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South Central Idaho

Hello, deep canyons, high bluffs, unusual rock formations and lava flows! South central Idaho is a geologist’s dream, but its terrain also delivers big adventure opportunities. At the heart of the region’s recreation is the mighty Snake River—make a stop at the picturesque Perrine Bridge that spans the Snake River Canyon and watch as BASE jumpers float to the ground below, speed along a zipline inside the canyon or visit the area’s numerous waterfalls.

Take the Road Less Traveled

South central Idaho is brimming with unexpected discoveries … Start your journey in Twin Falls, and venture off the beaten path to uncover a treasure trove of nearby adventures.

Need Help Planning Your Next Adventure?

Here you’ll find frequently asked questions about south central Idaho.

Are there any waterfalls in south central Idaho?

Yes! A lot! Shoshone Falls, Perrine Coulee Falls, Pillar Falls, Auger Falls, Niagara Springs Falls, Lemon Falls, Box Canyon Falls, Malad Gorge, Mermaid Cove, Cauldron Linn, and Ross & Phantom Falls.

Where can I find fall foliage?

Try a variety of hiking trails in the South Hills like Ross Falls, Eagle Loop, and Wahlstrom Hollow, visit Lake Cleveland, Lake Walcott, City of Rocks National Reserve and Fairfield, or enjoy the colors from a scenic fall drive!

Can we see wildflowers in south central Idaho?

Yes! The Camas lily bloom at Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh in late May/early June. Visit Mt. Harrison to find the rare Christ’s Indian Paintbrush or visit Lake Cleveland or the South Hills.

What can I do during the winter?

Ski and snowboard at Pomerelle Mountain Resort, Soldier Mountain or Magic Mountain Ski Resort. Soak at Miracle, Banbury or Durfee Hot Springs. Find snowmobile trails near Albion or Twin Falls.

South central Idaho is full of diverse geology. What should I visit?

Thousand Springs State Park (six units), Snake River Canyon, Balanced Rock, Shoshone Ice Caves, Mammoth Cave, Teepee Rocks, Castle Rocks State Park, City of Rocks, Craters of the Moon and Little City of Rocks.

What historic sites and museums can I visit?

Southern Idaho has a variety of historic and cultural sites to explore! Minidoka National Historic Site, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Perrine Bridge, Oakley Historical Area, Wilson Theatre, Rock Creek Station & Stricker Homesite, and Herrett Center for Arts & Science.

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The Scenic Route

Pack up the car and discover the magic of south central Idaho’s scenic byways:

Sawtooth Scenic Byway Thousand Springs Scenic Byway City of Rocks Backcountry Byway
An overhead view of the Snake River running through a tree covered canyon.

Getting to
South Central Idaho

Maps & Guides

Planning your Idaho getaway couldn’t be easier with our free travel guides and maps. Inspiration and information at your fingertips.

Head in the Clouds

Flying to Idaho? Check out Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls, Boise Airport in Boise, or the Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey for the most convenient access.

Places to Stay

From camping under the stars to cozy cabins, vacation rentals and hotels, find the accommodation that fits your every need.

couple by yurt at castle rocks state park