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Lower Mesa Falls Observation Site

Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, Ashton, Idaho 83420 USA

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Wed 12a-11:59p
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  • Not Wheelchair
  • No Public
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“impressive falls in a beautiful forest setting”

The Mesa Falls Scenic Byway begins where the Teton Scenic Byway reaches its northern end in Ashton, at the junction of U.S. 20 and Idaho 47. From there, the route travels through the town of Warm River toward its main attractions: the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. The Mesa Falls are the only major falls in Idaho not used for irrigation or hydroelectric projects, and as such maintain a look and feel of nature undisturbed. At 110 feet and 85 feet, respectively, the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls offer equally spectacular views in a beautiful forest setting. Both falls can be viewed in full, with the area surrounding the upper waterfall enhanced with paths and viewing areas that make it easily accessible to all. Though only about an hour’s driving time, the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway is often a half-day’s journey, with travelers mesmerized by the spectacular display in the midst of a truly back-country setting. In addition, the historic Mesa Falls Lodge has been restored to its original splendor and is now open seasonally for visitor information. The Warm River Forest Service Campground is approximately 9 miles east of Ashton on the Warm River. The Grand View Forest Service Campground is located at the Lower Mesa Falls turnout.

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 27, 2014
Rated 5.0

Both Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are worth the stop. A short drive from Driggs area or even Jackson. Hidden away in a seeming prairies, the land falls away as to enter the Yellowstone Caldera. Unlike Yellowstone, this is an easy to access uncrowded site. Enjoy

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Michelle Clark-Conley

  • 6 Reviews
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March 04, 2015
Rated 4.0

Great scenic byway, especially in the spring when the waterfalls are really going off.

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June 30, 2021
Rated 5.0

Nice to stop by too. You will see the view of the falls in high spot :-)

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Lower Mesa Falls Observation Site

Mesa Falls Scenic Byway
Ashton, Idaho
83420 USA


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