"Lower Mesa Falls" Ashton Things to Do Tip by GuthrieColin
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Lower Mesa Falls are viewed from a viewpoint nicknamed "grandview" that is on the ridge some 400 feet (181 m) above the actual falls. The overlook was constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and has 9 campsites as part of the atmosphere. From this point you can see the canyon that Henrys Fork has cut from just after Upper Mesa Falls to beyond Lower Mesa Falls. Lower Mesa Falls itself drops anywhere from 65 feet (19 m) to 85 feet (25 m)--depending on the source-through basaltic sidewalls and is likely over 100 feet (30 m) wide.
“In winter, the area is only accessible by snowmobile or skis.” Unless you’re crazy like me in which case 3 miles (4.8 km) of over snow hiking, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling will get you there. The difference between the winter and summer here is very stark but I believe that the contrast is more evident at Upper Mesa Falls.
In the summer Kayaking over these falls has been done but i would certainly not reccomend it to anyone who was not an expert.
Directions: Following the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway (SR 47) from Ashton is Lower Mesa Falls. This waterfall is located about 15 miles (24 km) from the town of Ashton or 3 miles (4.8 km) from where they stop plowing the road in winter. It is well signed.
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