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Misted by the Niagara of the West

Misted by the Niagara of the West

by Kelsey Jacobson

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 1:56 PM

SHOSHONE FALLS, Idaho -- The wind is fierce, and the mist from the falls makes it even colder, but it sure does contibute to the beauty of this Idaho wonder.

Shoshone Falls can be found just miles from Twin Falls, and even on a blustery day like today, tourists come from across the country to see the water pour from 212 feet into the Snake River below.

Dennis Bowner, Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Twin Falls, tells me at 212 feet high, Shoshone Falls is even taller than Niagara Falls.  In a few places since we've arrived here, I've seen Shoshone dubbed as the "Niagara of the West."  Even Bowner joked that maybe Niagara should instead be referred to as the "Shoshone of the East."

We spoke with folks who traveled from California, and even the deep south, to see the sights in southern Idaho. 

While Monday's wind and rain may not be the ideal conditions for this tourist stop, it didn't stop Vick Lipoma, of Rising Fawn, Georgia, from showing his family the amazing view.

About 3 to 4,000 visitors stopped by just this past weekend to feel the mist on their skin at the falls.

Bowner said right now, the falls are flowing at about 9,000 CFS (cubic feet per second).  The record was set in 1997 when the falls flowed at 30,000 CFS. 

Shoshone Falls is just the first stop on our tour of some of the great sights and places the Gem State has to offer.  Stay tuned for more from our journey as we continue on the Live Tour!

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