Mesa Falls Nature Trail

EASY 17 reviews
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Mesa Falls Nature Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near St Anthony, Idaho that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles 305 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

The Mesa Falls Nature Trail begins in the Upper Mesa Falls parking lot, ending just above the Lower Mesa Falls, and is primarily used for hiking. The trailhead can be found on the south end of the parking lot. The Mesa Falls Nature Trail is the best way to see the Lower Mesa Falls. It's an easy hike ending on the plateau just above the Lower Falls. If you're really adventurous, there is a trail from the plateau that leads down to the Lower Falls. You can stand on the very edge of the Lower Falls themselves. Important note: This is not the Upper Mesa Falls boardwalk trail.

4 months ago

6 months ago

Great walk. Not really a hike, but I enjoyed being close enough to the falls to feel the mist. Excellent view!

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

scenic driving
8 months ago

Falls are surprisingly bigger than expected. Started at the Upper Falls, and stopped at the Lower Falls lookout on the way down. Great for families with smaller kids as the walkways are very easy to navigate.

hiking
8 months ago

Mesa Falls is a beautiful waterfall. Both upper and lower falls are great.

walking
8 months ago

This isn't a hike, just a nice walk through the trees to see the lower falls, which are spectacular. Very easy and kids could do this with no problem.

10 months ago

Beautiful during the summer, and gorgeous during the fall. great for hiking and running!

10 months ago

snowshoeing
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

I love this little trail. It's great for the whole family. We hiked down to the lower falls themselves using the trail on the west end of the plateau that leads down to the river. After a little scramble over some boulders we were standing on top of the falls. We even climbed into the falls and stood behind them. Totally cool!

scenic driving
2 years ago

Mesa Falls is a hidden gem in Eastern Idaho. This area is so beautiful, and the falls are impressive. If you are passing through this area, you MUST check it out. You'll be surprised at the power of these falls that you've likely never heard of until now!

hiking
2 years ago

Amazing must see if your in east idaho!!

scenic driving
2 years ago

Nice drive. Mesa Falls is very beautiful.

scenic driving
2 years ago

Beautiful, great place to visit. If you go in the summer there are fees. My wife and I went in October and there were no fees. There are upper falls and lower falls. Apparently the lower falls is a nice place to snowshoe or cross country ski, wanted to do it, just didn't happen this last winter. Fall colors on the road up to Mesa Falls are really pretty too. Made a great lunch picnic area, I imagine it would be a little crowded in the summer. But in the off seasons it is easy to find a picnic table at the lower falls.

3 years ago

The drive is just OK, but the falls are spectacular. One year we hiked to the falls by snowshoe from the parking lot below. It was about a 6 mile out and back hike. Even though it was February and extremely cold, we worked up quite the sweat. The falls were amazing in the winter.

walking
3 years ago