Shoshone Falls to light up after dark in May: ‘Niagara of the West’

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 11:55 AM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) —Shoshone Falls, or the “Niagara of the West,” will now be light up after dark in May.

Southern Idaho Tourism, Idaho Central Credit Union, and the City of Twin Falls partnered this month to illuminate the falls after dark with the help of professional lighting artist David Henry.

“Absolutely gorgeous, the lights are able to turn at different colors, and different parts of the water fall can rotate between, so it’s going to be a unique experience that we are excited for people to come and see Shoshone Falls is beautiful as is, and now we get to show it with lights and music, and it’s going to be really pretty,” said Melissa Barry, Southern Idaho Tourism executive director.

Henry has set up the lights to create an immersive show with soothing music to highlight one of Idaho’s natural wonders. The lights are a newer and more capable model than those used at Niagara Falls, according to a spokesperson, allowing for better color coverage, efficiency, and the ability to easily program color changes.

The lights will start May 14 and run until almost midnight each night through May 31. The Bureau of Reclamation started their flow augmentation and will lift water levels to over 3,000 cfs.

“We’ve worked three years for this moment and really want to thank ICCU for their belief in our vision and commitment to our community,” said Melissa Barry, Southern Idaho Tourism executive director. “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.”

Head to the Visit Southern Idaho website for more information or to purchase tickets.

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