Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, ID

April 29, 2011 at 3:29 am EST
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Located just east of the city of Twin Falls, Shoshone Falls is known as the Niagara Falls of the West.

Beautiful View

Onlookers invariably stand amazed by the majesty of Shoshone Falls, which spans 1,500 feet across the Snake River and tumbles 212 feet in a straight drop – more than 30 feet farther than Niagara's famous falls.

The falls are best viewed in the spring, when the Snake River swells with snowmelt, creating an awesome display at the waterfall. Swirling mist, swooping birds, and rainbows rise from the sheets of water. Later in the year, much of the river's flow is diverted to produce hydroelectric power and irrigate Idaho's fertile farmlands.

Shoshone Falls can be viewed from several scenic overlooks in Shoshone Falls Park, where there’s plenty of parking, restrooms, picnic tables and hiking trails that lead to the rim of the falls.

Overlooks give visitors great vantage points for sightseeing and photography. The waterfall's terraced thousand-foot span is truly one of Idaho's most magnificent sites.

Then and Now

Attracted by the roar, mid-19th century pioneers on the Oregon Trail would sometimes hike several miles out of their way to see the falls, which were named after Indians who lived in the region.

Today, the City of Twin Falls owns and operates the Shoshone Falls/Dierkes Lake Complex. It offers a unique blend of recreational facilities, including playgrounds and hiking trails, landscaped picnic areas, a boat ramp and swimming area, and a scenic overlook.

The complex provides restroom facilities and visitor information, and for a nominal per-car entry fee, visitors can enjoy picnicking and relaxing in the shaded, grassy areas, which provide perfect vantage points for viewing Shoshone Falls.

For more information Season: All Year

Hours: 7am to 9pm

Fees: $3 per car, $20 per bus Season passes are available for $25 at Twin Falls City Hall, City Parks & Recreation Office, or at the entrance to the park.

Facilities: Boating Facilities, Food Service, Gift Shop, Handicap Access, Parking, Restrooms, Visitor Center

Phone: (208) 736-2265

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