Jul 272014

Just when we thought traveling out east to see New York’s Niagara Falls gave us the most beautiful and highest waterfall, we learned there is a Niagara Falls West. #Shoshone Falls #Idaho #Niagara Falls West #Retire for the Fun of it
Another Niagara Falls, you ask?  Well, Shoshone Falls in Idaho is 45 feet higher than Niagara Falls, although not nearly as wide.  If you don’t like crowds, you will love the view at these western Falls.  You won’t have to crowd onto a Maid of the Mist boat with other tourists for a wet ride to the falls, instead a small boat can be rented for your personal up close feel of a dramatic waterfall spray.

The dirt ramp is still there (on the left side) where Evel Knievel took a giant leap of faith in his Skycycle to reach the other side.  I remember that day in 1974, when thousands of people converged on the area in hopes of possibly seeing a daredevil fall to his death. #Snake River Canyon #Evel Knievel Jump #Idaho #Retire for the Fun of it

The rocket made it to the other side, but the drogue chute on his cycle came out too early.  The strong winds and dragging chute blew his rocket backwards and sent him plunging into the canyon.  According to the videos, Evel survived with just a bruised nose.  His famously over-inflated ego allowed him to call the jump a success.  I guess any time you can walk away from danger, confirms it as a success.

#Evel Knievel #X-2 Skycycle

Photo taken by Docob5 at the Harley-Davidson museum

Evel Knievel’s son is hoping to recreate his father’s jump, but hasn’t announced his plans yet.  Another motorcycle stuntman, Big Ed Beckley, received permission to do the jump this September.  Ed’s plan is to jump the canyon one day prior to the 40th anniversary of Knievel’s attempt.  Will he do it and survive?  We will find out in a few months.
#twin Sculpture #Twin Falls #Idaho
I love this sculpture named the Twins in Twin Falls, which seems to being twirling towards the sky near the Perrine Bridge.

Base Jumper Perrine Bridge Idaho
Base Jumpers 2 Canopies Idaho
Base Jumpers Canopies Bridge
Base Jumper Canopy Perrine Bridge IdahoNo, these are not suicidal jumpers deciding whether to end their lives off the Perrine Bridge.

They are wearing parachutes on their backs.

Evel Knievel isn’t the only person that takes leaps of faith into Twin Falls’ Snake River.

The Perrine Bridge has the distinction of being one of the few spots in America that allow BASE jumping without requiring permits.

For the non-adrenalin junkies, BASE stands for land-based areas that people risk their bodies to jump off of – Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth.

The city requests that jumpers please let the police know about their risky intentions.

Thus if a motorist dials 911 to report a suicide happening on the bridge, the police can assure them it’s just some nutty BASE jumper.

We were fortunate to get to the bridge in time to watch two jumpers enjoying their passion.

My husband and I have jumped with parachutes out of a “perfectly good airplane” on many occasions, but have no desire to try this sport anytime soon.

What is your favorite sport for that elusive adrenalin rush experience?

  51 Responses to “We Found A Second Niagara Falls Out West”

    • We agree that the powerful falls is beautiful to see and hear. The area was carved out so long ago and is still beautiful.

  1. Wow, Shoshone Falls is somewhere to put on my bucket list! I’ve always thought of Niagara and Victoria Falls as THE falls but Shoshone look incredible too. I love that Evel Knievel’s son is taking after his father and planning a jump … I used to revel in his father’s antics back in the day 😉 Impressed that you have jumped from a plane ‘a few times’!

    • Idaho’s Twin Falls is quite a surprise when you get there. The land is so flat and then this huge valley is carved out so far down, with the Snake River running through it.

  2. We loved Niagara Falls but had no idea these existed! Have to add them to our list. Thanks for sharing.

    • We were surprised too that the Shoshone Falls is higher than Niagara Falls. So many places to visit and so much fun finding them.

  3. Beautiful photos! I’m afraid the jumping is on the Nope List, though. 🙂

    • Base jumping is cheaper than renting a jump plane, but I’m not that much of a bargain hunter. So I won’t do base jumping off anything.

  4. What a stunning location, I would love to visit this someday, looks like the perfect spot to bring out all those adventure seekers.

    • Idaho has it’s natural wonders that aren’t over-run by tourists. The Base jumping has had it’s share of deaths, but the town still allows them to jump off the bridge.

  5. Wow, I’ve never heard of Shoshone Falls but they are truly beautiful! Well worth making a trip to see!

    • This is one of those places that you could say is “off the radar” for travels. It’s a great place that isn’t overrun by tourists.

  6. Wow I didn’t know Shoshone Falls existed. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m glad to pass on some little known information on the Niagara Falls of the West. This is an area worthy of sharing with everyone.

  7. Those falls are beautiful, I had no idea they were in Idaho. I’ll have to put that one on the list for the next time we pass through Idaho. But I have absolutely no intention of jumping off of anything!

    • They are at their best in spring and eventually the farmers get the best of the falls for their crops. It’s a good place for seeing the sights without a lot of tourists in your way.

  8. Well, I’ll be darned, to put it mildly. I’ve been in Twin Falls and the area more than once in my life and completely missed this. I also remember the Evel Knievel jump, but wouldn’t have been able to tell you where it took place. Shame on me on all counts. Thanks for the info — will make it a point o see the falls with my own eyes next time I’m up there.

