One of the most amazing things you can do to experience the Gem State is to visit one of our 63 waterfalls. We have a list of easily accessible waterfalls from Boise, all within two hours, so that you can make a day trip of it and still be home for dinner.  


Shoshone Falls

This is a must-see waterfall. The Niagra of the West is probably the most famous waterfall in Idaho. It's right in the middle of Twin Falls and couldn't be easier to visit. Shoshone Falls is two hours from Boise and draws tourists from all over the world.

Jump Creek Falls

This 60-foot waterfall is just over one hour from Boise. It's easy to get to and is a trendy tourist attraction. Since it is so close to Boise, there will be plenty of other people there if you visit during peak hours in peak seasons.

Perrine Coulee Falls

Perrine Coulee Falls is two hours from Boise near Twin Falls. The water drops 200 feet. It is visible from the road as you approach it and is entirely surreal to see from your car.

Devil's Washbowl at Malad Gorge

This is a powerful flowing waterfall that has become popular for extreme kayakers to kayak through. I prefer to just admire the beauty of it. Malad Gorge is only 90 minutes from Boise.

Minnie Miller Springs

Just an hour and a half from Boise, Minnie Miller Springs is a very easy waterfall to access. It's in Thousand Springs Park near Ritter Island. Throughout the summer, there are festivals on the Island. It's fun for all ages and not far off of I-84 at the Wendell exit.

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