Where the scenic Snake River meets fertile farm ground, the city of Twin Falls has long been the center of commerce and entertainment for eight counties of south-central Idaho – and for a sizeable chunk of northern Nevada besides.
And the city is growing, thanks to retirees who love the convenience and culture of a city paired with rural charm – and thanks to working folks who’d rather battle white water rapids than noisy traffic after a day at the office. Job creation here has made Twin Falls one of the state’s most robust economic engines in recent years.
Twin Falls offers attractions for every traveler’s taste. A growing assortment of shopping destinations, for instance. Or a municipal swimming pool that’s covered in winter. Or the Herrett Center for the Arts and Science – a museum that boasts Native American artifacts, a variety of local art, a mock jungle, a high-tech planetarium, and an educational observatory that’s the envy of many a larger city.
The canyons, however, are the pride of Twin Falls. Scenic in-town walking trails wind along the floor of the intimate Rock Creek Canyon and the rim of the mighty Snake River Canyon. Accessed from a park beneath the magnificent arches of the Perrine Bridge, the Centennial Park Trail is a quick way to enjoy the canyon’s astonishing scenery and abundant wildlife as you follow a long stretch of undeveloped riverbank. Fishing, golfing and swimming attractions line the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls’ north edge. And even when drought reduces the flows plunging over Shoshone Falls, it’s worth a visit to the lush, roomy park overlooking the city’s famous falls. From there, walkers with extra energy and a taste for urban wilderness can choose a trail ascending from the park to the canyon rim above, or one circling nearby Dierke’s Lake.
Need a little help finding your way to Twin Falls’ diverse attractions? The Buzz Langdon Visitor Center at the north end of town offers an array of brochures and a knowledgeable volunteer staff. Situated at the south end of Perrine Bridge, “the Buzz” greets travelers from early spring through autumn. Be sure to ask the staff for a schedule of the city’s plentiful arts events and community festivals, to round out your Twin Falls visit.