Misted by the ‘Niagara of the West’

The wind is fierce and the mist from the falls makes it even colder, but it sure does contribute to the beauty of this Idaho wonder.

Shoshone Falls can be found just miles from Twin Falls and, even on a blustery day, tourists come from across the country to see the water pour from 212 feet above into the Snake River below.

Dennis Bowner, director of parks and recreation for the city of Twin Falls, claims that at 212 feet high, Shoshone Falls is taller than Niagara Falls. In several different places, I saw Shoshone dubbed as the Niagara of the West. Even Bowner joked that maybe Niagara Falls should, instead, be referred to as the Shoshone of the East.

We spoke with those who traveled from California, and even the deep south, to see the sights in southern Idaho.

While the wind and rain we experienced may not have been the ideal conditions for this tourist stop, it didn’t stop Vick Lipoma, of Rising Fawn, Georgia, from sharing the view with his family.

An estimated 3 to 4,000 visitors stopped by the same weekend we were there to feel the falls’ mist on their skin.

Bowner said the falls flow at about 9,000 CFS (cubic feet per second). The record was set in 1997 when the falls flowed at 30,000 CFS.

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