Snake River Canyon National Cemetery
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The entrance of Snake River Canyon National Cemetery in Buhl, Idaho.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day.
Please note: Cemetery offices are off-site. Please call 208-732-7499 to speak to cemetery staff. Willamette National Cemetery oversees this cemetery. If you are unable to reach cemetery staff at the cemetery's phone number, please call Willamette National Cemetery at 503-273-5250.
Visitation Hours: Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains.
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
A Veteran's spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran.
Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.
» Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery
From Magic Valley Regional Airport, turn left onto E 3400 N and approximately five miles, turn right onto US-93 N. Proceed on US-93 for approximately five miles and turn left to merge onto US-30 W. Stay on US-30 W for approximately 9 miles and turn right onto N 1600 E, and, turn left in an 1/2 mile on E 4150 N/E. Elm St. The cemetery entrance is on the right.
Fax all discharge documentation to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 1-866-900-6417 and follow-up with a phone call to 1-800-535-1117.
For information on scheduled burials in our national cemeteries, please go to the Daily Burial Schedule.
The office for the cemetery is located off-site. Willamette National Cemetery oversees this cemetery. If you are unable to reach cemetery staff at the number above, please call 503-273-5250.
Please note there are no restroom facilities at the cemetery.
For educational materials and additional information on this cemetery, please visit the Education section, located below.
Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed grave. Natural cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time of the year. They will be removed when they become unsightly or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing.
Artificial flowers and potted plants will be permitted on graves between Nov. 1 and March 1. As a general rule, artificial flowers and potted plants will be allowed on graves for a period extending five days before through five days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day.
Holiday wreaths, grave pillows (2x2) and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves from Dec. 1 through Jan. 20. They may not be secured to headstones or markers.
Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects and similar items are not permitted on the graves. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit adornments that are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel. For example, items incorporating beads or wires may become entangled in mowers or other equipment and cause injury.
Permanent items removed from graves will be placed in an inconspicuous holding area for one month prior to disposal. Decorative items removed from graves remain the property of the donor but are under the custodianship of the cemetery. If not retrieved by the donor, they are then governed by the rules for disposal of federal property. Cemetery is not responsible for items left on gravesites.
During the mowing season, arrangements are removed from gravesites on a weekly basis or when they become withered and unsightly.
VA regulations 38 CFR 1.218 prohibit the carrying of firearms (either openly or concealed), explosives or other dangerous or deadly weapons while on VA property, except for official purposes, such as military funeral honors.
Possession of firearms on any property under the charge and control of VA is prohibited. Offenders may be subject to a fine, removal from the premises, or arrest.
Snake River Canyon National Cemetery is the first national cemetery in Idaho and is part of the VA National Cemetery Administration Rural Initiative to provide access to VA burial benefits for Veterans who reside in rural areas and who have not previously had reasonable access to a national or state Veterans cemetery.
The VA purchased the 8-acre parcel on September 30, 2016. The first phase of construction began in June of 2017 and was completed in March 2020. The cemetery is designed to accommodate 2,300 casketed gravesites, 2,070 in-ground cremation burial spaces and 2,170 columbaria niche spaces.
We are developing content for this section.
We are developing educational content for this national cemetery, and will post new materials as they become available. Visit the Veterans Legacy Program and NCA History Program for additional information. Thank you for your interest.