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  • Writer's pictureGabriella Viola

5 Adventurous Things To Do In Southern Idaho & The Sawtooth Mountains This Summer

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

In this post, I'm listing 5 adventurous things to do in Southern Idaho and the Sawtooth Mountains in the summer.

I confess I've only been to Idaho once, and for a short time-8 days to be exact, which is not nearly enough time to explore such an expansive and scenic state. I visited this past June as part of a two-and-a-half-week road trip that included Twin Falls, the Sawtooth Mountains, and Glacier National Park.

During my visit, I was blown away by Idaho's jaw-dropping landscape. And at times overwhelmed, specifically while hiking in the incredibly vast and remote Sawtooth Mountains. But more on that later in the post.

Here are a few of my favorite summer adventures from my visit to Idaho, otherwise known as the "Gem State."

Please enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Always practice the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.


Perrine Coulee Falls

walking behind Perrine Coulee Falls in twin falls idaho
Perrine Coulee Falls Canyon Trail

Located in Twin Falls, Idaho, Perrine Coulee Falls is a stunning 200 ft waterfall that flows year-round. The trail that takes you behind the waterfall is accessible via Canyon Springs Road. You just park your car on the side of the road and walk right up to it! Being able to walk behind the waterfall and get close enough to get wet from the mist is what makes this visiting Perrine Coulee Falls an exhilarating experience.


Kayak Shoshone Falls

Kayaking to the base of Shoshone Falls in twin falls idaho
Kayaking to the base of Shoshone Falls
Kayaking to shoshone falls in twin falls idaho

Located on the Snake River in Twin Falls, Idaho, Shoshone Falls is known as "The Niagara of the West." At 212 feet tall and 900 feet wide, Shoshone Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the United States.

One of the best ways to experience Shoshone Falls is by kayaking or paddleboarding the base of the falls. I recently did a guided kayak tour to Shoshone Falls with AWOL Adventure Sports. You can read about it here or watch the video! If being part of a tour isn't your thing, they also offer kayak and paddleboard rentals.

Watch the video on Kayaking Shoshone Falls here:


Shoshone Falls Park

Shoshone Falls in twin falls idaho
Shoshone Falls in late June 2021
Shoshone Falls in twin falls idaho

Another way to enjoy Shoshone Falls is from Shoshone Falls Park. Springtime is when Shoshone Falls is raging, but summer is still a great time to visit, as there is still plenty of flow. When I visited Shoshone Falls Park in June, it was quite hot outside, and there weren't too many places to grab shade. So don't forget the sunscreen and a hat!

To view the current conditions of Shoshone Falls, click here.


Redfish Lake

Redfish lake in sawtooth mountains idaho