The city of Idaho Falls, originally known as Eagle Rock, found its beginnings with the influx of miners, fur trades, trappers, travelers, pioneers, and early settlers. That, along with the development of the railroad, ferries, and bridges which spanned the Snake River, solidified the existence of Idaho Falls. Idaho Falls is situated on the valley floor astride the Snake River at an elevation of 4,744 feet and is the County Seat of Bonneville County. Idaho Falls lies 50 miles north of Pocatello and 100 miles from yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. It is one of Eastern Idaho's regional centers for shopping, medical care, education, and cultural awareness. There are superb opportunities for recreational activity in the nearby mountains. Wildlife is abundant in this area; you can catch sight of deer, elk, and many other animals among the golden leaves of the aspen trees and the forests of pines that inhabit this wonderland of nature.
The dryness of this region seems to temper the hot and cold temperatures that can occur in this part of Eastern Idaho. The residents of Idaho Falls enjoy a semi-arid alpine climate. The summers are extensive and mild which is ideal for fishing, biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, barbecues, and floating the Snake River. July nights are typically in the low 50s while the daytime temperatures range in the mid 80s. Fall on the valley floor is generally peaceful and gorgeous. January temperatures range from 27 degrees in the daytime to an average of 10 degrees at night. Winters are comparatively long, but not severe. Spring tends to be short in Idaho Falls with a below average growing season. You need to plant your garden early to ensure success.
The waterfalls are the focal point of Idaho Falls and are created by a diversion dam which provides hydroelectric power. The original dam was built in 1909; today's dam was constructed as part of a $55.3 million hydroelectric power project in 1982. The citizenry of Idaho Falls paid $48.0 million in taxes to fabricate the hydroelectric power plant. The U.S. Department of Energy in turn funded $7.3 million allowing for completion of the power plant. There are a total of three power plants that produce hydroelectric power for Idaho Falls, combined they produce fifty percent of the electricity needed.
Idaho Falls is a clean and prosperous community with friendly residents. This city offers something for a variety of interests, no matter the weather or season. Shopping is unlimited with excellent stores, a healthy downtown, various box stores, and a 60-acre shopping mall. The Grand Teton Mall is made up of 76 stores offering everything from apparel to food. From May through October, one can find a shopping alternative at the annual Farmers' Market located downtown in the KeyBank parking lot. With year-around activities, recreational opportunities, and excellent schools, it is no wonder young families and retirees are proud to call Idaho Falls home.