Twin Falls is one of those beautiful destinations that has so much to offer the more you dig deep. In every direction there is incredible nature that can’t be found elsewhere, and the town itself has a small town feel, yet so many places/restaurants to see. The biggest attraction in Twin Falls is Shoshone Falls, a 212 foot waterfall. Unfortunately, the waterfall doesn’t run consistently, or year round! Sometimes back up plans need to be made to maximize that Twin Falls trip and see all the hidden gems of the area.
Check out the Snake River Canyon
There are dozens of viewing opportunities to see the Snake, and some of our favorite places are within a short drive of each other. The Twin Falls Visitors Center is the perfect way to get a gorgeous view looking west down the canyon, or looking east at the Perrine Bridge towering over the river. There are public restrooms at the Visitors Center as well as fun Idaho merchandise! The Visitors Center is also an excellent access point to the Canyon Rim Trail.
The Canyon Rim Trail spans 9 miles along the Snake River Canyon. You can bike, run, walk, roller blade, long board and enjoy views all along the way. The trail shows off waterfalls, the Perrine Bridge, Pillar Falls, Shoshone Falls, and Evel Knievel’s Jump Site! Pillar Falls and Auger Falls are fun hikes in the canyon, as well as Mogensen Trail. If Shoshone Falls is low or dry, these hikes are available! If the water is flowing, the river is too high to walk over Pillar Falls safely.
Dine on the Canyon Rim
Visit Elevation 486 or Canyon Crest Dining to enjoy a delicious meal on the Canyon Rim! They both have patios that look over the canyon. Dining on the canyon at sunset is a magical experience. Watch the canyon glow as the sun goes down.
Walk along the Canyon Rim Trail near these restaurants to find Perrine Coulee Waterfall! It is a short walk east from Canyon Crest Dining and is beautiful to see from above.
Visit Downtown Twin Falls
Milner’s Gate is an awesome restaurant and brewery, located on Shoshone Street. Try all their creations like hand tossed pizza, cauliflower wings, noodle bowls and more. Enjoy hand crafted brews or the full bar. Milner’s also has a delightful patio area where you can sip drinks with friends and make memories.
Shopping Downtown is plentiful. Unique Twist Jewelry has fun and beautifully crafted jewelry, plus apparel, accessories, and decor. Fashion 15 Below is an affordable women’s clothing store that always has trendy fashion. The Brass Monkey is men’s and women’s clothing store that also has Idaho goods/souvenirs. Rudy’s a Cooks Paradise has all the things you could ever want for your kitchen.
Perrine Man Press is one of the newest retail shops downtown and has incredibly unique and fun designs! The “Perrine Man” is an Idahoan with the Perrine Bridge as his mustache. Find a large selection of apparel and accessories. There are different types of t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants and more. Don’t forget to pick out a sticker on the way out too!
A couple places that are perfect to stop by while on vacation are Float Magic and Bearded Axe. Float Magic is a flotation therapy business that just opened! Relax to the max when visiting this float therapy tank & sensory deprivation center. Here you can truly allow yourself to be quiet and calm, while enjoying the benefits from the float tanks, sensory deprivation tanks, saunas, and more. Bearded Axe will also get you to release some stress by throwing axes! BYOB and grab some friends to perfect your aim with an axe.
Visit Another Canyon; Rock Creek
Rock Creek Park is a wonderful place that not many know about! The lush green forest in the canyon has a 1.6 mile trail. The paved trail winds along the blue flowing creek in the canyon. The trail leads from downtown Twin Falls to Rock Creek RV Park and back. There are many pavilions to enjoy a picnic, and even a hidden waterfall! There is also a 18 hole disc golf course.
Rock Creek even extends into the larger South Hills north of Hansen, Idaho. The entire scenic drive through the South Hills takes about 1 hour. It’s the perfect cruise, and ends with options to hike! Check out Ross Falls, Eagle Loop, Rim Trail, Walhstrom Hallow, and more. In the fall, the canyon turns gorgeous colors and in the spring and summer you can find wildflowers. Early spring will generally have snow at the very top.
Take a quick drive north to Shoshone
There are incredible lava tunnels north of Shoshone, which is about a 30 minute drive from Twin Falls. Mammoth Cave is one of those that are fun to see! The cave is about a half mile long, and the entrance to it is a wacky animal museum! Mammoth Cave provides flashlights, and is not a guided tour. Shoshone Ice Caves are just a few minutes past Mammoth Caves and is a guided tour through an ice cave. The tour guide will inform you on the history and how the cave was discovered. Both caves are one of a kind, and some of the biggest lava tunnels in the nation!