy hippie.

It's pretty and totally Instagram-worthy, sure. But is it actually good for the environment? That's a question Idahoans have posed and debated for decades.  

According to Mother Nature, rock-sculptures aren't as cool as you think. 

There's something to be said about wanting to leave your mark on the world with a sense of flair and creativity. Commissioning the construction of those seemingly innocent rock sculptures, however, isn't the way to do it.

We almost hate to say it, but what the creative mind perceives as art is actually a legitimate threat to Idaho wildlife. Think about it: you're basically playing Jenga with a creature's natural habitat by moving, manipulating, and piling these stacks of rocks.

We liken it to walking into someone's house and rearranging their furniture without permission. Who would be okay with that?!

Mission Unstackable!

Here's the good news: righting this wrong is a no-brainer. If you happen to encounter one of these decorative rock formations on a hike or while you're floating the Boise River, unstack 'em! It's that easy.

In a matter of minutes, you have the ability to give an Idaho critter a chance to reclaim their homes and live in harmony with their natural habitat. Just be sure to *carefully* dismantle the stack as you return the rocks to their original scattered state. You wouldn't want to crush a critter that may be hiding nearby.

Happy unstacking, y'all!

Scroll for...

  • 5 hikes in & around Boise anyone can do

  • 3 Idaho lakes that should be on every local's summer bucket list

  • A look at Idaho's 7 best, most beautiful beaches

95.7 KEZJ logo
Get our free mobile app
  • Got kids? Love the lake? This kid-friendly Idaho hike is for you

  • Rent an entire 18-bedroom lodge in the Sawtooth Mountains

  • 13 things Idahoans need to pull out of their hot cars right now

Hikes to Explore Outside in and Around Boise

Need to connect with nature a bit? Or at least escape the day to day grind? Check out these Boise area hikes, some are quick if you only have an hour or two and some are half day journeys.

3 Idaho Lakes That Deserve A Must Visit This Summer

If you're willing to put in the work, we've found some lakes that you might enjoy more than being surrounded by tourists. Some of these lakes you might need to hike to, but the view, the peacefulness, and the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Idaho are all worth it. From the Sawtooth Mountains to the Panhandle, there are plenty of great lakes to enjoy.

Gallery Credit: Kyle Matthews

Enjoy The Lake At One Of The Best Kid-Friendly Hikes In Idaho

Ranked one of the best kid-friendly hikes in Idaho leads to beautiful lake and waterfall views. 

Gallery Credit: Kyle Matthews

Rent an Entire 18 Bedroom Lodge in the Sawtooth Mountains

Gallery Credit: Nikki West

13 Things Idahoans Need to Pull Out of Their Hot Cars Right Now

Idaho summers aren't the hottest around, but don't let that fool you.

The Gem State hits triple-digit temps often enough for locals to regret leaving these 13 things in their cars during the hottest weeks of the year 😳

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela & Lori Crofford

Scroll for...

  • If you have the nerve, you can camp in Idaho's most haunted forest

  • 8 popular campsites in Idaho & Washington locals are gatekeeping

95.7 KEZJ logo
Get our free mobile app
  • Watch your back when you're driving through these 15 Idaho counties

  • 10 things everyone should know before their first visit to Yellowstone

Are You Brave Enough to Hike or Camp in Idaho's Haunted Forest?

If you like spooky and creepy adventures, this Idaho hike and campground is for you. 

Gallery Credit: Nikki West

The 8 Best Places To Go Camping in Washington & Idaho

Thrillist shared a list of the "Best Places To Camp In The Pacific Northwest," out of the 12, eight of them were in Washington and Idaho.

Watch Your Back When You're Driving Through These 15 Idaho Counties

Gallery Credit: Parker Kane

10 Things You Need To Know About Visiting Yellowstone National Park

Planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park? Here are 10 things you need to know before you go!

Gallery Credit: jessejames

More From 95.7 KEZJ