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5 Of Idaho's Most Impressive Waterfalls You Need To Explore

Explore the raw power of Idaho's waterfalls.

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The roaring cascades and towering walls of Idaho’s waterfalls have drawn explorers to the Gem State for decades. Whether you are heading out for a short day trip or planning an extended road trip, make sure you stop to see at least one of Idaho’s most powerful natural wonders. Check out our list of Idaho’s most impressive waterfalls and let us be your guide to these wild and wet stunners.

1. Photograph Upper and Lower Mesa Falls

Photo: Josh Packer

One thing that is special about Mesa Falls is that they are the only large falls in Idaho that aren’t used for any sort of hydroelectric project or irrigation system. So, what you see is what you get: pure natural beauty. Learn more.

2. Hike to Shadow and Fern Falls

Photo: Rachel Christiansen

Accessible by an easy 100 to 300-yard hike on the same trail, Shadow Falls and Fern Falls are two of the most popular falls in Idaho’s panhandle. Shadow Falls gushes out over the edge of the rocks and plummets 25 feet down into a pool of crystal clear water, while Fern Falls is slightly smaller, drizzling onto the rocks below. Plan on visiting during the spring and early summer months while these tumbling beauties are in their prime. Learn more.

3. Explore Shoshone Falls

Photo: Sarah Sheehy

A short two-hour drive from Boise will take you to Twin Falls to see the “Niagara of the West.” When the snow begins to melt and the flowers start blossoming, Shoshone Falls begins to gain strength, making this colossal waterfall best to view during the spring and early summer when it’s at its peak. Shoshone Falls is 900 feet wide and is fed by the Snake River. Stand at the scenic overlook and watch this roaring giant feed endless amounts of water 212 feet into the river below. Learn more.

4. Photograph the Perrine Bridge and Perrine Coulee Falls

Photo: Josh Packer

Here you'll find the contrast of natural and man-made beauty at its finest. Crossing over the Snake River, The Perrine Bridge is an iconic state landmark and an impressive architectural feat. If you're lucky you might see a few daring BASE jumpers leaping from the bridge. Set up to practice your photography on the falls and bridge or hike around and explore the base of the 200 foot falls. Learn more.

5. Camp at Fall Creek Falls

Photo: Eric Bennett

Just an hour outside of Jackson Hole, this waterfall is very easy to access and makes for a great overnight pit stop if you are heading to Grand Tetons National Park from the West Coast. Just be sure to camp about 200 ft. from the water. If weather permits and you're willing to get wet, you can wade out to one of the small islands and explore the base of the falls. Learn more.

Get more information on these trails and others around the Gem State at Visit Idaho.

Cover photo: Josh Packer

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