September 8, 2018
Located in Twin Falls, Idaho, it is often referred to as “The Niagara of the West”.
“At 212 feet tall and 900 feet wide, Shoshone Falls is one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States surpassing the height of the famous Niagara Falls.” ~ tfid.org
A bit of information:
- There is an entrance fee of $3.00 per car (March 30 – September 30)
- The lookout platform is only a short, easy walk from the parking lot
- It is wheelchair accessible
- There are five RV pull through parking spots
- Flow varies seasonally defending on recent amount of rainfall as well as how much water is released at Milner Dam (20 miles upstream)
- No overnight camping
- Dogs are allowed on lease
I would definitely give this stop two thumbs up!
TRIVIA TIDBIT: “On September 8, 1974, American daredevil Evel Knievel attempted to jump over the Snake River approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the falls on a rocket-powered motorcycle, the Skycycle X-2, after unsuccessfully petitioning the U.S. Government to let him attempt a jump over the Grand Canyon. Knievel and his team purchased land on both sides of the Snake River and built a large earthen ramp and launch structure. A crowd of 30,000 gathered to watch Knievel’s jump, which failed because his parachute opened too early, causing him to float down towards the river. Knievel likely would have drowned were it not for canyon winds that blew him to the river bank; he ultimately survived with a broken nose. In September 2016, professional stuntman Eddie Braun successfully jumped the Snake River Canyon in a replica of Knievel’s rocket.” ~ Wikipedia
COMING NEXT: An afternoon at the Bonneville Salt Flats on our way home.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: The two-week swing through Idaho and western Montana with my sister and brother-in-law was coming to an end. I am extremely grateful that we had this time together. With each of us having an RV, I am hopeful that we can make this a yearly tradition.