AAA Editor Notes
Kootenai Falls is 5 mi. e. on US 2. The Kootenai River foams through a narrow, rocky gorge, forming a cataract that drops 300 feet over a distance of several hundred yards. Sacred to the Kootenai Indians, the area can be traversed via a network of trails.
Bridging the Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline, a trail—the uppermost portion of which is paved and features an interpretive display and a picnic area—leads down through the forest to the edge of the gorge. Visitors can continue east to the falls or west to a swinging suspension bridge that connects to trails on the north side of the river.
Note: A portion of the trail system lacks guardrails, is uneven and can be muddy in wet weather.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.