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Cave Falls

Cave Falls

Cave Falls is a waterfall area on the Fall River (aka Falls River) in the far southwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park. This area is accessed by a VERY rough and rutted road from the Ashton, Idaho area – driving east 22 + miles. (Would suggest you select another location if you have a passenger vehicle – Recommend 4WD vehicles with high clearance ONLY. (This “road” knocked my headlight connections loose on my 4WD – driving cautiously).

This is BEAR COUNTRY – CARRY BEAR SPRAY AND MAKE NOISE!!!

 

Be BEAR AWARE
Be BEAR AWARE

 

It is near the Bechler Ranger Station in Yellowstone N.P. —  GREAT trout fishing — The area is actually in the State of Wyoming – IN Y.N.P. You need a Yellowstone N.P. fishing license to fish here (which can be purchased at the Bechler Ranger Station). Be careful…if you miss your location on the map (downstream) you can be fishing in Wyoming and NOT Yellowstone!!! Be safe and have Wyoming, Yellowstone N.P. and Idaho fishing licenses on your person.

Cave Falls
Cave Falls

The Cave Falls Campground is there. The Forest Service website specifically states: “The campground is located in grizzly bear habitat that requires special precautions be taken with food.”

Cave Falls area
Cave Falls area

You can view the entire photo album by CLICKING HERE.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

For more images of the vast, sprawling beauty of southeastern Idaho, Please CLICK ON One of My Photo Albums BELOW entitled:

Rainbows Rising

Mesa Falls Scenic Byway

Henry’s Fork

Enjoy!!!

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Henry’s Fork

The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River is a misnomer. When you think of a “fork” humans typically think of a “fork in the road.” Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River.

Sunset on The Henry's Fork
Sunset on The Henry’s Fork

The Henry’s Fork is actually a REGION rather than a fork in the road. Take a look at this Google Map to garner an appreciation for what I’m saying here. The Henry’s Fork region is estimated to inhabit some  1.7 million acres and in excess of 3,000 miles of various forms of too many rivers, meadowlands, waterfalls, streams and canals to name here — in BOTH eastern Idaho, Yellowstone National Park and western Wyoming.

The region is typically divided between the area above Ashton, Idaho and the area below Ashton.

The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, Above  the Ashton Reservoir :

This is considered the North Fork of the Snake river, also known as the infamous Henry’s Fork. It is a river of unique diversity. Originating as a small stream at it’s headwaters near the Idaho-Montana border, it rapidly evolves into a flowing river with the spring waters originating from Big Springs.  The system includes tail waters, flowing flats, remote and rugged canyons, numerous waterfalls and superb riffles flowing through a varied and vast geography.

The Rainbow trout fishing here is world renowned. Other species include brookies, cutthroat, hybrids and browns.

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Rainbows Rising

The insect populations is rich and diverse. Species include stoneflies, mayflies, caddis flies, salmon flies, drakes,  hoppers and other bugs that provide trout with a splendid food source.

This section of the river includes the famous Henry’s Lake,  Box Canyon and Harriman State Park segments. In Last Chance, Idaho you can visit the world famous Mike Lawson‘s Henry’s Fork Fly Shop, Three Rivers Ranch (Warm River, Idaho)or The Trout Hunter ALL THREE are HIGHLY recommended) for your gear, guide or guidance requirements.

Henry's Fork Anglers
Henry’s Fork Anglers

The Lower Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, is considered the flow below Ashton Reservoir. (aka South Fork). This includes the area that flows through Swan Valley (Idaho).

This region is your gateway to some of the most spectacular scenery on EARTH.

Your Gateway
Your Gateway

 

You can view the entire photo album by CLICKING HERE.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

For more images of the vast, sprawling beauty of southeastern Idaho, Please CLICK ON One of My Photo Albums BELOW entitled:

Rainbows Rising

Mesa Falls Scenic Byway

Cave Falls

Enjoy!!!

 

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho is a MUST STOP location for photographers and those who deeply appreciate natural beauty.

Shoshone Falls
Shoshone Falls

This is a run of the river waterfall. Thus, the flows vary by season, rainfall, run-off, release rates from the dam, snow melt, and irrigation requirements. However, the area also provides splendid hiking opportunities and views of the amazing geology that inhabits the area.

Shoshone Falls
Shoshone Falls

You can view the entire photo album by CLICKING HERE.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

Shoshone Falls
Shoshone Falls

For more images of the vast, sprawling beauty of southeastern Idaho, Please CLICK ON One of My Photo Albums BELOW entitled:

Rainbows Rising

Mesa Falls Scenic Byway

Cave Falls

The Henry’s Fork

 

Enjoy!!!

