Twin Falls, Idaho

This is a seriously high bridge
This is a seriously high bridge

As you swing through Idaho a great place to visit is Twin Falls

The Snake River forms a pretty dramatic canyon on the north side of the city. You have to cross a serious bridge to get into town.

On the south side of the bridge there is a visitor centre with a great viewpoint of the bridge and the canyon.

Apparently the bridge is a favourite locale for base jumpers. I didn’t see anyone parachuting off the bridge when I visited.

There were kayakers in the Snake River below. They were the size of ants.

Evel Knievel’s Big Stunt

As well as a wonderful view, there is a plaque that commemorates Evel Knievel’s attempt to soar over the canyon on a rocket powered “motorcycle”. The location of his stunt is about 2 miles east of the bridge.

In fact the dirt ramp that he used is still there, though it is on private land and it can only be viewed from the distance.

The ramp Evel Knievel used iin his Snake River stunt is still there
The ramp Evel Knievel used iin his Snake River stunt is still there

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls. The Niagara Falls of the west.
Shoshone Falls. The Niagara Falls of the west.

Shoshone Falls is a wonderful natural spectacle a few miles east of Twin Falls.

It is billed as the Niagara falls of the west. Though I have never been to Niagara Falls I can’t make a real comparison. However, I can tell you that Shoshone Falls are worth a look.

There are signs in Twin Falls that will lead you to Shoshone Falls Park. There is a $3/vehicle charge to get into the park. The park has a very nice walkway with several superb viewpoints of the falls.

I am told that the falls are even more impressive in March/April, when the Snake River is swollen with spring runoff. Still, in July, it was worth the side trip.

You can see for yourself in the photo I have posted!

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