Waterfalls in Section 6
Fall Creek Falls
On US Highway 26, drive 39 miles east of Idaho Falls (3.2 miles west of Swan Valley); exit south onto the gravel Snake River-Palisades Dam Road and proceed 1.4 miles; park at the wide spot in the road and walk a short distance to the falls
Fall Creek Falls is located at an elevation of 5,280 feet and is rumored to be a must-see for all waterfall enthusiasts. With a 60-foot descent into the Snake River, Fall Creek Falls widens as it drops and a natural fountain forms on each side of the middle cataract.
Lower Mesa Falls
The wild Henrys Fork River plunges 65 feet to form Lower Mesa Falls in Targhee National Forest’s Ashton Ranger District. At an elevation of 5,420 feet, this cataract drops as a broad band from the river above and has a large watershed.
Upper Mesa Falls
Upper Mesa Falls plunges 114 feet as the Henrys Fork River tumbles over a bedrock wall. Situated at an elevation of 5,600 feet, this cataract is also known as Big Falls.
Idaho Falls of the Snake River
With a width of 1,200 feet and a descent of 15 to 25 feet, this man-made cataract shares its name with the city in which it is found. During the pioneer era, only rapids could be found at this location along the Snake River. In 1909, engineers built the first concrete dam on the river to draw water for electricity at the nearby Eagle Rock Power Plant. Although this dam lasted through the 1970’s, a new dam was built in 1981 to guarantee consistent water flow to the company’s new turbines. As part of the 1980’s project, the artificial cataract was born.
Cave Falls, Lower Cave Falls, and Bechler Falls
Descending as a broad band, Cave Falls drops 35 feet from the Falls River in Yellowstone National Park. At an elevation of 6,260 feet, Cave Falls is readily seen from the road. From the cataract, visitors are 25 miles from Ashton. Only 0.1 mile downstream is the 5 to 10 foot descent of Lower Cave Falls. Dropping along the Falls River in Yellowstone National Park, Lower Cave Falls is situated at an elevation of 6,220 feet. Visitors can walk or drive to this cataract’s vantage point. For sightseers who want to take a fairly easy hike, Bechler Falls crashes down 15 to 25 feet in the same vicinity as the previous waterfalls. After viewing Cave Falls and Lower Cave Falls, proceed 1.3 miles along the Bechler River Trail. Visitors will find a wide section of Yellowstone National Park’s Bechler River tumble in front of them at an elevation of 6,340 feet.
Robinson Creek Falls
The only known waterfall occurring in Idaho’s portion of Yellowstone National Park, Robinson Creek Falls tumbles 30 feet along Robinson Creek. As the cataract drops with substantial contact against the bedrock, its width increases and the waterfall’s average width is 20 feet. At the trailhead, hike along Boundary Trail which passes by Robinson Creek Falls.
Cascade Acres Falls and Terraced Falls
Located in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, Idaho provides viewers with the easiest access to these two cataracts. After passing through Ashton, ID, enter Yellowstone National Park and find the gravel Reclamation Road #261 at Grassy Lake Reservoir. From here, take a substantial drive to the Cascade Creek Trailhead. Park at this trail and take a day hike to both cataracts.
Sheep Falls and Lower Sheep Falls of Henrys Fork River
Found in Targhee National Forest’s Ashton Ranger District, the Henrys Fork River forms Sheep Falls as it plummets 15 to 25 feet in a broad band. With a large watershed and an elevation of 5,820 feet, the cataract requires visitors to take a moderate hike to reach its vantage point. To locate, hike along Trail #760, which was constructed by the Challenger Group YSC in 1986. The trail leads visitors to Sheep Falls in 1 mile. View the 15 to 25 foot cascade of Lower Sheep Falls by proceeding downstream from Sheep Falls along Sheep Falls Trail #760 for approximately 100 yards.
Sheep Falls of Yellowstone’s Falls River
Sheep Falls descends 35 feet as the Falls River divides at an elevation of 5,890 feet near Yellowstone National Park. Situated within the Targhee National Forest’s Ashton Ranger District, Sheep Falls offers a great scenic feature to visitors willing to take a moderate hike.
After parking your vehicle, hike 2 miles down the jeep trail to the falls’ summit.
Union Falls, Morning Falls, Ouzel Falls, Dunanda Falls, Silver Scarf Falls, Colonnade Falls, Iris Falls, Ragged Falls, and Albright Falls
From Ashton, travel along Scenic Route 47 to reach Yellowstone National Park
Idaho provides ambitious day hikers and backpackers with the easiest access to these Wyoming waterfalls within Yellowstone National Park’s boundaries. From Ashton, ID, enter Yellowstone National Park on Scenic Route 47. To locate Union Falls, drive down the gravelly Reclamation Road #261 at Grassy Lake Reservoir and park at the trailhead at the road’s end. Morning Falls and Ouzel Falls can be found by driving to the end of Cave Falls Road #582 and hiking along the trail at the end of the road.
Access Dunanda Falls, Silver Scarf Falls, Colonnade Falls, Iris Falls, Ragged Falls, and Albright Falls by taking either trail heads at Reclamation Road #261 or Cave Falls Road #582. These waterfalls are extremely remote and are recommended only to well-conditioned backpackers.
The following Idaho waterfalls are also located in this section with limited directions/access available: