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May 11, 2016: Shoshone Falls – Niagara of the West


I love waterfalls and had been looking forward to seeing these falls for a long time. I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. The astounding Shoshone Falls, which are located approximately five miles east of the city of Twin Falls, is one of the most spectacular,  natural, and beautiful waterfalls along the Snake River in southern Idaho. Sometimes called the “Niagara of the West,” Shoshone Falls is 212 feet high, which is 45 feet higher than Niagara Falls, and flows over a rim 1,000 feet wide.

shoshone falls2They are part of a bigger park, but definitely the highlight! They have a wonderful little platform to view the falls, take pictures, or just sit in awe of their gander. As you can see from the pictures, there are actually two parts to the falls, with the bottom being the biggest of course. We were there a couple of time during our trip and I was amazed at how quiet it was. I mean the falls were loud, but that was all you really heard, but it wasn't overbearing. It was just beautiful and peaceful. Perfect actually.

shoshone-falls3Irrigation diversion of Snake River flows can significantly diminish water over the falls in the summer and fall, particularly during dry years. However, even without high water flows, the views at Shoshone Falls remain spectacular year-round.  Like I said earlier, we went a couple times while in the area but the first time was late afternoon the first day we rolled into town. It was so pretty and quiet by the time we got there late that afternoon. We took a lot of pictures and walked around some of the trails they have. We saw several marmots while walking around which was cool as I had never seen one. Some people think they are ugly, but I thought they were really kinda cute. Each to their own I guess, lol


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You are very welcome. We had never been to Idaho, and Twin Falls is now one of my favorite cities. Such a gorgeous state. Glad you enjoyed my post  

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