Shoshone Falls Idaho

This Tourist's Guide

This guide to Shoshone Falls is not a typical tourist guide. I am not a travel writer, I don’t work for a travel agency I am just a simple tourist and this article is written from a real tourists’ perspective, mine.

What you read is my own personal experience as a tourist who was actually visiting Shoshone Falls. Hopefully, you will get a more realistic idea of what is on offer from this Hub, than that which is from some blurb written by someone with a vested interest.

I hope the photos will also give a proper taste of what is actually there.

Shoshone Falls

The Notice board at Shoshone Falls the little purple teddy bear was a present from Sue's workmates and came on holiday with us. They wanted Teddy to be featured in our holiday photos of the trip.
The Notice board at Shoshone Falls the little purple teddy bear was a present from Sue's workmates and came on holiday with us. They wanted Teddy to be featured in our holiday photos of the trip.

Serendipity ~ Shoshone Falls

Like a lot of places that we visit on our holidays Shoshone Falls was not a pre planned place for us to visit.

We came across a sign for Shoshone Falls that was posted along our route to Boise, where we were heading to visit a friend, ahh sweet serendipity.

We saw the sign post and thought that it looked interesting and we made our way there and when you see the photographs I think that you will agree that it was well worth the detour.

Welcome to Shoshone Falls

As the sign on the first photograph says welcome to Shoshone Falls or rather to our visit to Shoshone Falls.

The noise from the water crashing 212 feet down over the falls is absolutely deafening I wish I had recorded the sound for you.

There is a fine spray that is thrown up as the water crashes onto the rocks below which if the sun is shining often produces rainbows and at least one of our photos has such a rainbow in it.

Rainbow at the Falls

This is a rainbow caused by the mist or spray thrown up by the water crashing 212 feet down onto the rocks.
This is a rainbow caused by the mist or spray thrown up by the water crashing 212 feet down onto the rocks.

The Niagara Falls of the West

Shoshone Falls is often referred to as the Niagara Falls of the West and at 212 feet Shoshone has in fact a drop of around thirty foot more than that of Niagara Falls.

The falls are named after the Shoshone Indian tribe that used to live in this region long before the white settlers came.

Shoshone Falls is on the Snake River in Idaho not too far from the City of Twin Falls.

These photos don't really do justice to the grandeur and power of the falls
These photos don't really do justice to the grandeur and power of the falls

March is a good time to visit

The weather on the day we visited was ideal and we came away with some beautiful photographs.

Our visit took place in March so we came upon the Falls at the best time of the year when the water levels are at their best.

We are told that in July and August the water is diverted for agricultural use and the falls can be reduced almost to a trickle.

This must be very disappointing if you travelled to see the falls and all you got was a trickle.

View From Above the Falls

You can see the Falls and the Hydro Electric Powerplant behind us, even stood here the roar of the water is still loud.
You can see the Falls and the Hydro Electric Powerplant behind us, even stood here the roar of the water is still loud.

I am now just going to share the rest of the photos and I am going to let them speak for themselves as I think that they are far more eloquent than I am.

Let the Falls Speak for themselves

Anyone for Dinner?

Up above the falls we met a lady who was fishing in the crystal clear water.

We were fortunate enough to see her catch a fish which I think was a Rainbow Trout.

The lady very kindly let us take a photograph of her and the fish that she caught which, she was going to take home and have grilled with fixings for her dinner.

There is nothing quite like eating fish that has been freshly caught especially when you are the one that has caught it.

Fresh caught fish

We were fortunate enough to see her catch this.
We were fortunate enough to see her catch this.
This is the best I could do to give you some idea of how clear the water up here is.
This is the best I could do to give you some idea of how clear the water up here is.

Rock Chucks

I would like to have included a photo of what the locals call Rock Chucks (Marmots) we saw them all over the place but when we tried to get a photograph of them they seemed to melt away faster than snow on a hot griddle (that is my feeble attempt at saying it like an American, I think I had better stick to plain old English).

As I was saying they kept disappearing before we could get a photograph so the next best thing is a photograph of my friend trying to get a photo of the little critters.

My friend trying her best to capture a photograph of the little critters but alas with no success
My friend trying her best to capture a photograph of the little critters but alas with no success
No we never did get a photo but if we did it would have looked like this one of a Rock Chuck that I got from from Wikipedia
No we never did get a photo but if we did it would have looked like this one of a Rock Chuck that I got from from Wikipedia

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Thanks for visiting

 

Thanks for visiting and I hope that you have enjoyed this little tourist’s visit to Shoshone Falls and now you know that there is more to Idaho than just potatoes.

Take some time out and see some of the other places I have travelled to. My travelling is not just limited to the USA there are Hubs on places in Europe also.

If you have never been to Spain then check out the Guadalest and Villajoyosa hubs you will be in for a real treat and the photographs give you a real taste of Spain.

Thanks again for your visit please leave a comment

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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I grew up in S. Idaho and you did this place complete honor. It is breathtaking! Wish I could have joined you.. next time, ok?


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

I wish you could have joined us Candie I am sure we would have had a great time next time absolutely


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RNMSN 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

man all the times we've been through Idaho and Never went to the falls!! This must be remedied!!! I will speak to hubby about this :)

beautifully done maggs!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

You are on!! Send me a note!!


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

RNMSN I think that when you grow up with these places you don't always go out your way to go see them. I know I lived in Nottingham until I got married and I had not been to see Sherwood Forest or some of the Stately Homes like Chatsworth, Hardwick etc until my German penfriend came to stay with us by then I was 19 and I took her to see them. I am sure if Friedchen hadn't come I would not have visited these places.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Maggs,

I enjoyed traveling with you. The only part of Idaho I have seen is when going through the section from Jackson Hole, Wyoming up to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park (the southern entrance was closed due to fires that year). And as you say.........potatoes, potatoes and more potato farming everywhere. Happy to have seen this Shoshone Falls via your hub. Nice photos especially with the rainbows.


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thanks Peggy for your kind comments, glad you enjoyed your peek at Shoshone Falls with us.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Maggs224, Wonderful hub! Thank you for the mini virtual vacation! Beautiful photos and Thank You for sharing, Blessings!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thanks for your kind comments, glad you could do a virtual visit with us. I am getting excited about my next holiday which starts on Dec 16th when we go to Fredericksburg to spend Christmas and the New Year with my daughter and her family she is setting up Christmas stuff for us to see looking forward to seeing the nations capital all done up for Christmas. Hopefully we will come back with lots of photos some of which might just make an appearance in a hub.


Sarah 6 years ago

I love the photos. They can show me how it really looked over there. It even makes me feel like I want to go.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

I am so glad that you liked the photos, the Shoshone Falls are well worth a visit if you are ever in the area. Thank you for leaving a comment.


will 5 years ago

it is amazzing


will 5 years ago

can you swim there


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Will, thanks for your comments, in answer to your question:-

It didn’t say on the board that you couldn’t swim but the day that we were there it was way too cold for anyone to even want to swim.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful place. I'm sure you would like to visit again. Thanks for sharing the awesome photo's. I notice you even captured a rainbow. That's special.

Cheers, Elena.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Elena, for leaving such a kind comment, I am so pleased that you liked the photographs

Cheers Maggs

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