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American-Falls is a small city of approximately 4,000 residents, located in southeast Idaho. It lies on the banks of the Snake River and the shores of the American Falls Reservoir. The town was originally settled as a supply stop along the Oregon Trail, which passed just north of town, through the present-day reservoir. American Falls has the distinction of being the first town in the United States to be entirely relocated; it was moved in 1925 to facilitate construction of the nearby American Falls Dam. The old town site sits at the bottom of the reservoir, northeast of the present town. Outdoor recreation abounds in the American Falls area. The Snake River and the reservoir offer many opportunities for boating and fishing. The Willow Bay Marina complex offers camping, boat launch facilities and a restaurant. Massacre Rocks State Park, which is just ten miles west of American Falls on I-86, offers camping, river access, hiking, fishing and birdwatching. The town of American Falls also has a 9-hole golf course. For winter sports enthusiasts, skiing and snowmobiling is found in the nearby towns of Rockland and Arbon, with Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Pebble Creek and Pomerelle within a three-hour drive. The city of American Falls is also just 23 miles west of Pocatello, a city of 50,000 that is home to Idaho State University and offers many more opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Surrounding areas: Pocatello, Idaho (20.6 mi), Blackfoot, Idaho (38.4 mi)

American Falls Vacation Rentals

American Falls Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Motel 6291 BurnsideChubbuck, ID21.5 mi.(208) 237-3880
Nendels Inn4333 Yellowstone AveChubbuck, ID21.6 mi.(208) 237-3100
Quality Inn1555 Pocatello CRK RdPocatello, ID21.7 mi.(208) 233-2200
Ramada Inn & Convention Center133 W Burnside AvePocatello, ID21.7 mi.(208) 237-0020
Towneplace Suites Pocatello2376 Via CaporattiPocatello, ID21.7 mi.(208) 478-7000
Rodeway Inn835 S 5TH AvePocatello, ID21.8 mi.(208) 233-0451
Bidwell Motel1335 S 5THPocatello, ID22.0 mi.(208) 232-3114
Thunderbird1415 S 5THPocatello, ID22.0 mi.(208) 232-6330
Comfort Inn1333 Bench RdPocatello, ID22.8 mi.(208) 237-8155
Red Lion Hotel Pocatello1555 Pocatello Creek RdPocatello, ID22.8 mi.(800) 325-4000
Cottontree Inn1415 Bench RdPocatello, ID22.9 mi.(208) 237-7650
Holiday Inn - Pocatello1399 Bench RdPocatello, ID22.9 mi.(208) 237-1400
Super 81330 Bench RdPocatello, ID22.9 mi.(208) 234-0888
Ameritel Inn1440 Bench RdPocatello, ID23.0 mi.(208) 234-7500

American Falls Weather & Climate

Southeastern Idaho has a four-season climate. The area's precipitation is approximately 20-30 inches, which is among the highest in southern Idaho, although the area is not in the mountains. This unusually high precipitation is due to the unique geography of southern Idaho and Yellowstone. The Snake River Plain was formed by the Yellowstone hot spot across southern Idaho, and it forms a moisture channel that extends from the Pacific Ocean to Yellowstone area. This southeastern corner at the head of the Snake River Plain and at the end of the Yellowstone moisture channel gets as much snow as the typical ski towns of Colorado. In contrast, summers are hot and humidity is low. Occasionally, moisture-laden air from the south produces thunderstorms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 17°F 1.10 in. -
February 39°F 21°F 0.97 in. -
March 49°F 28°F 1.35 in. -
April 60°F 34°F 1.20 in. -
May 68°F 42°F 1.60 in. -
June 78°F 48°F 0.95 in. -
July 86°F 54°F 0.61 in. -
August 85°F 53°F 0.60 in. -
September 75°F 45°F 0.84 in. -
October 61°F 36°F 0.95 in. -
November 44°F 27°F 1.20 in. -
December 33°F 18°F 1.06 in. -

American Falls Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the American Falls airport (U01) located about 1 mile northeast of American Falls, the Pocatello Regional airport (PIH) located approximately 15 miles northeast of American Falls in Pocatello, Idaho, the Malad City airport (MLD) located roughly 51 miles southeast of American Falls in Malad City, Idaho, the Arco Butte County airport (AOC) located around 61 miles northwest of American Falls in Arco, Idaho, and finally the Idaho Falls Regional airport (IDA) located about 64 miles northeast of American Falls in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

American Falls Attractions

Golf Courses
American Falls Golf CourseAmerican FallsID 
Hazard Creek Golf CourseAberdeenID11.1 mi.
Highland Golf CoursePocatelloID21.9 mi.
Riverside Golf CoursePocatelloID21.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Snowshoe HollowAftonWY97.6 mi.
Sun ValleySun ValleyID98.4 mi.
Nordic ValleyEdenUT115.4 mi.
Snow KingJacksonWY116.0 mi.
Jackson HoleTeton VillageWY116.3 mi.
SnowbasinHuntsvilleUT118.9 mi.
State Parks
Massacre Rocks State ParkID9.5 mi. 
Indian Rocks State ParkID33.0 mi. 
Idaho Museum of Natural HistoryPocatelloID21.7 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Tautphaus Park ZooIdaho FallsID62.9 mi.

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