Mesa Falls Scenic Byway

Discover the lush landscape of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and two of the most spectacular waterfalls in the West—Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. As tall as a 10-story building, the upper falls pour over remnants of an ancient volcanic super-eruption while the lower falls continue to chisel away at the solidified ash and lava. Get an up-close-and-personal experience by exploring the on viewing platforms, or stop at the historic Mesa Falls Visitor Center to learn about the area’s geology and rich past.


28.7 miles

46.189 km

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1 hour


Eastern Idaho

When to Visit

Spring, Summer, Fall

31 Byways. 31 Ways to Be Inspired.

A variety of scenic, natural, historic, recreational, archeological and cultural experiences can be found on Idaho’s 31 scenic byways. View the video to get a taste of the adventures that await you, and start planning your next road trip.

Road Trip Tips

Turn-by-Turn Directions: The southern end starts in Ashton at Idaho 47. Travel northeast 12.4 miles to the old Bear Gulch Ski Area site and then northwest along Forest Service Route 294 to the northern end at U.S. 20.

Road Conditions: Both Idaho 47 and Forest Service Route 294 are two-lane, paved roads. In winter, Forest Service Route 294 is closed to automobiles and becomes a Forest Service snowmobile route.

Full Services in: Ashton and Island Park

Motorcycle Route: Yes

Full Services: When gas, food and lodging are available

Partial Services: When gas and a few other facilities are available

Nearby Adventures

Spend the day picnicking or exploring hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Sleep under the stars at Warm River or Grandview campgrounds during the warmer months. During the winter, grab your cross-country skis or snowmobile for the ultimate snowy adventure.

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