Benfield's 2013 Travels travel blog

Snake River Valley


The Falls in the Autumn

The area of Shoshone Falls where water falls normally

Water above the falls





Panorama of Shoshone falls

Shoshone Falls as it looks in the Spring

This morning we drove to Twin Falls, Idaho and registered for two nights of camping at Oregon Trail Campground. The campground is pretty nice but the sites aren't as large as the ones we were just in. They do have great Wifi which we appreciate. They had two nights available so that is how long we'll stay in this area.

That meant that after we got set up, we headed over to see Shoshone Falls. These falls are toted to be the Niagara falls of the West. It is 212' high which is higher than Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, it is only like Niagara Falls in the spring and early summer when the river flows are high. During dry years the water is drawn from the Snake River for irrigation and so the water is significantly diminished. This year is a dry year and so the water flow was practically nil. The area of the dam is still splendid. From the looks of the canyon carved out by the Snake River, there is no need for flood control in Twin Falls. The canyon walls are high all the way through town and they are quite stunning.

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