 

Upper Mesa Falls

The Mesa Falls Scenic Byway

The Mesa Falls Scenic Byway is accessed from the south via Highway 47 in Ashton, Idaho. Honestly, the area is a wonderland of natural beauty and requires a few weeks to thoroughly explore.

Upper Mesa Falls
Upper Mesa Falls

These images were captured over two days at different times. One day, the falls were in full shade and the other in full sun (thus, the rainbows at the upper falls in full sun).

Lower Mesa Falls
Lower Mesa Falls

The Ashton, Idaho area includes access to lower Mesa Falls, upper Mesa Falls, the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, Teton Scenic Byway, Fort Henry Scenic Byway, the Fall River, the Warm River, Harriman State Park, Island Park, and Yellowstone National Park (Y.N.P. is back country access ONLY via ROUGH roads to the Bechler Ranger Station – 23 miles east of Ashton — and enters the state of Wyoming). Back country permits are REQUIRED in Yellowstone. Yellowstone N.P. fishing permits are also required when fishing in the Park. (Idaho and Wyoming fishing permits do NOT apply in Yellowstone National Park).

Upper Mesa Falls
Upper Mesa Falls

Using Bechler as a base camp in late August or September is a superb choice to access some of the most gorgeous – and least visited – topography in Yellowstone. (This is a more moist area of Yellowstone and the insects subside in late August/September). Camping is available at the Cave Falls campground.

The Ashton area is diverse – with thousands of acres of rolling farmland (seed potato production and grains) that adjoin the forests of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. You can see the Tetons to the east of Driggs, Idaho from Ashton.

For families and those desiring campground camping – select the Warm River Campground 9 miles east of Ashton. It’s a GREAT spot but very, very crowded during June through Labor Day. The elevation here is 5,200 feet and mornings in September can be sub-freezing — warming nicely as the sun so chooses.

The fly-fishing in this area is world renowned…Period!

This BEAR country…Blacks and Grizzlies – a Grizzly came through our campground on the Warm River just after dark while we were there ( one guy got photos using a wildlife cam in a meadow just upstream from the campground ). You NEED to be equipped with Bear spray in this area. They charge about $50 for a 9 ounce bottle at local outdoor stores/outfitters. (Buy it on the web before your trip and save a bundle).

 

Be BEAR AWARE
Be BEAR AWARE

 

You can view the entire photo album by CLICKING HERE.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

Enjoy!!!

Don’t miss visiting the Ashton, Idaho area and The Mesa Falls Scenic Byway. A truly unique “don’t miss it” region in the gorgeous, breathtaking outdoors of Idaho!

For more images of the vast, sprawling beauty of southeastern Idaho, Please CLICK ON One of My Photo Albums BELOW entitled:

Rainbows Rising

Shoshone Falls

Cave Falls

The Henry’s Fork

 

 

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Rainbows Rising

On a recent trip to southeastern Idaho, I had the opportunity to witness some HUGE Rainbow trout feeding in a river. NO – this was NOT a fish hatchery. This is a closed section of the Warm River (misnomer – it’s 50 degree Fahrenheit water ) – just downstream from the bridge on Highway 47 (Mesa Falls Scenic Byway) – east of Ashton, Idaho about 9 miles – near the entrance road to the Warm River Campground in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout

People were feeding the trout pellets and Cheetos and they were swarming to the food.

It’s amazing to get shots of Rainbow Trout feeding in their natural environment. A number of these monsters were over 24 inches in length and easily 4- 6 pounds each.

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout

A map of the area is here.

This BEAR country…Blacks and Grizzlies – a Grizzly came through our campground on the Warm River just after dark while we were there ( one guy got photos using a wildlife cam in a meadow just upstream from the campground ). You NEED to be equipped with Bear spray in this area. They charge about $50 for a 9 ounce bottle at local outdoor stores/outfitters. (Buy it on the web before your trip and save a bundle).

Be BEAR AWARE
Be BEAR AWARE

 

You can view the entire photo album by CLICKING HERE.

These images are VERY HIGH QUALITY  and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone. PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad or Tablet to enjoy these images.

For more images of the vast, sprawling beauty of southeastern Idaho, Please CLICK ON One of My Photo Albums BELOW entitled:

Mesa Falls Scenic Byway

Shoshone Falls

Cave Falls

The Henry’s Fork

Enjoy!!!

Mutton Bustin

How the Character of Cowgirls and Cowboys are Formed – VIDEO

The County Fair in the American West is a formative place for the socialization of cowgirls and cowboys. In Oregon, The 2014 Crook County Fair in Prineville, Oregon is the place to observe the array of festivities.

One of these activities is called Mutton Bustin – where 4-7 year olds ride their first buckin’ bronco – a sheep.

Videos below are by Bill Dahl – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED:

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