Shoshone Falls, Idaho – Niagara of the West

April 7, 2017

Praveen and I had Shoshone Falls, Idaho on our list from a long time. We did not wanted to visit this in winter and so we planned to wait until February. First week of March, there were floods in Northern Utah near the Bear Lake. The Shoshone Falls was closed to due to icy trails. Shoshone Falls is well known as Niagara of the west here. So if you plan to visit this place during winter then make sure it’s not closed. You can check the live status here.

On the way to Idaho
On the way to Shoshone Falls, Idaho
Shoshone Falls-Idaho in March 2017
Shoshone falls, Idaho at its best!

So we just planned it one Saturday morning to visit this place. The plan was to come back on the same day to Utah. Shoshone falls is located on the edge of Twin Falls and it is also a natural beauty on the Snake river well known as “Niagara of the West”. It has 212 foot drop and a width of 900 feet which is also higher than the Niagara falls in the US-Canada Border. When we visited this place the water was around 22000 cubic feet per second.

The gorge, filled with mist from the Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho
The gorge, filled with mist from the Shoshone Falls, Idaho

Shoshone-falls-Idaho They have hiking trails, playground, huge lush green picnic area from where the falls is visible and a scenic overlook.

The main viewpoint
The main viewpoint at Shoshone Falls, ID
Picnic area from where the Shoshone Falls is visible
Picnic area from where the Shoshone Falls is visible
Picnic Area in Shoshone Falls, ID
My signature pose clicked from the picnic area
Hiking towards Canyon Rim Hiking Trail in Shoshone Falls Park, ID
Hiking towards Canyon Rim Hiking Trail in Shoshone Falls Park, Idaho

  • Hike Type: It’s more of a stroll than a hike to get a complete panoramic view of the Shoshone falls. There is a Canyon Rim Trail which you takes you to a littler higher elevation so you can get a better view of the Gorge and falls.
  • Total time required: Less than 1 hour if you are skipping the Canyon Rim Trail.
  • Dogs: Allowed on Leash.
  • Kid friendly: Yes
  • Best time: Spring or Summer season – Open year round (I have been in Spring)
  • Washrooms: Available
  • Parking: Entrance to the falls is $3 for each car. There is plenty of space to park.
  • Picnic tables: Available with Shoshone falls overlook.
Shoshone falls-parking, Idaho
One of the few parking lots
Parking at Shoshone Falls, Idaho
One of the few parking lots

We totally enjoyed the scenic beauty. The locals even told us that the water hadn’t flowed like this in 20 years. There is small souvenir shop and the rates are quite reasonable.

Other Attractions (On the way):

  • Hansen Bridge

While driving towards the Shoshone Falls from Utah, you do come across this beautiful bridge. Its built in 1910 and it also has view area where you can stop by. The view was not bad.

Hansen Bridge from the view point
Very tall, Isn’t it?
Snake river, Twin Falls, Idaho
Snake river
  • Federation Point Trail

We did not hike here but we just spent few minutes as this is very close to Shoshone Falls, Idaho.

View from Federation Point, Twin Falls, ID
View from Federation Point, Twin Falls, ID
  • Twin Falls, Twin Falls

We just like everyone got confused with Twin falls – the waterfall and thought it is just the city name. Obviously we realised this much later that the city name is Twin Falls and also there is a waterfall known as Twin falls. (Ugrrr…. So confusing?, isn’t it? ) Dont miss this one like we did.!

 

Happy travels.

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Have a nice day!

 

 

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