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Mesa Falls, Ashton

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Waterfall Nature / Park
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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  • My photo basically tells it all. Yet since I *should* write something; Mesa Falls is an easy 5 minute walk from a small visitor center downhill (both via steps or via a ramp). There are several differ...  more »
  • This place is off the beaten path, so there was not a little of tourists at this location. You get right up to see how beautiful the scenery is, you can feel the mist on a hot days it is great just to...  more »
  • Mesa Falls is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Amazing views of the Falls. Definitely worth the visit.  more »