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Mesa Falls - Idaho
What to do if you have little time : Upper Mesa Falls
We were impatient to discover Idaho. Our disappointment was even greater. Some of the sites we visited would have everything to please, especially those on the Snake River. Unfortunately, these sites are operated at the extreme for hydraulic power purpose, which disfigures Idaho.
The access to Mesa Fall is 5$ (2012), but it is included with the pass "America the beautiful".
3$ per vehicle
There are 2 waterfalls to see : upper and lower. Upper Mesa Falls is very nice, especially in the morning, because if it's sunny, we can see a rainbow over the falls. Upper is easy to access, thanks to boardwalk. A trail, about 2 miles roundtrip starts at the parking lot, leads to Lower Mesa, but the walk is not worth the pain, because the view over the waterfall is decieving. For a better view over lower Mesa Falls, it's better to drive back south on the road (Scenic Byway) to a parking. From here there is a view over the waterfall, though far away.
Access : from US 20, turn on Mesa Falls Scenic Byway and drive for 14 miles. There is a car park at Upper Mesa.
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