Base Jump in Twin Falls, ID

Snake River Canyon BASE jumping in Twin Falls, ID
Snake River Canyon BASE jumping in Twin Falls, ID

It doesn't get more death-defying than Evel Knievel – and in Twin Falls, ID, the stuntmaster extraordinaire nearly met his match. Knievel attempted to jump Southern Idaho's 500-foot-deep, quarter-mile-wide Snake River Canyon on a steam-powered “skycycle” in 1974, but crashed when his parachute malfunctioned.

“I was nervous,” Knievel admitted in an interview before his death in 2007. “I don’t know anyone else who would jump that canyon.”

Maybe not, but plenty of people would – and do – jump into that canyon. Twin Falls' 486-foot-tall Perrine Bridge spanning Snake River Canyon is the only bridge in America one can legally parachute from anytime, no permit required. Thousands gather to watch thrillseekers make the jump each September at the Perrine Bridge Festival.

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