Shoshone Falls & Dierkes Lake park is operated by the City of Twin Falls, Idaho.
We drove here on Wednesday while we waited for the trailer to be fixed. (Side note: It’s STILL not fixed. The grey tank is still leaking. At this point we’ll just deal with it until we get home this fall … or if I can convince the husband to go through Indiana, we can take it to the manufacturer. ) The last time I had visited the falls was probably when I was about 12 or 13. My grandparents lived in Jerome, Idaho (15 miles away). At one point we took a trip to the falls. All I remember was how awesome they were. So, I told the kids it was worth the 2 hour drive. After all, what were we going to do for 8 hours waiting for the trailer?
The drive from I-84 to the park is a little complicated. I’m glad we used GPS because we we would have been lost. You have to go down Twin Falls shopping avenue and then through a rural/residential area. The road to the park looks like a driveway! Once you get to the park entrance there is an overlook of the falls area into the canyon. It’s nice, but I would definitely pay the $3 entrance fee to get down into the park and see the falls!
The park offers places for picnicking, a gift shop and decks (both upper and lower) for viewing the falls.
I was disappointed to see the river has been dammed here. The water flow was noted as high. I will say, if that’s HIGH, I REALLY don’t want to see low. Considering that Idaho seems to be having a drought this year, it’s understandable. (Honestly, I think they’ve been having a drought for as long as I’ve been alive! The reservoirs & lakes during the summer months have ALWAYS been low…)
Still, it was pretty stunning despite the lack of full-flow. (What I remember was LOTS of water flowing over!)
You can tell just how “low” the water flow is. Again, I don’t understand why they call this “high”.
Well, it’s because all the water is below the falls, being used for irrigation. At least Idaho lets the farmers have water. Oregon…um, don’t get me started.
Can you believe this falls is 212 feet? Neither could I!
This is the view from the upper deck. It’s a pretty safe view. The steps down to the lower deck are metal/spiked to avoid slippery. However, if you’re afraid of heights, they can be intimidating.
There was even a rainbow for me. I love it!
So, if you’re in Twin Falls, take the drive to see the falls. I don’t think I would drive 4 hours (2 there, 2 back) again from Boise as long as Idaho is in the drought period. They do say that the best time to see it is spring and early summer. I’d say after April you are at the mercy of the water flow and the demand on water by the agricultural communities.