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Twin Falls & the Magic Valley

Some people (especially the Salt Lake types who travel the freeway) know Twin Falls as "that place just north of Jackpot, Nevada." The people who live in Twin Falls know it as the center of the Magic Valley, a fertile agricultural area -- which used to be sagebrush desert -- in south-central Idaho, and the gateway to the Sawtooth Mountains vacation area which lies two hours' drive north of the city. A feature of the valley is the collection of lava flows and spatter cones which provide a sharp contrast to the farmlands.

 What to See & Do

Twin Falls' greatest asset for visitors is the Snake River Canyon, a deep and open canyon which provides parks and recreation areas along the river, west from Twin Falls to Bliss. The Perrine Bridge, north of town, crosses the canyon (486 feet deep). There are two sets of waterfalls in the canyon. Shoshone Falls are closest to the city. They are the more dramatic of the falls -- higher than Niagara, with a fall of 212 feet.

The best time to see the falls is October through April, for much of the water which would go over the precipice is diverted during the growing season. The parks in the Shoshone Falls area are fine places to visit any time of year. To get there, drive along Blue Lakes Blvd. to Falls Ave. and go three miles east and two miles north to Shoshone Falls/Dierkes Lake Park. The falls which bear the name of the city are located two miles to the east of Shoshone Falls via Falls Blvd. Here too, water is diverted for agricultural purposes.

The Snake River is a popular rafting stream, with several long and short runs available to rafters. Guiding services are available in Twin Falls

Day Trip to Hagerman Valley

For a scenic day-trip, the Thousand Springs route through the Hagerman Valley is highly recommended. This drive takes Highway 30 beginning just south of Twin Falls (or at the Interstate 84 exit near Bliss). The route leads through the canyon valley of the Snake River past farmland, old houses and barns and then the Thousand Springs area, where the Snake River Plain Aquifer flows out in hundreds of torrents through the black cliffs of the canyon. Near the river are picnic areas, RV parks, hot spring pools and lodges.

There is fine fishing in the five Oster Lakes (with an early start to the season in March) and in the nearby Anderson West Ponds (rainbow, bluegill & bass after July lst). Near the west end of the valley are the Hagerman Fossil Beds, a national landmark where more than 125 skeletons of zebra like horses have been uncovered. To see a full sized replica of the prehistoric horse, visit the Hagerman Horse Fossil Museum on State St. in Hagerman.

In Twin Falls, the Historical Museum has displays on the transformation of desert into "Magic Valley" farmland together with pioneer relics. The Herrett Museum, on the campus of the College of Southern Idaho, has an excellent North and Central American Indian collection, with more than 3,000 artifacts and other items.

Camping

The city has a selection of moderately priced motels and several RV parks, including a campground with hookups at Nat See Pah Hot Springs, 16 miles south of town.

Twin Falls/Jerome KOA
(208) 324-4169
Near Jerome off 1nterstate 84 (exit 173 and along Hwy. 93). Full hookups, tent sites, swimming, mini golf, store.

Nat Soo Pah Hot Springs & RV Park
(208) 655-4337
On Hwy. 1, off Highway 93, southeast of Hollister, with 75 sites, full hookups, tent sites, hot pool.

Anderson's Best Holiday Trav L Park
(208) 733-6756
This is a huge and busy RV park (150 sites) with full hookups and propane, mini golf and waterslide, on Tipperary Rd. near exit 182 on 1 84.


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