Sunday, June 03, 2012

Niagara of the West - Shoshone Falls

Did you know there are waterfalls in Twin Falls, Idaho that have a vertical drop taller than Niagara Falls in New York?
After seeing both, it doesn't appear so, but the data says Shonshone Falls is 212 feet high whereas the tallest of the Niagara Falls is 167 feet.
Named after the Indians that lived in the region, this land purchased by the Adams family and in 1932 they donated the it to the city and requested it be "forever held for park purposes only for the beneficial use and enjoyment of all the people."


There are information boards for visitors to read about the park and falls history.


Here is one of several overlooks for visitors to venture out to get a better view of the falls and river below.


I thought it was odd, but there is even a "gift shop" at this public park.
The lady behind the counter was very friendly, but probably bored this time of year with smaller number of visitors to the area.


- Karen


14 comments:

cocomino said...

The first shot is awesome and it's convienient to buy things there.

Kate said...

Beautiful scenery; I love how much we learn from these blogs we visit daily.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shot of the waterfalls. Looks like a pretty place to visit.

betchai said...

beautiful shot of the waterfall, Karen. Maybe, it did not look as taller than Niagara because the volume of the waterfall is not as huge, strong and wide. but I love the waterfalls here too and the surrounding scenery.

Jenny Woolf said...

These falls seem so beautiful and unspoiled, how strange that they are less famous than Niagara even when they are taller. The water looked almost like metal in the first photo - very nice image.

TZ said...

i been to niagara fall and i like the falls @ night.

La Principessa Errante said...

I had no idea. That first shot makes me want to visit for absolutely sure. Fascinating.

lina said...

That is one (or some) majestic waterfall there! Lovely photos.

rainfield61 said...

Waterfalls are wonderful creation which show the strength of nature throughout the time.

AVCr8teur said...

cocomino: You are right, it is convenient to buy things at this gift shop without all the tourist lines.

Kate: It is amazing what we learn from other people's blogs. I love sharing.

eileeninmd: It was nice and warm on the day we visited, but we went back later in the week and the temperature had dropped by 40 degrees!

betchai: I was thinking the same thing. The waterflow on Niagara Falls is many times more than this one and also I am looking down on Shonshone Falls from a farther distance so it is hard to tell its height. It is much more commercialized at Niagara Falls as opposed to the park-like peaceful setting here.

Jenny: I was wondering the same thing. I had no idea there was a waterfall here nor had I heard of it before my research to come here.

TZ: The falls here are not lit up at night like Niagara Falls and the park closes by 9pm.

La Princeipessa Errante: It is about a 10 to 12 hrs. drive from the Bay Area. Worth a stop if you're ever driving up that way.

lina: I bet if you are in a boat, you can even get a closer look.

rainfield61: It's amazing how the flow never stops.

Indrani said...

Falls taller than Niagra! That must be amazing to see in real.

LifeRamblings said...

so gorgeous. your first photo is postcard perfect. it makes me wanna visit there right away.

Jana said...

I love the first picture, so peaceful and breathtaking...thanks for this info, i have never heart of these waterfalls till now...

Evie_Gnz said...

This place looks nice to just go and talk a walk and look at the water! Epic picture, it looks so majestic and peaceful.