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
Follow Scenic Route 47 15 miles northeast of Ashton; park at the Grandview turnout for roadside views

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
Follow Scenic Route 47 15 miles northeast of Ashton; pass the Grandview turnout and proceed 0.8 mile to the left turn for Upper Mesa Falls Road #295; follow Road #295 to its end in approximately 1 mile and take a short walk for side vantages of the 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
Locate the city of Idaho Falls on Interstate 15; merge off I-15 at Exit 118 (Broadway Street) and proceed to the city center; directly before the Snake River bridge crossing, bear north (left) on River Parkway and stop at the city park adjacent to the falls

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
From Ashton, proceed 6 miles east on Scenic Route 47; turn right onto Cave Falls Road #582 and follow to its end at Cave 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
Take Scenic Route 47 6 miles east from Ashton to Cave Falls Road #582; continue along Cave Falls Road until reaching the junction for Boundary Trail

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
From Ashton, travel along Scenic Route 47 to reach Yellowstone National Park

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
On US Highway 20, proceed 9.2 miles north of Ashton and exit east (right) onto Sheep Falls Road #163; proceed 2.3 miles to the trailhead for Sheep Falls Trail #760

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
Drive east from Ashton on Scenic Road 47 for 6 miles; at the junction for Cave Falls Road #582, turn right and proceed 14.6 miles on Road #582 until reaching Wyoming Creek Road #124; bear south (right) onto this gravel road and continue 2.4 miles to an unmarked jeep trail on the left side of the road

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:

Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls occurs in Bonneville County on the Palisades Creek in Waterfall Canyon. Also unofficially known as Waterfall Canyon Falls, this cataract cascades 300 feet in three to four tiers. Although Rainbow Falls is categorized as a small volume waterfall, backpackers will not be disappointed should they take a trek to the top of the cataract.

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