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Mesa Falls, Ashton

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#5 of 95 in Nature in Idaho
Upper Mesa Falls is a waterfall on the Henrys Fork in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Upstream from Lower Mesa Falls, it is roughly 16mi away from Ashton, Idaho.
Upper Mesa Falls is roughly 114ft high and 200ft wide.
Mesa Falls Tuff, which is the rock over which Upper Mesa Falls cascades, was formed 1.3 million years ago. A cycle of rhyolitic volcanism from the Henrys Fork caldera deposited a thick layer of rock and ash across the area. This layer compressed and hardened over time.
Between 200,000 and 600,000 years ago, the river eroded a wide canyon which was subsequently partly filled with basalt lava flows. The Henrys Fork of the Snake River then carved the channel through the basalt; which is the inner canyon seen today.
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  • We cross-country skied the groomed Forest Service trail that most parallels the scenic highway through woods along rim. Very gorgeous views of the canyon. Either snow or groomer was a bit odd--the...  more »
  • This is t he second time we have been here. The first time was during the summer on a motorcycle trip. This time it was on snow mobiles that we rented fdrom Isalnd Park Adventure Sports. I highly.....  more »
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  • It's an amazing waterfall. It's easily accessible, and the visitor center is nice. Definitely worth a stop.
  • Beautiful waterfall with stunning views. Most of the trails are paved so it is easy to brings stroller along for families with little ones.

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