"Snake River Canyon and Swan Falls Dam" Boise Things to Do Tip by redknot
Boise Things to Do: 58 reviews and 130 photos
This takes a bit of driving to get to but is a rewarding trip. Most of the drive South from Boise is along Western Heritage Scenic Byway and through the Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation area.
The total one-way trip from Boise to the Swan Falls Dam is about 30 miles.
The first place to stop is Dedication Point where there is parking, some informational signs, and after a short walk, your first view of the Snake River Canyon. This was very impressive to me especially since the drive up to that point was across a very flat, desert-like landscape.
After spending some time looking at the Canyon and at the birds, continue driving to the Swan Falls Dam area. Here there is a road down to the river level, parking, bathrooms, and picnic areas. There is also the Dam itself with a powerhouse that is open at limited times for visitor access. Even when the powerhouse is closed, it is a beautiful and impressive area to visit.
Directions: From Interstate 84’s Exit 44, head eight miles south on Idaho 69 to Kuna, Idaho. Turn south onto Swan Falls Road for about 15 miles to Swan Falls Dam.