July 12, 2010

Mesa Falls Scenic Byway

Mesa Falls Loop is in Idaho and provides 29 miles of great views from Island Park to Ashton.

Here's a map of the Byway.

Here the cattle have the right of way.

Our first stop was the Upper Falls as evidenced by this sign.

In 1904, Thomas Elliott bought the site and built Big Falls Inn. July 14th, 2001 an official grand opening was held after the building's rehabilitation. For pictures of what it used to look like, click
here .

Here we stand in front of one of the many lookouts over the falls.

The Upper Falls are 114 feet high and 200 feet wide at an elevation of 5,600 feet. From 387 to 967 million gallons of water flow over the falls each day.

The green walls behind us form a microclimate caused by the mist from the falls.

Volcanic rock lines the canyon walls.

The Lower Falls are 85 feet high at an elevation of 5,400 feet.

I think Doug is tired of driving.
A field of yellow.
For more pictures, click here pictures 48-110.

To be continued...

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