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Aug 29

Mesa Falls: Rushing Water Beautiful Sight

Upper Mesa FallsUpper and Lower Mesa Falls made for a wonderful side trip into Idaho while visiting Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  Located about 50 miles away from West Yellowstone it took a little bit of convincing for my wife to give the go ahead on our little excursion to the waterfalls, but she could tell I was excited about it and finally relented.  Then once she was there and got to see the Upper Mesa Falls and hear the rushing water and see the beautiful rainbow that appeared she thanked me several times on the ride back.Henry's ForkUpper Mesa Falls is roughly 110 feet high and around 200 feet wide and the boardwalks that lead out to the waterfall definitely allow you to feel the rush as the water races by.  To us, Upper Mesa Falls was definitely the main attraction of the two falls.  With the scenic beauty and forest around it and the fact that the surround area is still pretty primitive and has not been overly commercialized seeing Upper Mesa Falls takes you back in time.  Whenever I get to experience a place that has not changed much over time it gives me a sense of being an early explorer stumbling across some great wonder of nature.The Family at mesa fallsWe followed the advice of the USDA and got there right around nine in the morning to see the morning light reach high enough to shine on the mist from the waterfall to form a beautiful rainbow.  They say the rainbow will last until 1 p.m. but we did not stick around that long to find out.  In addition to the waterfall you can also check out the historic lodge that has been restored and is open during the summer months to give out visitor information.  Also be on the lookout for birds of prey that frequent the area we saw several high up in the sky but not close enough to properly identify which kind.Mesa Falls LodgeA little farther down the road there is a parking lot for the overlook of Lower Mesa Falls.  The waterfall is much farther away than Upper Mesa Falls so it is not nearly as impressive, but still worth a quick stop.  I am not for sure if there is a legitimate trail down to the falls, but since we were getting anxious to get back to Yellowstone we did not take a whole lot of time looking for one.Lower Mesa FallsMesa Falls is definitely worth the time and effort to go and see.  Make sure you get there between 9 and 1 to see the rainbow that is formed at Upper Mesa Falls and take the extra few minutes to go and see Lower Mesa Falls which is just a few more miles down the road.

To see our reviews of other waterfalls we have visited click hereMesa Falls SignMesa Falls
Located off of HWY 20, on Mesa Falls Scenic Byway about  16 mi NE of Ashton Idaho
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the summer months
Cost as of this Posting: $5 per car
For more information about Mesa Falls visit their website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/ctnf/recarea/?recid=54791

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1 comment

  1. freda

    I love this waterfall and rainbow. The rushing water is so loud. Glad you took the time to visit this one even though it was a little out of the way.

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