Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mesa Falls, Byways, and Ashton, ID

So I know it's a little bit of a drive (65 miles) but super worth it. Mesa Falls is North East of Ashton along the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway. The Byway is accessible through Ashton or Island Park and is a beautiful drive. Cost to get into the park where Mesa Falls lookout is $5 a car, and for me, it was worth it. The drive there took us a little over 1 1/2 hours, but we stopped at every scenic overlook. We had our picnic lunch and walked around a bit. There are two falls. These are the lower falls but can only be seen from a distance.

A mile up the road are the Upper Falls, which are much more accessible. There is also a neat little visitors center and museum where you can feel all sorts of animal skins and see what it would be like to have antlers.

It's a very family friendly place to visit with lots of easy pathways to see everything from. We had our baby in the front pack which was a little easier than a stroller because there are a few paths that have stairs.

On the way back we stopped in Ashton at a giant root beer float we had seen on the way up.

Frostop's drive-in was a super fun place to stop for a treat on the way home. The Mr. thought it was a super root beer float. I had ice cream because I noticed too late that they had huckleberry milkshakes. But I did notice they had these funny toys there for kids to play on.

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Anyway, if you head up that direction there are a lot of other little hikes and things to see along the byway, but we only had a couple hours to stay there. More information can be found at the visit Idaho website.

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