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Shoshone Falls of Idaho >> Higher than Niagara Falls

Yes, Shoshone Falls of Idaho is 36 feet higher than famous Niagara Falls but few have ever heard about it.  It was 1973 and I had qualified for the Idaho State High School Rodeo Finals in Filer Idaho. While at the rodeo we had an off day and some friends said hey, want to go see Shoshone Falls?  I said O.K. very unenthusiastically.

I remember we left Filer about 7:00 in the morning and within a half hour there we were starring at this massive wonder and my jaw just dropped!  You see there was a rainbow in the falls and the morning sun came up from the backside of the falls and all three of us just stood there in awe and the only words out of our mouths I remember were Wow!, Amazing! and Unbelievable! 

You see I had heard about Shoshone Falls for years but never had taken the time to see it. It is located about 2 hours from the Treasure Valley of Idaho where I live just west of the capital city of Boise.   I have seen a lot of places in my life time.  I saw Mount Rushmore in 1974, Lake Managua in Nicaragua in 1987 and the majestic Pyramids and rivers of Belize in 1987 but to have something like Shoshone Falls in our back yard is nothing short of amazing.

Shoshone Falls is 212 high which is 36" higher than Niagara Falls and flows over a rim 900 feet wide.  The falls is part of the massive Snake River system which meanders through southern Idaho on it's journey to the Columbia River. It is best seen in the spring before the irrigation season draws water from the Snake River, diminishing the flow over Shoshone Falls. I was not able to see it but many reports said the spring 2006 season produced one of the most spectacular water shows over Shoshone Falls ever seen.  The snow pack was very high that year and unbelievable amounts of water that flowed over the falls that year had people talking about it all across the state.  People flowed in record numbers to the park owned by the city of Twin Falls that overlooks the park. That year the majestic beauty of Shoshone Falls was in the news for weeks.

It is estimated that Shoshone Falls has existed for 30,000 to 60,000 years. Early settlers commonly referred to Shoshone Falls as the "Niagara Falls of the west".  The falls represents the upper limit of Sturgeon and spawning runs of salmon and steelhead which cannot pass the falls.  Bald Eagles are a common site along the Snake River Canyon and the area surrounding Shoshone Falls.  Those that have seen Shoshone Falls are amazed that the falls is not listed as one of the 7 wonders of the world.

When you take your trip to Idaho you can make your own decision as to where Shoshone Falls stands in the most amazing places you have visited.

 

 Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker 
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate

 

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 23 commentsGeorge Tallabas • June 22 2008 11:34AM

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Hi George,

Great information for vacation time of year. I will have to visit these falls when I am in your area.

Posted by Tina Maraj, Top Agent in Fullerton 2016-2018 714-403-7901 (RE/MAX Cornerstone) almost 11 years ago

Tina - Good morning and thank you.  I guarantee you that you will not be dissapointed!  Have a great day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George,

If we all only took the time to learn about the gems around us!

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) almost 11 years ago

George - I have always wanted to visit Niagra Falls, (well, ever since I saw that Marilyn Monroe movie - what  was that name?),  now I want to stop and see Shoshone on the way.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 11 years ago

Mike - Very true my friend. To have something like Shoshone Falls in your back yard is nothing short of amazing.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Virginia - All the talk has been about Niagara Falls over the years and there is no doubt it is beautiful but we clearly have our own beauty here out west!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George I am sure Idaho is a much prettier state also than New York.

Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

John - Thank you, we are truly blessed with Idaho's beauty!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George: what a great post...the falls does seem like another Wonder of World.  Now, if I ever get to visit Idaho I will check it but being from New York may sway my opinion on whether it is more beautiful than Niagra Falls! Have a wonderful day.

Posted by Diana Corcoran, Rhinebeck Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties) almost 11 years ago

Diana - Thank you very much. I just wanted everyone to know about this little wonder we have here in Idaho.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George- I drove across the country in my younger years and I got to see The Bad Lands in SD and Mount Rushmore along the way: both were amazing.  Your description of Shoshone falls makes me wish we had taken a detour and explored ID a bit too.

Posted by Matt Moxhay, Moorestown Real Estate (Prudential Fox & Roach) almost 11 years ago

Matt - Thank you. Maybe you will head this direction someday in the future and can put Shoshone Fass on your list. Have a great day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George, thanks for bringing up the height fact on these falls. Had not heard that. Idaho has so much natural beauty.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Gary - You are welcome and yes, Idaho is one beautiful state!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Hi George - you paint fabulous pictures with your words and photos.  I don't ever remember us going to Shoshone Falls back when we lived in Idaho, many years ago.  Seeing your pictures, I wish we had.

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 11 years ago

Ann - Thank you so much my friend.  Please know I am praying for you and wish you the best.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Hi George - I know and I so appreciate that.  I can't thank you enough for the voice mail message you left me - that really touched my heart.

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 11 years ago

Ann - I'm glad you received the message and know that I care very much. Have a blessed evening.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

I have visited Shoshone Falls and it is breathtaking!  I didn't get to see it in '06, but I also heard that it was terrific then.  We had a lot of snowfall this year so maybe it will be another great year to visit.

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

George, thanks for sharing.  We truly have some magnificent waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest!  Unfortunately the dam at The Dalles took out the Celilo Falls on the Columbia River about 50 years ago. 

John & Kathryn

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) almost 11 years ago

Pam - You and I are some of the blessed ones!

Alexander - We are truly blessed here in the northwest!  Thank you for stopping by.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Hey George!  I just had to tell you I had my husband check out some of your posts about Idaho and he has now added Idaho to the list of places to investigate for retirement....and I already know the best agent in the state!!  Have a great week.

Posted by Diana Corcoran, Rhinebeck Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties) almost 11 years ago

Diana - Thank you so very much.  I appreciate you considering Idaho and hope you have an awesome retirement.  Have a great evening.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

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