July 22, 2012

Shoshone Falls, Kimberly, Idaho

Although the day grew cloudier today and, eventually, the rain came down, I checked out Shoshone Falls in Kimberly, Idaho, located just a few minutes from Twin Falls, where I am staying. Nicknamed "The Niagara of the West", at Shoshone the water drops 212 feet to the canyon floor, "more than 50 feet further than the famous falls on the New York-Ontario border".

The water level was low due to the drought the West has been enduring this year. However, it was a magnificent sight!

The basalt cliffs of the canyon resulted from the Bonneville Flood, which ripped through the land about 15,000 years ago. It is easy to see why this river was named Snake River...

I loved the thunderous sound of the falls, and if it weren't for the rain I would have stayed longer.

I am told Spring is the best season to visit Shoshone Falls as the snow melt swells the Snake River, magnifying this beautiful display. This was the icing on the cake of my trip! [I am trying to cut down on sugar, but it pops up even on my writing!]

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