“a monument to failure”
In 1974, with much media fanfare, daredevil Evel Knievel tried and failed to leap the mile-wide chasm of the Snake River Canyon on his specially engineered rocket motorcycle. His drogue parachute accidentally malfunctioned and opened on take-off. Evel and his contraption floated to the bottom of the canyon, landing on the near shore (if he'd gone into the river, his safety harness probably would have drowned him).It was a less-than-auspicious milestone for Evel and the city of Twin Falls, but Evel's fans loved him for at least trying.At the city's visitors center, just south of the Perrine Bridge over the canyon, is a gravestone-like marker with a carved likeness of the rocket powered motorcycle. It's engraved, "Robert 'Evel' Knievel Explorer Motorcyclist and Daredevil. Attempted a mile long leap of the Snake River Canyon On September 8, 1974 Employing A Unique Skycycle. The large dirt ramp is visible appox. 2 miles east of this point on the south ridge of the canyon. Donated to the community by Sunset Memorial."The actual jump site -- a big earthen lump -- is indeed visible in the distance from the marker. We would not advise visiting it. At last report the Twin Falls Police Department was using it as the backstop for their shooting range.
What an amazing place to visit. There's much to see here, not just the evil Knievel monument. The monument itself is located in the back parking lot behind the outback steakhouse on the east side, where the trail meets the bridge.
I couldn't find this! The address listed is not correct. Regardless, I stopped at one of the scenic views from the side of the bridge over the Snake River and it was beautiful.
Windy the day I visited but evidently unknownWendy days you can watch based jumpers off of the bridge. There is also a visitor center near the monument.
I'm so glad we stopped. Not only did we get to see the famous Snake River, but also the place where Evel Knievel set out to defy the odds. It was also a great place to stretch out your legs, walk around, and go to the bathroom. Many restaurants and stores are around this area.
A little monument next to this great bridge. Worth the stop!
Saw it from a distance, really cool history. Watch the YouTube video while you are here for an even better experience!
Soooooooo BEYOND worth it. Its right next to the Perrine Bridge and gives you an amazing view down the gorge to the snake river.
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