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Quick Facts
Designation: Idaho State Scenic Byway
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Fees: Only at the special attractions along the way.
Length, One-Way: 28 Miles (46.67 Kilometers)
Time: Allow 1 hour.


General Information

Description - Connecting with the Teton Scenic Byway at Ashton, the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway takes you to two of the last undisturbed waterfalls of consequence in the West. Main attractions, the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are the last major falls in Idaho that have not been used for irrigation or hydroelectric projects. At 110 feet and 85 feet, respectively, they offer equally spectacular views in a beautiful forest setting. The upper waterfall has been developed with paths and viewing areas and is easily accessible to all. At Lower Mesa Falls, the Snake River is squeezed into a gorge that drops 65 feet. The best view is from Grandview Campground and Overlook. The glassy waters froth to mist in an even higher 11-story, 114-foot plunge. Simply awesome!

Attractions - The Mesa Falls Scenic Byway is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : The Mesa Falls Scenic Byway begins on SH-47 at Asthon, and follows a northeasterly path to Bear Gulch Ski Area, thence northwesterly along Forest Service Route 294 to a junction with U.S. 20.


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Additional Information:
Idaho Scenic Byways - Idaho offers close to 20 state, National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated scenic, historic and backcountry byways. These byways travel through Idaho's diverse geography and lead to historic sites.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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