Last Updated September 14, 2018 9/14/2018

9 Best Waterfalls in Idaho

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Around every nook in cranny in the Gem State, there seems to be a jaw-dropping water feature, from lakes, trickling streams and rushing rivers, to impressive falls. While it could take months to visit them all, these nine beauties give travelers a glimpse into Idaho’s waterfall scene. Spring undoubtedly is the highlight time to take the voyage—snowfall and rain bring strength and power to the flow, and it’s dramatically astounding. Photography enthusiasts will find that sunset is a phenomenal time to capture photos, but in general, anytime is perfect to visit. Be sure to plan your hike or stop ahead of time–dress for the climate, bring snacks and make sure conditions are favorable for a jaunt in the wild.


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Niagra Springs

Multiple glacial water trails tumble down a lush, green mountain hill, creating one of the prettiest stops in Thousand Springs State Park. Certainly being one of the more interesting and unexpected water features, it should be at the top of any Idaho site seeing bucket list. Niagara Springs has also been named as a National Natural Landmark, and a steelhead fish hatchery sits on the other side of the road. After visiting, you may be inspired to try your luck fishing at the nearby Crystal Lake.

Perrine Coulee Falls

Perrine Coulee not only is a natural accent of the Twin Falls neighborhood, it has served, practically, for over 100 years as a source of irrigation. View the spewing stream from above or below— either way, it’s a mesmerizing site as the water showers from its 200-foot cliff. The Perrine Bridge is a spectacular point to gaze from as well, and on-leash dogs are welcome to roam the paths with their owners.

Mesa Falls

Broken up into two cataracts in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, upper Mesa Falls plunges 114 feet over ancient lava rock. Mesa is pure nature, as it’s not used in any man-made energy processes. A scenic byway loops past the waterfalls, while visitors should definitely consider dropping by the Big Falls interpretive center to learn about the unique landscape that forms the attraction.

Jump Creek Falls

Carved into Jump Creek Canyon’s towering stone walls within the riparian, Owyhee Wilderness is an oasis known as Jump Creek Falls. The water just glides down the mountainous surface, rather than crashing like other raging falls, so it’s quite serene and peaceful. If you’re staying in Boise, this is the perfect day trip, as the drive and the hike are both relatively short. Bring a picnic, plenty of drinking water and your swimsuit, of course.

Fall Creek Falls

Different streams of water spout from a greenery-covered rock face, gushing straight into the Snake River. Views from the somewhat overgrown top path are incredible, as you can see a large stretch of the iconic river. Some choose to swim out to the cascades, but always use extreme caution when forging rushing waters and check with local advisors in the area.

Lady Face Falls

Stanley Idaho sets slightly north of Sun Valley and is so pristine and scenically breathtaking that it feels like another world entirely. Lady Lace Falls can be accessed via the Stanley Lake Creek Trail, which can be a somewhat exerting hike. Lady Face is simple, but when combined with the raw beauty of Stanley, becomes something magical.

Shadow and Fern Falls

Coeur d’Alene National Forest in Idaho’s rugged panhandle is reminiscent of a set from Lord of the Rings. A majestic, mossy trail leads to two outpourings only 0.2 miles from the parking area. However, the drive up can be a bit challenging, but kind of fun if we’re being honest—just be sure your vehicle is equipped for it. Although the falls aren’t raging like others, they are equally as amazing, thanks to their surroundings.

The Devil's Washbowl

Stop at Malad Gorge State Park between your drive from Boise to Twin Falls to see this hidden, thunderous h2O wonder. A rushing force of water plummets into what actually does look like a massive bowl. The water is moving so powerfully, that you don’t get that same crystal look at the pool below, but even so, it’s a site to behold. Don’t be surprised if you see adrenaline junkies kayaking the violent waters.

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls

Two hours from Boise in Twin Falls is a dramatic 900-foot wide water feature spilling from the snake river—Shoshone is often referred to as the Niagara Falls of the West. Crashing waters create a massive mist cloud when the falls are at their peak in the spring. Water free falls for 212 feet, into an expansive pool below where kayakers and other outdoor enthusiasts can be spotted. If you had to pick just one waterfall to see while in Idaho, this is the big daddy.


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