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Snake River - Wees Bar Petroglyphs

View ancient petroglyphs up close along the Snake River in Southwest Idaho.
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 12.9 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  This is an all day hike. If you decide to use a mountain bike, it becomes a half-day ride.

Walk across the Swan Falls Dam. Once... more »

Tips:  Avoid hiking in the canyon during high temperatures and bring plenty of water. There is about 300 feet of elevation gain.

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Points of Interest

1. Swan Falls Dam

The dam was built in 1901 to generate electricity. It is the oldest hydroelectric dam on the Snake River. In the 1990s the original power plant was replaced with a new one.

The dam and power plant are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

2. Priest Ranch Homestead

The Priest Ranch operated a private ferry in the late nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century. The ferry ran until around World War I, when the Priest family relocated. In 1957 another private party put in a small ferry at the site and ran it until it was washed away by high water about 1959.

3. Orchard

This was a small orchard for the Priest Ranch homestead. Some of the trees in the orchard still appear to be alive.

4. Petroglyphs

This is one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs along the Snake River. The petroglyphs record journeys to hunting grounds or neighboring tribes, used for keeping track of the weather and other cryptic carvings which archeologists have been unable to decipher.

5. Wees Bar Stone House

Remnants of the long abandoned Wees House. A few of the walls are still standing.