A 200-foot waterfall that cascades over the Snake River Canyon, Perrine Coulee Falls is a can’t miss stop on any visit to Twin Falls, Idaho. For a unique up-close view of the massive waterfall’s force, you can follow a short trail behind Perrine Coulee Falls. While the trail is quick and easy, finding the trailhead can be a bit of a challenge if you don’t know where to look. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to visit Perrine Coulee Falls and walk behind it!


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Perrine Coulee Falls Idaho

Quick Stats

  • Location | Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Hike mileage | 1/4 mile to 1.5 miles
  • Epicness rating | 5
  • Time | 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Cost | free
  • Difficulty | Easy

Important note | the AllTrails page for Perrine Coulee is NOT correct. It actually does include the Perrine Coulee Trail, but then leads down to a viewpoint overlooking the Snake River.

Highlights

  • Stunning, enormous waterfall.
  • Quick and easy to access; conveniently located in Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • Flows year round.

Lowlights

  • Gets fairly crowded.
  • Can be difficult to find the trail behind the falls.

Where is Perrine Coulee Falls?

Perrine Coulee Falls is located in Twin Falls in central Idaho. The falls are just outside of the Cenntenial Waterfront Park on the Snake River. The area offers stunning views of the Snake River Canyon and Perrine Bridge.

Twin Falls is easily accessible from:

  • Pocatello, Idaho in 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Boise, Idaho in 2 hours
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho in 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Salt Lake City, Utah in 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Jackson, Wyoming in 4 hours
Perrine Coulee Bridge over the Snake River from Centennial Park
Perrine Bridge over the Snake River

When is the best time to visit?

Perrine Coulee flows year-round, so it is possible to see the falls any time of year! Generally, the falls are at their most impressive during the spring, as melting snow runoff from the nearby mountains fuels its flow!

Things to know before you go

  • The trail for Perrine Coulee Falls can be a bit tricky to find. Be sure to read the section below about how to find the falls and where to park to save yourself some confusion before you set off.
  • Perrine Coulee Falls is located just outside of Centennial Waterfront Park. Be sure to stop by for beautiful views of the Snake River and the Perrine Bridge.
  • Prepare to get wet if you want to walk behind the falls! Pack a rain jacket and/or clothes you don’t mind getting wet and leave your valuable behind or stored in a dry bag.
  • Walking behind the falls involves a very short, easy hike suitable for kids and hikers of all experience levels!
  • It’s also possible to view the falls from the Snake Canyon Rim Trail above.

How to find Perrine Coulee Falls

While the trail to Perrine Coulee Falls is very easy and short, finding the trailhead can be a bit tricky. I must have spent half an hour driving around the area just trying to figure out where the trail starts. Neither GoogleMaps nor Apple Maps have the correct location, so don’t expect to rely on simply searching for “Perrine Coulee Falls” on your phone’s GPS for directions.

Here we’ll give you all the details you need to know to find the trailhead, to save you the time and confusion for an easy, quick hike! You have a few options for where to park to reach the trailhead, which we have detailed below.

Perrine Coulee Falls map

The map below displays the location of Perrine Coulee Falls and the trail behind it. There are three possible places to park to access the trail behind the falls, explained in more detail below.

map of parking options for Perrine Coulee Falls

Parking options

Option 1 | Small pull-off on Canyon Springs Road, right by the trailhead. While this is the closest option to the falls, parking is extremely limited so it is often full.

Option 2 | Small parking area on Canyon Springs Road, located slightly further from the trailhead than option 1, but closer than option 3.

Option 3 | If you are not able to find parking at option 1 or 2, you can also park at Centennial Waterfront Park. While this is the farthest option from the falls, parking is fairly plentiful.

  • Location | Centennial Waterfront Park
  • Hiking distance | approximately 1.5 miles round trip
  • Warning | To reach Perrine Coulee Falls from this parking area, you will have to walk along a narrow road without much shoulder that gets quite busy. Please use extreme caution if you decide to go take this route, and avoid doing so with children.

Getting to the trail

The trail starts from the end of the first sharp bend in Canyon Springs Road, pictured in the photo below. From parking option 1, you can’t miss it! To get there from parking area 2, walk downhill until you reach the hairpin turn. From option 3, walk uphill from the park and take a right onto Canyon Springs Road.

trailhead off Canyon Springs Road for Perrine Coulee Falls

Perrine Coulee Falls trail

Once you find the trail for Perrine Coulee, the waterfall is straight ahead and the entire trail is less than a quarter mile out and back. The trail leads behind the falls or an incredible view of the cascading water, but be prepared to get a little wet!

the trail leads behind Perrine Coulee Falls
Perrine Coulee Falls in Idaho

View Perrine Coulee Falls from above

To see the mighty waterfall from a different perspective, it’s possible to get an awesome view of Perrine Coulee from above along the Snake River Canyon Rim Trail. There is parking available near Washington Street, and then it’s just a short walk out to the Rim Trail.

Other things to do nearby

Looking for more to do near Twin Falls, Idaho? Check out the resources below for more help planning your trip!

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