    • I had also forgotten that his jump took place near the Shoshone Falls until we read the signs. This is a beautiful area that we’ve traveled to a few times and still marvel at how the falls was carved out a bazillion years ago

  9. Oh I’m with you on no base jumping but I love to watch them! This post put a HUGE smile on my face as I’ve been through Twin Falls a gazillion times since I was a wee little boy with dad. He and my uncle were born and raised in Mountain Home so drove from California all over Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Nevada all of the time. We were at the jump site a week prior and I remember it clear as bell. They had a documentary on tv about that jump a while back. Before folks started passing away I would always go with my family as group from Reno to Island Park, ID for a weeklong snowmobile trip. LOVED this post and thank you, Neva!! 🙂

    • I’m so glad this story brought back such wonderful memories of your trips in the western states. I’m sure snowmobiling was a great experience in Island Park, Idaho. I miss those days of winter sports with my family too.

  10. That first photo is now making me want to visit Idaho, especially with that beautiful double rainbow you captured. Kudos to you for parachuting out of a perfectly good airplane. I don’t have the courage to do that. Definitely no for me on the BASE jumping.

    • The rainbows were a joy to see and capture with the Falls. This is a place that has so much to offer and isn’t very touristy to spoil it.

  11. Never heard of these falls. They look wonderful, esepecially in summer. I can almost feel the mist.

  12. ShoShone Falls looks beautiful. I love the natural setting. I’ve not been to the New York side of Niagara Falls, but have been to the Canadian side and although the falls are impressive, the touristy stuff built up around it seems a bit tacky. I’ll add ShoShone Falls to my list of places to see. By the way, I have no desire to do any parachute jumping from bridges or planes.

    • Shoshone Falls is one of those places that are undiscovered by the droves of tourists. It’s especially beautiful in late Spring when the falls is at it’s highest run off.

  13. Making discoveries like this gives you a sense of what the early day explorers might have felt coming across such wonders totally unexpected 🙂

    • I agree that the area is quite flat and unimpressive and then suddenly the area produces these picturesque falls. The Snake River was carved out by the great Bonneville flood and is worth seeing.

  14. Gorgeous, Neva. One of these days we’ll be heading west on a road trip. I, too, have jumped from planes. But you won’t see me bridge jumping! I’ll be watching the waterfalls.

    • I’m glad that you also experience the adrenalin rush of jumping out of airplanes. Isn’t it a rush? I hope you add these falls to your road trip.

  15. This is embarrassing. I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a day’s drive from Niagara Falls, but I’ve never been there nor Shoshone Falls for that matter— but I’ve been to Iguazu Falls, in Argentina — definitely something wrong with that picture. Your photos have whetted my appetite to visit what looks like a beautiful place—a lot closer than Argentina!

    • It is so common to not travel to the closest places for seeing beautiful nature. We instead travel across the world for a glimpse of places like an Argentina Falls. We all are guilty and so often an out of towner will see something that’s next door to a spot we haven’t visited.

  16. Adrenalin rush? No thank you. 🙂 BUT I would certainly travel to this gloriously beautiful location. Great photos!!

    • The Shoshone Falls is not a place that is over-run with tourists. We have gone back twice to see it at different times of the year.

  17. Doesn’t seem really crowded but still really nice place.

    • The fact that it isn’t crowded makes this area so enjoyable. The Shoshone Falls is an amazing sight in spring and the area has so much to offer in history and beauty.

  18. Who knew? Niagara Falls West is Shoshone Falls in Idaho. Hope I get to see it someday.

  19. Wow, that is beautiful! I used to live in Ohio and have been to Niagara once as a child. Would love to bring my family there now- will definitely check this out if we go! Beautiful rainbow pics too!

    • I am sure you will enjoy seeing both Niagaras, the eastern and western sites. They each have their own interesting beauty and dramatic waterfalls.

  20. I’ve never been to Idaho, but it looks like I should add this state to my list. I love waterfalls but NOT crowds. Sounds like a fun trip. Safe travels 🙂

    • It is one of those little known areas that are hidden from the tourist trap places. We love the area and have traveled there a couple of times just to enjoy the Shoshone Falls.

  21. Wow, never even heard of Shoshone Falls, learn something new every day I guess. Thanks!

    • I was glad to bring this great Shoshone Falls to your attention. This is one of those places that aren’t over-run with tourists. We’ll see how many people converge on the falls when the motorcycle daredevil does his act in September.

  22. We lived in Butte, Montana (NOT a beautiful place!) where Evel Knievel is from and also Boise, Idaho so we’re familiar with so many of the scenes you posted. Did a little time travel back through my memories with this post… Great pictures!

    • The fact that Evel Knievel was from Butte, Montana probably had something to do with him picking the Shoshone Falls area for his jump. He was an interesting person to do these daredevil feats and now his son is following in his legacy.

  23. Great post, I also remember Evel Knievel’s jump over the canyon. Surviving that definitely made it a success 🙂

    • His jump was quite a feat when you look at the long way over to the other side. I agree that is was a success to just want to attempt this jump across the Snake River.

  24. Absolutely beautiful and gorgeous photos to accompany! WOW!

    • Thanks Heather for the nice comments and I hope you enjoyed the story. It’s one of the places we enjoy visiting often.

  25. I wasn’t aware of Shoshone Falls until now. What a beautiful area! My house is a 45 minute drive from Niagara Falls and we go there often. It never gets old. 🙂

    • We weren’t either until we moved to Utah and started learning about all the places on the west coast. I would enjoy visiting Niagara Falls again soon too.

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