Sunday, May 3, 2009

Shoshone Falls

Two Saturdays ago we packed the kids in the car and made the trip to Twin Falls to see the "Niagara of the West." Boy, did I wish I would have had the bit of information I'm about to pass along to you before we went. You see, we had no idea that it would be an HOUR wait in the car before we even got to see the falls.

We had no idea that thousands of other people were as interested in seeing Shoshone Falls that day as we were. Traffic was backed up bumper to bumper for two miles. After a two hour drive and sitting in a line of traffic, the kids were getting restless. I finally said, "Come on kids, we're walking the rest of the way." Of course, I didn't know how far it was to the falls, I just knew I didn't want to wait any longer. We jumped out of the car, got the stroller out of the back, and hoofed it on foot, while the husband had to wait in the line of traffic. We beat him down the road by about 25 minutes or so.

The falls were spectacular and the weather was perfect. The girl loved knowing that she had seen the best waterfall in the west. Most of the pictures are ones that she took since I had my hands full with the little ones. We had a great time and would highly recommend making the trip to see Shoshone Falls.

Things to know before you go:
Expect the trip to take all day. Take a stroller if you have young kids. There are restrooms available, but no soap. Bring your own soap or hand sanitizer. There are snacks, drinks, and souvenirs available for purchase. There is a large grassy area and picnic tables. Expect a long wait and tons of people if you are going during the peak season, April thru May. There is a park fee of 3.00 per vehicle. Dogs are permitted on leashes. Take your camera and check the weather before you go. Driving directions are pretty easy. Go to
Twin Falls and then turn left on Falls Ave and follow the signs. Have fun!

Here's a link to a video of the falls that the Idaho Statesman posted in April.


Emi said...

I am from... um...
not Idaho

Gina said...

wow, that is gorgeous! I can't believe we never went there growing up. Sam and I will have to take the kids sometime before we move.