Lower Mesa Falls are viewed from a pull-out on the west side of the highway (Grandview Overlook
), visible through gaps in the trees, 500 feet below. The falls consist of one main drop close to several smaller cascades and would look very spectacular close-up, from a path that descends the canyon walls to the river's edge, but this part of the gorge its privately owned so the path is out of bounds. Not so many people stop here, in contrast to the busy Upper Falls which has enough parking for several hundred vehicles. From a cluster of buildings including a gift shop and the historic Mesa Falls Lodge
, a paved path descends to a viewpoint right on the brink of the 200 foot-wide falls, and another path follow the canyon up and down a short distance, giving unobscured views of the falls and the fast-flowing river below. Entrance to the viewpoint (2023) is $5 per vehicle.