Everything felt wrong exiting Interstate 84 and heading south on State Highway 93. Passing familiar suburban landmarks like Costco, Chick-fil-a, Home Depot and, of course, Starbucks, it just didn’t feel right. This is where Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon? It felt more like a witness protection program town. You can’t get more nondescript than Twin Falls, Idaho.
A few turns later (after passing churches and a few McMansions) we were entering the Shoshone Falls Park. Is this the right place to see the Evel jump site? The young man in the park’s entrance booth smiled. I was not the first seeker who had asked that question. Yep, this was the place (unless you know the “back way” through private property). Fans simply have to follow the paved trail from the end of the park for a one-mile hike to what’s left of the launch ramp.
Finding the sacred site was well worth the effort. Check that one off my must-do list. And any legitimate Evel Knievel fan or historian needs to do the same. You won’t be disappointed.
Eddie Braun jumped the Snake River Canyon in 2016, pulling off what Evel set out to do in 1974. Eddie is a stuntman, not a daredevil. There is a big difference. Eddie and his crew choreographed the jump scientifically and I was told he actually had permission to land on the other side of the canyon. That is something Evel neglected to arrange for his attempt. New Atlas has a great story on the jump.