Inside Idaho: The ‘Niagara of the West’ is just a day trip away


Last week, we went high in the Idaho skies in our inside Idaho Series for a peek at the state’s tallest mountain.

This week, we visit another tall Idaho attraction – Shoshone Falls, also known as the “Niagara of the West.”

The waterfall, located about three miles northeast of Twin Falls on the Snake River, sits 212 feet high – 36 feet higher than Niagara Falls – and 900 feet wide.

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“Tourists have been known to visit Shoshone Falls as early as the mid-19th Century when travelers along the Oregon Trail would detour from the trail to visit the Falls,” the city website notes.

In 1932, Federick and Martha Adams donated the land to the City of Twin Falls with the stipulation that the land is maintained as a public park. Then in 1933, the State of Idaho donated land to the west of the original park site to the City of Twin Falls.

Visiting the falls

From March 1st through September 30th, the fee to visit the falls is $5/car at the Shoshone Falls Park and Dierkes Lake parking lot.

The best time to visit, according to the city website, is in the spring when the snowpack melts and the flows reach 12,000 CFS.

During the early part of the season, the falls will light up for Shoshone Falls After Dark – with a special light show illuminating the water.

For more information on the falls, click here.

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