Jump Creek Falls and Canyon in Owyhee County, Idaho is a great place for a day trip, a short hike, and a picnic — especially, if you’re looking for a fun place to take the kids, but don’t want to or cannot spend the entire day.

The Jump Creek recreation area features four short hikes, including the 0.2 mile Jump Creek Falls Trail that leads from the area’s lower parking lot to the base of the falls. The hike actually takes less than ten minutes at an average pace — including the time it takes to ford  Jump Creek at least once depending of the water level.

Jump Creek Falls in Idaho. Photo by Armando Emanuel Roggio, Sr.

Once at the falls, you can swim if the weather is warm enough.

Jump Creek in Idaho, Photo By Armando Emanuel Roggio, Sr.

The area also has three trails on top of the canyon. The Falls Creek Overlook is fairly short and leads to a great view of the falls from above. West Rimrock Trail is a steep but short trail to the plateau between Jump Creek and Poison Creek Canyons. There is also a cutoff trail that is extremely narrow and has a couple of very steep drops. All of these are accessible from the trailhead near the upper parking area.

Walking along the trail at Jump Creek, Idaho photo by Armando Emanuel Roggio, Sr.

There are also several picnic tables and grills available. The area is only open during daylight, so you may not camp.

lots of sky at Jump Creek, photo by Armando Emanuel Roggio, Sr.

Access to Jump Creek is from South Jump Creek Road and Jump Creek Road, which are south and west of Marsing, Idaho near 95. The road goes through private property, so you will see some no trespassing signs encouraging you to stay on the road as well as the occasional free range cow. When you come to the first fork in South Jump Creek Road turn to the right and follow this road toward the left.


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  1. M. B. Desman says:

    Sounds like a fun day trip. However, your directions are pretty sketchy, at best. Sure could use a bit more detail, like:
    Does the road intersect 95? Where?

    How far is it from 95, assuming you can get there from 95?

    If you can’t get there from 95, then how do you find your way in?

    If you have answers to these questions, I sure would appreciate hearing them.

    Thanks!

  2. Armando says:

    @M.B.Desman. I hear you. They were sort of sketchy, because it is sort of hard to describe. In fact, I wish I had taken some pictures of the turn-by-turn directions.

    Anyway, here is a link to the Google map for Jump Creek.

    You can select “Get Directions” from the left navigation, and get the specifics.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Jump+Creek+Falls,+Murphy,+Owyhee,+Idaho&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Jump+Creek+Falls&t=h&ll=43.47684,-116.92543&spn=0.021799,0.079823&z=14&source=embed

  3. P. Bowen says:

    My kids spent lots of time there over the years and had tons of fun, during the Spring, Summer, and Fall.
    BUT remember ..the terrain is steep in areas. Most places like this–there are hazards.
    for instance…….Poison Oak and Rattle Snakes.
    This is a caution note for any back country treks.

  4. sariah says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures. That canyon looks like it would be interesting hike. Our family loves to find beautiful places to explore in southern Idaho and waterfalls are always a bonus. We just discovered the falls in Box Canyon (Hagerman area) last week. That’s another great day trip destination.

  5. Steve Wilson says:

    Yep, I grew up about 10 miles away from Jumpcreek canyon near where Jump creek dumps into the Snake river. I would say that Poison Oak is the most common problem with this area so warn your kids. It is a very fun hike to the falls crossing the creek back and forth. Also there is a trail to get to the top of the falls but you have to climb Devils ladder which is a technical climb and only for the experienced.
    Have Fun,

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