Post Summary: What To Expect at Perrine Coulee Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho
Looking for a stunning Twin Falls waterfall to discover during your trip in Southern Idaho?
You don’t have to go far to see Perrine Coulee Falls – it’s practically in the center of town.
No need to plan a day trip from Twin Falls – if you’re seeking convenience and beauty, it doesn’t get any better than this!
This 200-foot single drop falls is a perfectly short hike and adventure for the whole family. Come see the falls and explore Centennial Waterfront Park for the day!
Keep reading for directions (and tips on hiking and parking), photography vantage points, the best time of day to visit, and more activities nearby!
- How To Reach Perrine Coulee Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho
- History of Perrine Coulee Falls
- What Makes Perrine Coulee Falls So Special?
- Best Time To Visit Perrine Coulee Falls
- What To Pack For Your Adventure
- Directions To Perrine Coulee Falls Trailhead
- Perrine Coulee Falls Trail
- Other Things To Do Nearby
- MORE IDAHO ADVENTURES
How To Reach Perrine Coulee Falls in Twin Falls, Idaho
History of Perrine Coulee Falls
Unlike many of the other waterfalls in Twin Falls, Perrine Coulee Falls is not actually on the Snake River.
It’s fed by Perrine Coulee Creek, which gets its water sources from irrigation from farmland and nearby creeks. From there, its water does flows into the Snake River.
What Makes Perrine Coulee Falls So Special?
Perrine Coulee Falls is the only waterfall in Twin Falls that flows year round. This is because when many of the Snake River Falls dry up in the later summer, this waterfall still goes strong!
It may actually be even stronger in the summer months!
It’s fed by Perrine Coulee Creek, which is managed differently than the neighboring Shoshone Falls and Twin Falls.
Since much more water is used for irrigation in the spring and summer, this may be why the falls still go strong even during the hottest of summer days.
Best Time To Visit Perrine Coulee Falls
In our opinion, the best time to visit Perrine Coulee Falls is in the morning!
This is when the waterfall is shaded from the sun, but also when it’s the least busy. This is unlike other iconic Twin Falls destinations like Balanced Rock, that look better at sunset!
There is limited parking at the trailhead (we’ll get to that in a lower section) so the mornings provide the easiest time to find a parking spot.
As far as time of year, this waterfall is unique to visit any time of year!
However, we think summer is the best, because you won’t get cold from walking under the falls or freezing under its spray!
What To Pack For Your Adventure
There isn’t much that you need to bring to hike on Perrine Coulee Falls Trail.
This is one of those destinations where you can park the car, hop out, and see it right away!
If you are worried about items getting wet, you can consider packing them in a water-resistant backpack. But that’s pretty much all the technical items you might need here.
If you are concerned about your clothes or shoes getting wet, consider wearing waterproof hiking boots and quick-dry fabrics. This part of Idaho is a high-desert climate, so things dry quickly in the summer season.
Directions To Perrine Coulee Falls Trailhead
Although the Perrine Coulee Falls trail is easy and short, the trailhead isn’t so obvious or easy to find...unless you know where to look!
From town, head to the direction of Centennial Waterfront Park on Canyon Springs Road.
As you descend into the canyon on the winding road, you’ll come across a hairpin turn. To the left is your parking area. It’s just a pullout on the side of the road!
There are extremely limited spaces available, and parking spots are parallel parking spaces off on the shoulder.
Note: If you’ve rounded the corner of the hairpin turn, and arrived at Mogenson Trail, you’ve gone too far!
Perrine Coulee Falls Trail
Perrine Coulle Falls hike is so easy, the whole family can do it!
From the parking area, the waterfall is almost immediately visible. You’ll be able to see that there is a walking path behind the falls, under the basalt cliffside.
But how do you get behind Perrine Coulee Falls?
It’s easy – there is a short walk to stand under the waterfall, and come out the other side for another perspective. From here, there are several photography perspectives to take advantage of!
It’s worth it! We definitely recommend getting out the car to check out this short trail on your way to the waterfront.
Other Things To Do Nearby
Perrine Bridge: The Perrine Bridge is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Twin Falls. You can access the bridge via the Twin Falls Visitors Center. If you’re lucky, you can time your visit to watch base jumpers leap from the bridge’s edge!
Shoshone Falls: Perrine Coulee Falls to Shoshone Falls is an easy trip – both can be accomplished in one morning! You can opt to drive to both waterfalls, or opt to paddle up the Snake River and see Shoshone Falls from its base!
Salt Lake City: Believe it or not, Salt Lake City is a popular destination to add on to a Twin Falls itinerary! This is because both towns are culturally connected, and there is so much to do in between cities.