Visit incredible places around Idaho regardless of mobility challenges. There are many locations providing easy access for wheel chairs and walkers. We have listed some of the most popular ‘must see’ destinations that are handicap accessible.
The Niagara of the West is located in the Snake River Canyon on the east side of Twin Falls. Shoshone Falls is ADA accessible. There is parking a short distance from the view of the falls, and smooth sidewalk leading to views. There are multiple places to view Shoshone Falls that do not require walking down any stairs. The Canyon Rim Trail is accessible from the park which is also handicap friendly. Visit on a sunny day to witness a beautiful rainbow!
The Canyon Rim Trail can be steep from Shoshone Falls, but there are other access points on top of the canyon. Spanning 8 miles long, it is a wonderful trail to view the Snake River Canyon with loved ones. One view point visitors love to visit is Evel Knievel’s jump site location. His jump site is at the top of the canyon, about a mile from Shoshone Falls parking lot.
Another location the Canyon Rim Trial runs by is the Visitors Center. The south side of the building has a paved area that leads to the front door as an alternative to the staircase. The Visitors Center provides many goodies for travelers. Find souvenirs from Idaho Huckleberry Jam to locally designed ’Idahome’ t-shirts. There are brochures of many nearby parks and destinations to take with you on your travels. The Perrine Bridge is located right outside of the Visitors Center, with a nice sidewalk leading you to look over the canyon. Watch from the east side of the bridge to see BASE jumpers! These individuals climb over the bridge’s edge and glide to the landing zone below, thanks to their personally packed parachutes. They can be really fun to watch from the sidelines!
Recently the Rupert Square got a new life! The beautifully updated historic section of town is shaped as a square. There are local businesses located on every street, and a beautiful water fountain can be found in the square’s center gathering area. These streets and sidewalks are handicapped accessible.
Stop in businesses on the square to meet the friendly locals. The Historic Wilson Theater is a great place to start! The theater often has entertainment going on from performances to events. The 100 year old theater was also updated, and added handicap accessible spaces to enjoy the shows. After you’ve enjoyed a show, have dinner at the Drift Inn to taste some delicious food. Try the delicious fried zucchini!
Box Canyon Lookout
Thanks to the new parking lot at Box Canyon State Park, the incredible lookout is now accessible for wheelchairs. It is a gravel lot, but is perfectly flat. The gravel parking lot is rarely full and will provide close spots to the lookout. The fenced, cemented lookout gazes over the canyon where you will see a mermaid tale shaped oasis! The water is aqua blue, and in the summer the plants all around are glowing green. The canyon spans all the way to the Snake River! Spot eagles here in the colder months.
Balanced Rock got its name because of its 3 feet by 17 inches base, and 48 foot wide top! It weighs over 40 tons, and all of that weight is literally balancing! Balanced Rock can be viewed from the road, and has a nice parking lot at the bottom of the rock formation. The viewing area below is handicapped accessible, where you can get awesome photos looking up at the crazily shaped rock!
Heyburn Riverside Park
Take a break and visit Heyburn Riverside RV Park to relax next to the water. It follows alongside the Snake River and showcases beautiful views of Mount Harrison. Brightly colored flowers are all over the park in the spring and summer months. The path is about 2.5 miles long. In the summer, many travelers rent kayaks from Idaho Water Sports right on the river. It is also common to see boats on the water. There are many benches to sit on along the way.
Handicap Accessible Hotels:
Best Western Plus Burley Inn & Convention Center – 800 N Overland Ave, Burley
Hilton Garden Inn – 741 Harrison St N, Twin Falls
Towneplace Suites by Marriott – 175 Pole Line Rd E, Twin Falls
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – 1554 Fillmore St, Twin Falls
Handicapped Accessible Restaurants:
Elevation 486 – 195 River Vista Pl, Twin Falls
Milner’s Gate – 205 Shoshone St N
Twin Beans Coffee Company – 144 Main Ave S