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7 Trails With Spectacular Views in Southern Idaho

In the Magic Valley, your hiking and biking routine comes equipped with unforgettable vistas around every turn.

By Cary Estes on December 9, 2021

Snake River Canyon Rim Trail in Southern Idaho
Todd Bennett

The hiking and biking trails in Twin Falls and the Southern Idaho region feature heart-pounding workouts and breathtaking views. These seven trails are musts for residents and visitors of the Magic Valley. Enjoy!

1. Snake River Canyon Rim Trail

This 12.3-mile, out-and-back paved path (shown above) combines exercise with exceptional scenery. Walkers, hikers and cyclists can enjoy the sights of eagles and hawks soaring over the canyon, as well as BASE jumpers taking flight from the Perrine Bridge, a 1,500-foot-long structure that soars nearly 500 feet above the Snake River. Dogs are welcome to tag along, as long as they are on a leash.

2. Soldier Front Trail

Located near the city of Fairfield, this 10.4-mile moderate trail about an hour north of Twin Falls cuts through beautiful fields of wildflowers. It is open to hikers, horseback riders and off-road vehicles.

Shoshone Falls Park Trails in Southern Idaho
Jeff Adkins

3. Shoshone Falls Park Trails

The highlight is also the easiest, a 0.6-mile out-and-back trail that leads to a stunning view of Shoshone Falls, which at 212 feet is taller than Niagara Falls. As one of the largest waterfalls in the United States, this water wonder easily earns its nickname of “The Niagara of the West.”

4. Eagle Loop

Enjoy blooming wildflowers during the spring and the vibrant colors of Aspen trees during the fall along this 2-mile trail at Pettit Campground in the South Hills, about an hour from Twin Falls. This trail accommodates all skill levels.

5. Pike Mountain Loop

Elk and other wildlife can be seen along this 5.2-mile trail south of Twin Falls. The ridge of the trail provides picturesque views of the surrounding South Hills. This trail tends to be lightly traveled, so it’s the perfect place for adventurers looking to get away from it all.

Pillar Falls in Southern Idaho
Idaho Tourism

6. Pillar Falls

While this series of cascading falls can be seen from the Snake River Canyon Rim Trail, the best views are available to adventurous hikers willing to tackle the steep 1.1-mile trail that leads close enough to the falls to feel the spray of the water (maybe you can get in a little paddleboarding as well).

7. Dierkes Lake Park

In addition to all the water recreation (including scuba diving), there is a 1.8-mile loop trail around the lake for walkers and hikers. An offshoot of the main trail leads to the appropriately named Hidden Lake, which is tucked away within the ferns and sagebrush.

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