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Shoshone Falls in Idaho

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Best time: all year round | best March–early June

Shoshone Falls
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Shoshone Falls, Idaho
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One of the largest U.S. waterfalls, Shoshone Falls is taller than Niagara Falls. Located on the Snake River in Southern Idaho, it's one of the main attractions in the state. The waterfall appeared thousands of years ago as a result of an outburst flooding of Lake Bonneville. Being 212 ft (65 m) high and 900 ft (274 m) wide, the waterfall resembles Niagara, however, its flow is more seasonal.

When is the best time to visit Shoshone Falls

Late spring is the best time to see Shoshone Falls at its fullest. As the snow starts to melt in the Rockies in March, the flow of the waterfall increases considerably and can reach 20,000 cubic feet per second. The roaring falls with foaming water can be observed throughout May and early June. In the summer, water from the Snake River is diverted to be used for irrigation of nearby farm fields so the volume tends to be half as big as in the spring. During the late summer and fall months, the waterfall is the least impressive and can even go dry, depending on the rainfall.

Things to do at Shoshone Falls

Activities at Shoshone Falls Park range from hiking, golfing, and biking to SUP, kayaking, and swimming. One of the best ways to explore the area is a 12-mi (19-km) Canyon Rim Trail that is rated as moderate. Also, you can capture more stunning views of the river when walking over Perrine Bridge. A swimming area at nearby Dierkie's Lake and a boat ramp in the park operate during the summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A few rentals offer SUP and boat equipment on the Snake River, but reservations and prior experience are required.

How to get to Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls is located 3 mi (4.8 km) northeast from the city of Twin Falls. It is close to the borders of Utah, Nevada, and Oregon. Shoshone Falls can be reached in a three-hour drive from Salt Lake City and in two hours from Boise.

If you see Shoshone Falls when the water is high, it can definitely make an impression. Snake River Canyon is an attraction by itself, and there are a few other waterfalls in Southern Idaho, like Twin Falls and Perrine Coulee Falls, which can all be easily visited in a single weekend.

Where to stay close to Shoshone Falls

The city of Twin Falls offers a wide range of accommodations for various budgets: from RV parks and campgrounds to airbnbs and hotel suites. Check out the map below to find the most convenient lodging option for your Shoshone Falls trip.

Practical info

What waterfalls are in the area of Southern Idaho?

Southern Idaho has many waterfalls worth visiting, in addition to Shoshone Falls. Perrine Coulee Falls can be found between the Snake River canyon, while Twin Falls is named after the park where it is located. A weekend trip can accommodate all the waterfalls in Southern Idaho. Show more

How far is Shoshone Falls from Salt Lake City?

To visit Shoshone Falls, Salt Lake City is a common starting point, and it is around three hours away or approximately 200 miles north. I-15 North is one route to the park, but it's possible to fly into Twin Falls Regional Airport; it is a fifteen-minute drive from the falls. Show more

Is swimming allowed at Shoshone Falls?

Shoshone Falls allows swimming at its designated swim area, which is available at nearby Dierkie's Lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Visitors should be alert as the water is fast moving and vigorous. Swimmers must maintain their safety even in dedicated swim areas. Show more

What kind of activities are offered at Shoshone Falls Park?

Visitors can indulge in a variety of activities at Shoshone Falls Park, which includes a 12-mi Canyon Rim Trail for nature enthusiasts, playing golf or cycling. Additionally, renting equipment to enjoy paddleboarding and kayaking at the park boat ramp is also feasible. The park's fun activities cater to everyone visiting the area. Show more

What's the best time of the year to witness a beautiful view of Shoshone Falls?

Late spring is the best time to visit Shoshone Falls for a breathtaking experience. The waterfall flow significantly increases in March during the snow melting season in the Rockies. From the start of May to early June, visitors can relish the waterfalls at their finest. However, the waterfalls' grandeur during the latter half of summer and autumn is less striking, primarily depending on rainfall levels. Show more

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