To find the low but wide and picturesque Idaho Falls on the Snake River I had to ask directions twice, even though the waterfalls are only half a mile from the center of city of the same name. The falls are 1,200 feet wide, something that I couldn’t capture completely even with my ultra-wide angle lens:
I had just as much difficulty getting to Shoshone Falls on the Snake River, just five miles from Twin Falls, Idaho. The problem this time was that my usual good sense of direction failed me and I went south when I should have gone north and then west when I should have gone east. On one of those wrong roads I came the closest to an accident of the whole trip, when a truck driver ran through a stop sign right in front of me and I had to slam on the brakes.
Eventually, I safely found the 212 foot Shoshone Falls. Known locally as “the Niagara of the West,” the falls are higher than Niagara Falls and flows over a rim 900 feet wide. These waterfalls are also on the Snake River, a major tributary of the Columbia River and its drainage area includes almost all of Idaho. The Snake starts in Yellowstone National Park, where I saw spectacular waterfalls in the next few days.