The Ultimate Central Idaho Waterfalls Road Trip Is Here… And Everyone Should Do It

Ah, Central Idaho – last, but most certainly not least! A beloved destination and winter retreat for Idahoans and vacationers alike, our nationally-recognized Sawtooths, Frank Church Wilderness, and epic Salmon River (to name a few) are all right here in the heart of Idaho. But as if pristine mountain vistas, rushing rivers, and wildlife-filled forests weren’t appealing enough, Central Idaho is also home to a number of beautiful waterfalls, hidden within its recesses.

Now that spring is here, many of Idaho’s dams have been opened and now is the time to catch up on your waterfall hopping with our latest road trip. Although we’ve chosen falls that are relatively easy to access for most, at around 14 hours round-trip and covering over 400 miles, this adventure would be ideal as a multi-day vacay simply because there is plenty of hiking involved. Fortunately, this journey starts at the Grandjean campground in Lowman, which makes for an easy launching point. Check it out!

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Due to the remoteness of the roadless wilderness around these falls, please be extra cautious. We highly recommend booking a guide service for added adventure, however, as there are a number of smaller, hidden falls particularly around the Stanley area that are accessible only by foot and by those with extensive navigation experience. And who can pass up the opportunity to see more waterfalls?

When you’ve finished this adventure – along with our road trips for Southern Idaho, Eastern Idaho, and Northern Idaho – be sure to share your photos with us! Enjoy!