Hello Twin Falls Idaho – Snake River, Shoshone Falls, And Evel Knievel! Day 45

twin fall idaho
23 Oct

Our first full day into Idaho was spent in the beautiful city of Twin Falls, and was filled with a little slice of everything.

From taking in the beautiful views at Shoshone Falls (pictured above), to hiking the Snake River Canyon Rim Trail, we were able to explore a city surrounded by some pretty impressive scenic beauty.

So scenic, in fact, that it once even attracted Evel Knievel to attempt a jump over the breathtaking canyon walls of Snake River.

One thing is for sure, we were both totally caught of guard by Idaho’s natural wonders!

Shoshone Falls

Our day started off with a visit to Shoshone Falls and the Snake River Canyon.

twin falls idaho - snake river canyon
The Snake River and surrounding canyons. it was an unexpected pleasure to see and experience in the town of Twin Falls, Idaho.

Talk about an opportunity to experience an unexpected natural wonder! For us, Shoshone Falls becomes another “never knew about it before this trip” place to put in our memory banks.

Often referred to as the “Niagara Fall of the West”, Shoshone Falls are located on the edge of Twin Falls, Idaho.

At 212 feet in height, the falls are actually taller than Niagra’s. And watching the water flow into the gorgeous Snake River and throughout the canyon below is a sight to behold.

As beautiful as the views were, the locals all told us it’s even more breathtaking in the spring. That is when the snow melt from the surrounding mountains leads to epic volumes of water rushing over the falls.

the falls
The Shoshone Falls are often referred to as the Niagara of the West. And it is easy to see why. No matter where we took a photo from, there was always a rainbow appearing to add a little to the picture.

As beautiful as it was today, I can’t imagine being here to see that as well!

Hiking The Snake River Canyon Rim Trail In Twin Falls Idaho

After taking in the falls, it was time for a little hiking. The trails at Snake River Canyon Rim Trail are honestly among the best we have hiked so far on the trip.

With about 10 miles of trails that showcase spanning views of the canyon, river and lakes, it really offers something for everyone – including walking, hiking, biking, and even kayaking.

We started off with the 2 mile Lake Tour hike at Dierkes Park that included nearly 200 metal steps attached right into the cliff walls.

The Lake Trail is certainly one of our favorites so far on the trip. The rocks, sandy trails and view of the canyons and lakes filled the hike with 360 degree beauty.

The rock formations and canyon walls are all remnants of lava flows from long-ago. It made for a sensational hike.

Evel Knievel, Twin Falls, & The Snake River

And now, for Twin Falls, Idaho’s connection to Evel Knievel.

Growing up, I always remember tuning in with my brother to watch whatever stunt Evel Knievel was about to try.

And it just so happens, unbeknownst to me before this trip, that Twin Falls, Idaho was the site of one of his most famous and unfortunately unsuccessful jump attempts

Lake Trail
The Lake Trail included a series of metal stairs that allowed you to climb and go all around the canyon. Tiring, but gorgeous!

On September 8th, 1974, using a modified steam-powered skycycle – Evel attempted to jump the quarter-mile wide Snake River Canyon.

It apparently went awry with a malfunctioning parachute, but you can still hike to see the remnants today of the earthen hill where he attempted the stunt.

Just another little bit of history we have learned from this amazing trip so far! Happy Traveling – Jim and Mary.


  • Day 45 of 365
  • States Visited 8 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments Visited : 10
  • Stayed In : Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Miles Driven : 37.3
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 5939.7
  • Total Gallons Used : 441.42
  • Biking Miles : 0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 109.6
  • Hiking Miles : 3.5
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 120.5

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