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Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls
- Park or Scenic Area
Just off Highway 20 lie both Lower and Upper Mesa Falls. This secluded stretch of the Henrys Fork of the Snake River offers excellent trout fishing and sightseeing. Lower Mesa Falls is 18 miles north of Ashton on State Scenic Hwy 47; Upper Mesa Falls another 1.5 miles.
The falls is one of the most impressive geological sites in Eastern Idaho. The whole Snake River pours over the crest and drops 114 feet to the canyon floor with an explosion of spray. The wood walks and railings make it possible for one to view this beautiful fall from relative safety. A ramp from the parking lot to the falls makes it handicapped accessible. The scenic view is spectacular as you are standing within a few feet of the water going over the falls. The Lower Mesa Falls is 65 feet high. The overlook here is not as close as the Upper Mesa Falls but it gives a grander view of the falls in relation to the surrounding canyon.
The two Mesa Falls are the last undisturbed waterfalls of consequence in the western U.S. The falls are located 35 miles north of Rexburg. Highway 47 east of Ashton has been designated Mesa Falls Scenic Byway. There are restrooms and a visitors center at the falls.