Jumping into the Snake River Canyon!

No not us.

We spent the night in Twin Falls, Idaho on our way home from Yellowstone.

After dinner at Elevation 486 – a restaurant overlooking the Snake River Canyon – we went outside and got to talking with a local.

What else should we see while we were in Twin Falls? We’d already been to Shoshone Falls – they were conspicuously absent though the canyon was beautiful.

Without any hesitation she asked if we’d been to the Visitor Center at the nearby Perrine Bridge. No, we hadn’t. There we’d find the best views of the canyon, she said. AND we could watch the BASE jumpers jump off the bridge!

BASE as in Building, Antenna, Span, Earth, the dangerous sport of jumping from a fixed object with a parachute. In fact, the Perrine Bridge is the only place in the U.S. where BASE jumpers can practice their ‘sport’ legally, year-round without a permit.

So the next morning we went to the bridge and found exquisite views of the canyon.

We also saw jumpers as they made their way up to the bridge.

Some climbed over the rail, flinging their parachute into the air before jumping. (Click on pictures in the gallery to enlarge.)

Others balanced on top of the rail for the big jump.

Thankfully all landed safely on the ground.

Crazy? Yes.

Extreme and dangerous? Yes.

But BASE jumpers come from all over the world to jump off the Perrine Bridge.

And it’s thrilling to watch.

~ Susanne

26 Comments on “Jumping into the Snake River Canyon!

  1. Fabulous scenery, Susanne. I am not scared of heights, but could never do those jumps at my age!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • The scenery was amazing! I am afraid of heights and wouldn’t even think of walking out on the bridge, much less, jumping from it! But it really was thrilling to watch!

  2. This is something my sister’s might do. She loves bungee jumping and skydiving but she would need to go tandem. Great pictures!

  3. Beautiful photos, the bridge is amazing. It seems like the police would be putting a stop to the jumpers who are nutters! πŸ˜‚

    • Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it! It was fun to stumble across the BASE jumpers. I’d heard of that extreme sport but never expected to witness it!

  4. Great photos, Susanne. That’s such a beautiful part of the country and the base jumpers are a bonus!

  5. My 11 year old grandson keeps telling us that as soon as he is 18 and doesn’t need parental permission he is going to take up the sport. Let’s hope he has more sense by then.

  6. Oh my word! Talk about an element of risk! That bridge is beautiful, though I’m sure your photography skills have something to do with it. 😊 I would be scared to even watch someone doing that. 😱

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