Whether you've got days to explore Twin Falls or are just passing through on your way to Somewhere Else, plan to stop at Shoshone Falls, the Niagara of the West.
You've heard of fly-over states, right? Well, if Idaho is a flyover state, then Twin Falls is a drive-thru town. Travelers tend to stop for gas, a bite to eat, and a short stroll to stretch their legs, but they don't always stick around to enjoy the sights. However, just like those flyover states, if you take the time to explore instead of rushing on through, Twin Falls has some memorable things to offer.
Whether you've got days to explore or are just passing through Twin Falls on your way to Somewhere Else, plan to stop for these two stunning destinations on your way - Shoshone Falls and Perrine Bridge. They are totally worth your time!ael]
Visiting Shoshone Falls • The Niagara of the West
Did you know that you can visit a waterfall in Twin Falls, Idaho that’s higher than Niagara Falls*? It’s true! At 212 feet tall and 900 feet wide, Shoshone Falls – known as the Niagara of the West – is one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States.
*The height of Niagara Falls, depending on where the measurement is taken, varies between167 feet and 188 feet.
Located at the northern edge of Twin Falls along the Snake River, Shoshone Falls makes an impressive stop. The park at Shoshone Falls is a great place to relax and shake off the road dust. There is a lovely shaded picnic area and a view of the falls, perfect for lunch or a quick afternoon power nap before you get back on the road.
There are paved trails and several observation platforms and areas from which to view the Falls. The park is ADA accessible, and there are multiple places from which to view the Falls without having to go up or down any stairs.
Other recreational opportunities at Shoshone Falls include a children’s playground, hiking trails, a boat ramp, and a swimming area.
Shoshone Falls Traveler Information
Shoshone Falls is open year round with the exceptions of temporary closures due to poor road conditions. The park hours are from dawn to dusk.
There are restrooms and a small souvenir and snack shop on site.
- The vehicle fee at Shoshone Falls Park is $5.00 per car. [July 2019] The fee is in effect from March 1st through September 30th.
- Season passes are available for purchase at the Parks and Recreation office and at the ticket booth.
- RVers: Park has five pull through RV spots that can accommodate most RV's and Tour buses. No overnight camping.
- Pets: Leashed Dogs are welcome in Shoshone Falls Park. The only exception is that dogs are not allowed in the grassy area of nearby Dierkes Lake.
Directions: If possible, use GPS to find the entrance to the Falls park, as the signage is not always obvious. Set the address to: 4155 Shoshone Falls Grade Road, Twin Falls, ID 833301.] Click here for a map.
Click here for more information about Shoshone Falls.
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Twin Falls Travelers: Be sure to stop at Perrine Memorial Bridge (the 8th tallest bridge in the US), too!
If you find find yourself in eastern Idaho looking something out of this world, be sure to check out the Craters of the Moon National Monument!
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Kelsie Corbett says
That waterfall looks absolutely amazing! I've never been to Idaho but it sounds amazing!
Renée ♥ says
From the freeway, Idaho can look like just a lot of flat land, but if you take the time, you can find some beautiful places.
Jennifer Brock says
Those falls are gorgeous!!!! My husband loves finding waterfalls and hidden waters in nature!
What a beautiful view! I hadn't heard of this gorgeous place before, now I want to visit asap.
Indya | The Small Adventurer says
Oh my goodness, this place looks breathtaking! Although I'm very easily scared, so I doubt I'd be able to go anywhere near that bridge if I was too visit ??
Renée ♥ says
There is a nice walkway by the Visitor's Center that has good views of both the bridge and the river, and you never have to set foot on the bridge.
How incredibly stunning! I've never been to Idaho before but have heard it's amazing to visit! 🙂
We love Shoshone Falls! It's such a gorgeous location!
Shoshone Falls looks spectacular! How fun to uncover these secret beauties!
My goodness, I've never even heard of Shoshone Falls before. It's now on my NW bucket list. Looks gorgeous!
Renée ♥ says
It is, Mary. I'd never been there before either, although Rick has been there multiple times. Perrine Bridge stole the show for me though - the views at sunset were breathtaking.
Katie Carrick says
I stopped here a few years back on a road trip from Salt Lake City, through Boise, and back to Portland. It's definitely worth the stop. It was super windy when I was there but I still very much enjoyed the view and walk about.
Catherine @ To & Fro Fam says
I've never heard of Shoshone Falls even though I live in nextdoor Oregon. After seeing your photos of the waterfall and the bridge, though, I totally want to go!
Renée ♥ says
It was new to me, too! Mr B travels through Twin on business frequently, so he's the one who gets the credit for scouting out both these beautiful destinations for us. ?
Aditi Wardhan Singh says
I did not know about this amazing location. I would love to visit this. Specialy you pictures.