Monday, June 21, 2021
Shoshone Falls to Be Immersed in Lights
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At 212 feet tall and 900 feet wide, Shoshone Falls is one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States. PHOTO: Stan Petersen
   
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BY KAREN BOSSICK

The watermeisters from the Bureau of Reclamation increased the flow at Shoshone Falls Monday.

Now it’s about to be illuminated, offering a grounded view of the Northern Lights.

The Niagara of the West will be bathed in blue, purple and green lights May 14 through May 31. And, while low snowpack means this won’t be one of the most robust years for the falls, the Bureau of Reclamation is increasing the flow to 3,000-plus cubic feet per second, which will cover most of the waterfall, reflecting the lights beautifully, said Tony Harrison, a publicist for Southern Idaho Tourism.

The lights will start around 9 p.m. each night, hitting their peak saturation around 10 p.m. when it’s really dark. The light show will last until 11:30 or 11:45 p.m. each night depending on the crowd.

A food vendor will be available for drinks and snacks. Go to www.visitsouthidaho.com/shoshone-falls-after-dark for advanced vehicle passes, light sneak peeks and more information.

Standing 212 feet above the Snake River, Shoshone Falls is 36 feet taller than Niagara Falls. It was recently rated by Forbes as the top bucket list destination for Idaho. And last month Conde Nast Traveler named it one of “8 Waterfalls in the United States Worth Traveling For.”

The light show is provided by Southern Idaho Tourism with support from Idaho Central Credit Union and the City of Twin Falls. It’s similar to that used at Niagara Falls along the New York/Canadian border. But the lights at Shoshone Falls are newer and more capable, which allow for better color coverage, efficiency and the ability to easily program color changes.

Presenters have partnered with professional lighting artist David Henry to immerse visitors in lights and soothing music.

Shoshone Falls is of one of Idaho's most beloved places," said Michael Watson, chief marketing officer at  Idaho Central Credit Union, which has 1,500 employees in 41 locations. "Professionally illuminating the falls after hours is an opportunity we are thrilled to be part of."

Southern Idaho Tourism executive director Melissa Barry is looking forward to the illumination, as well.

"We've worked three years for this moment and really want to thank Idaho Central Credit Union for their belief in our vision and commitment to our community," Barry said. "This will be a huge win for the hospitality industry in the wake of COVID-19 and really kick things off for the summer season."

Barry said a 2021 Lights & Lasers Festival will be held in fall, with Southern Idaho Tourism and Idaho Central Credit Union making it the biggest year yet.

 

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