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A Tourist's Guide to Shoshone Falls Idaho

Updated on October 11, 2017

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. I've written this article from a real tourists’ perspective, mine.

What you read is my own personal experience as a tourist. A Tourist that was actually visiting Shoshone Falls. I Hope that this guide will give you a realistic idea of what is on offer at the Falls.

This is not some blurb written by someone with a vested interest.
I hope also that my photos will give a small 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 posted along our route to Boise. We were heading towards Boise to visit a friend, ahh sweet serendipity.


Before we saw the sign we did not know there was such a place. When we saw the sign post we thought that it looked interesting. We soon 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 in this case welcome 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. If the sun is shining it 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. At 212 feet, Shoshone has in fact, a drop of around thirty feet more than that of Niagara Falls.

There are viewing walk ways and platforms, and you can feel the fine spray thrown up by the falls on your face. I am sure if there is a wind that you can get quite wet fast.


The falls get their name from the Shoshone Indian tribe. The Shoshone Indians 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.

First Sight

The falls are a majestic sight. The first time we saw them they took our breath away.
You could feel the awesome power of the water as it thundered down crashing onto the rocks 212 feet below.


The sound was deafening. You not only could hear the sound but you could also feel the sound. We were not left in any doubt of the power that Mother Nature had unleased.


The sight was captivating, I just wanted to stand and drink it all in. It is the most beautiful waterfall that I have ever seen. I am so glad that we happened to see the sign post.

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 can be diverted off for agricultural use. Because of this 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. She was going to take the fish home and have it 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 caught the fish.

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 they disappeared.


They seemed to melt away faster than snow on a hot griddle. That is my feeble attempt at saying it like an American, 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

Thanks for visiting

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


Thanks again for your visit please leave a comment

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      maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain

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

      Cheers Maggs

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      Elena 5 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 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

      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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      will 7 years ago

      can you swim there

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      will 7 years ago

      it is amazzing

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      maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

      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.

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      Sarah 7 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 8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      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.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 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 8 years ago from Sunny Spain

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

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      Peggy Woods 8 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 8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      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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      Candie V 8 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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      Barbara Bethard 8 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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      maggs224 8 years ago from Sunny Spain

      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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      Candie V 8 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?