There is so much nature in and around Twin Falls, we are here to help you make the best of your quick trip. Continue reading on how to maximize one day in Twin Falls!
Start at the Twin Falls Visitor Center
The Twin Falls Visitor Center has all of the resources needed for directions to the best places around. Stop in, get refreshed after a long drive and pick up some souvenirs from local Idaho creators. Then, walk over to the canyon rim and check out the booming Snake River Canyon! The Perrine Bridge spans across the gorge. You can walk under the bridge to see both sides, and on the east side you may catch some BASE Jumpers! This is one of the only bridges in America that is legal to BASE jump off of. Maybe you came to Twin Falls for an adrenaline rush? Book your Tandem BASE jump with Sean Chuma and experience soaring off the bridge to the base of the canyon yourself!
You can stretch your legs by walking in either direction on the Canyon Rim Trail that follows the Snake River Canyon. Hungry? Walk west about a mile and a half to Elevation 486 and grab lunch or dinner on the patio. While on your walk you’ll even see Perrine Coulee, a beautiful waterfall, from above. You can drive down the canyon grade and walk behind this waterfall as well. There are many hotels nearby like the Fairfield Inn by Marriot where you can book a night for great rates compared to big cities.
Quick Tip: While walking the Canyon Rim Trail, be sure to walk to Evel Knievel’s Jump Site located about 3 miles from the Twin Falls Visitor Center, and 1 mile from Shoshone Falls City Park.
Explore Unique Nature Nearby
Twin Falls is known well for its waterfalls. Stop at Shoshone Falls to see the “Niagara of the West.” If you’re visiting in the spring and early summer expect higher water flows. If you’re visiting in the late summer to winter the waterfall will likely be smaller or dry. The views are delightful regardless the flow of water, and Shoshone Falls is one of those ‘must-see’ locations no matter the season.
Visit a lake above Shoshone Falls called Dierkes Lake. Hike an almost 2 mile loop around the lake that sits above the Snake River Canyon. Views are spectacular the entire hike. Not only is the lake expansive and bright blue, but there are fascinating lava rock formations all around. Wander through the boulder area to see where climbers like to play and see unique rock shapes. The trail leads you up the canyon where you have a spectacular view of the stunning canyon cutting through the earth.
Visit Historic Downtown Twin Falls
Downtown Twin Falls has all the beautiful historic buildings loaded with local goodies! Try out different restaurants and breweries to taste the cuisine of Idaho, and of course get your fill on Idaho potatoes. We recommend Koto Brewing, Milner’s Gate, and Magic Valley Brewing for delightful brews created with hops in the Magic Valley. All breweries also have delicious food ranging from quick bite/casual at Magic Valley Brewing, to fancy cuisine at Milner’s Gate. Koto is known for its spice and unique flavors.
Once you’ve filled up your stomachs, go shopping at local shops! Supporting local and small is big in the Twin Falls community, and you’ll find a plethora of options downtown. A fun shop to see is Perrine Man Press. This store has all the cozy sweatshirts you could ever need, branded with a unique Idaho flair. Unique Twist Jewelry and Divine Style are located above Koto Brewing and have beautiful clothing and jewelry options. Looking for Idaho wine to take home with you? Stop in at Rudy’s A Cook’s Paradise and taste all the Idaho wine you need! Supporting these shops downtown supports our community and families, so thank you for supporting local.
A Quick Trip out of Town
Take a quick drive west to the Hagerman Valley and view one of the most spectacular views around. Box Canyon is one unit of the Thousand Springs State Parks. Thousand Springs is an expansive park with several units to explore including; Malad Gorge, Niagara Springs, Ritter Island, and a few others! At the parking lot, you must pay a $7 vehicle fee (or an Idaho State Parks Pass.) See 2 blue pools at the lookout, a large waterfall halfway down the hike, and another huge pool at the base.
There is a brand new visitor Center for the Thousand Springs State Parks and Scenic Byway in Hagerman. They’ll be opening soon, find maps and more information about the expansive park units there. Nearby are two lovely hot springs, Miracle and Banbury Hot Springs. These are wonderful stops when you’re on the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway that leads to and from Twin Falls. Swim in geothermal natural water in a pool or private rooms at either hot spring resorts. It is an easy and scenic drive from Twin Falls, so we highly recommend visiting our neighbors!