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.
They 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 we loud, but that was all you really heard, but it didn’t feel loud or overbearing. It was just beautiful and peaceful. Perfect actually.
Irrigation 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. We were there in late May and it was still running pretty good. 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
The other great thing about the park is Dierkes Lake Complex. It was the most peaceful lake I had been to in a long time. One night we went and grabbed some dinner and set out at the lake with the dogs. It was the most relaxed I had been in I don’t know how long. I think it was one of our best vacations. What I like about the area is that it also offers a unique blend of recreational facilities, including playgrounds and hiking trails, landscaped picnic areas, a boat ramp and swimming area, and a scenic overlook. The complex also provides restroom facilities and visitor information. Not only that, it also provides a perfect vantage point for viewing Shoshone Falls.
After we had dinner we walked around the lake, and took some pictures. We also walked along the dock for a little while but the swaying scared the dogs, so we ended up back on the grounds to watch a game of Frisbee. The dogs got a lot of attention, and loved every minute of it. I really wished we lived closer to Twin Falls because this would be our summer get away every year. Than again, there are so many other places to see too, lol. One day we will be back again. I was really impressed with Twin Falls, and Idaho In general.
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