Idaho Falls, ID
We continued our journey south from Butte, MT for 200 miles into Idaho. We had reservations for a three day visit to Idaho Falls, Idaho’s second largest city (after Boise) located along the Snake River.
The “falls” in Idaho Falls is a series of small falls and a spillway where the river “falls”over a concrete barrier and a wall of rocks.
The city maintains an extensive river walk featuring running and biking trails along several miles of the Snake River as it flows through the center of town.
One day during our stay in Idaho Falls we took a day trip to the east to visit Grand Teton National Park. The drive from Idaho Falls is very scenic, with the highlight the crossing of Teton Pass between Victor, ID and Jackson, WY at 8,431 feet.
At the bottom of the pass we turned north on WY 390 (Moose Wilson Rd) toward the entrance to Grand Teton National Park, driving along the beautiful Teton Range.
Once in the park, we drove up a rough, dirt road to the trailhead for the Death Canyon Trail. We intended to hike a mile up the trail to an overlook for Phelps Lake.
We didn’t intend to go any further, but another hiker said there were some nice views if you continued down to the lake from the overlook. So we added another mile and went down the steep trail to a spot near the lake.
Once we returned to the Jeep we continued north through the park. As we passed a swampy area we spotted this girl enjoying lunch.
Once we exited the park we returned back down US 26 toward Jackson. That route has a great view of the Tetons.
We had to drive through Jackson, a crowded tourist town, to get to the route back to Idaho Falls. While going through town we passed a park with the famous arch
of shed elk antlers,
Many people brighten up the back of their RV with some sort of beautiful artwork. We’ve not done that for many reasons, but while driving through the RV park in Idaho Falls, we spotted a picture that we are thinking of putting on the back of our motorhome.
Next up is a visit to the ski resort area of Sun Valley, ID. More on that later . . .