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Mesa Falls, Ashton

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Upper Mesa Falls is a waterfall on the Henrys Fork in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Upstream from Lower Mesa Falls, it is roughly 16mi away from Ashton, Idaho.Upper Mesa Falls is roughly 114ft high and 200ft wide.FormationMesa Falls Tuff, which is the rock over which Upper Mesa Falls cascades, was formed 1.3 million years ago. A cycle of rhyolitic volcanism from the Henrys Fork caldera deposited a thick layer of rock and ash across the area. This layer compressed and hardened over time.Between 200,000 and 600,000 years ago, the river eroded a wide canyon which was subsequently partly filled with basalt lava flows. The Henrys Fork of the Snake River then carved the channel through the basalt; which is the inner canyon seen today.
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  • October 3, 2017
    The falls are beautiful and not crowded, so be sure to make the trip. The visitors center is a wonderfully restored building worth exploring. This is a side trip you will not regret.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Mesa Falls is worth the visit beautiful location. You do have to pay a few dollars to park. For a family outing it is fun see.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Wow. You travel through all 50 states over the decades and start to think you can no longer be surprised. Been there, seen/done that. Then you happen upon Upper Mesa Falls, 114 feet high, 200 feet wid...  more »

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