During our road trip from Montana to Texas, we decided to stop in Idaho. On our way Montana, we drove a completely different route but I’ve never been to Idaho before so we decided to make sure to stop in the state as we made our way back to Texas. We stopped in Twin Falls, Idaho to enjoy the afternoon and stretch our legs.
Shoshone Falls, also known as the Niagara of the West, is located in the city of Twin Falls. It’s also considered a “must-see” attraction because it’s one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States. We decided to make a visit so we headed to the Shoshone Falls Park. I was a little skeptical at first as the roads are really rough and narrow but we couldn’t miss seeing the 212 foot drop and its 900 feet width!
As you arrive at the park, there is a small guard’s shack collecting a $3 fee per car. The parks and recreation begins charging this fee each year on March 1 and continues through September. It’s recommended to visit Shoshone Falls during these months because it’s when it’s at its peak. Hints why they charge a fee!
The flows over the falls are seasonal runoffs from the mighty Snake River, which carves its way through deep basalt canyons and is the largest tributary to the Columbia River.
The waterfall was a short drive from the entrance of the park. Once we got down the curvy road, we were able to park very close to the actual waterfall. Besides the scenic overlook, you can also find areas for hiking, or picnics. It really was a nice place to stop. There is also a small concessions stand selling food and small souvenir items.
Have you ever been to Shoshone Falls?