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How Accessible Is Accessible: Shoshone Falls Twin Falls Idaho

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The Disabled Photographer Project & How Accessible Is Accessible Series

Founder Denise Vasquez photographed by Randy Martinez

Many of you have heard of Niagra Falls, but have you ever heard of Shoshone Falls?

Often referred to as the Niagara of the West, Shoshone Falls is the tallest waterfall in the United States! Located in Twin Falls Idaho on the Snake River, Shoshone Falls stands 212 feet tall and 900 feet wide.

Once upon a time, back in the early 1900’s, locals proposed for the creation of a National Park, but Congress never approved the proposal. In 1932, Federick and Martha Adams donated the land to the City of Twin Falls with the stipulation that the land be maintained as a public park, and in 1933, the State of Idaho donated land to the west of the original park site to the City of Twin Falls.

Photography by Denise Vasquez ©2024

The best time to visit is during the spring and summer months when the snow begins to melt. In the summer months, a part of the river is diverted for irrigation purposes for over 500,000 acres of farmland which is a big part of the local economy. So why have we been hearing about Idaho’s water being turned off?!? I don’t understand what’s really happening, because from what I saw during my recent visit this month, the waterfall is full, reservoirs are full, the rivers, lakes and streams are full and the snowpack from the mountains is still melting.

*Tip: If you have a Placard, show them at the gate for FREE entry! Otherwise, there is a vehicle fee at Shoshone Falls Park and Dierkes Lake is $5.00 per car.

Shoshone Falls is open year-round with the exceptions of temporary closures due to poor road conditions. The park hours are from dawn to dusk.

My favorite thing about Shoshone Falls, besides it being so beautiful, is that it is ADA accessible. There is ADA accessible parking, restrooms, paved walkways, benches and there are viewpoints to see the falls without having to go down any stairs or steep slopes.

Click here to watch the captioned How Accessible Is Accessible Series: Shoshone Falls on Youtube or below to see more, and for a photography tip! Learn about why I used my 10-stop ND filter to photograph the falls during the day!

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I started my project over six years ago while I was in a wheelchair, using rolling walker and from time to time I’m still using my walking sticks, because personally I’ve discovered while visiting the parks, that many places that are rated accessible or “Easy”, are usually not for me!

Rather than be discouraged, angry or frustrated, I’ve discovered over the years that sharing updated information not only helps me, other disabled or elderly people with limited mobility like me, it helps bring awareness to people working at the parks and on the trails.

How do I know, because many people at the parks have reached out to me over the years, have continued to consult me over the years, and have thanked me for what I’ve been doing over the years!

It takes a lot of time, money and energy for me to keep this project going, I have put my heART, soul and everything I have into it, and knowing that what I’ve been doing has been making a difference inspires me to keep it going.

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