New Daily United Express Flights From Denver Open Up Stellar Southern Idaho Destinations

World-class adventures and business opportunities in Southern Idaho have become radically easier for the rest of the country and the world to access. United Airlines' new, nonstop daily air service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Magic Valley Regional Airport (TWF) in Twin Falls, Idaho, commences May 12.

Daily nonstop jet service between Denver, Twin Falls launches May 12

World-class adventures and business opportunities in Southern Idaho have become radically easier for the rest of the country and the world to access. United Airlines' new, nonstop daily air service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Magic Valley Regional Airport (TWF) in Twin Falls, Idaho, commences May 12.

Shawn Barigar, president and CEO of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, said the new flights offer U.S. and international travelers easier access to an array of unique travel destinations and business-development opportunities in Southern Idaho.

Twin Falls and Southern Idaho boast some incredibly compelling attractions, Barigar said. As home to Shoshone Falls -- the Niagara of the West -- and several other spectacular falls in the surrounding area, Twin Falls has earned a reputation as the City of Waterfalls. Southern Idaho also has several nationally significant sites, such as City of Rocks National Reserve, which was an important landmark on the Oregon Trail and now attracts climbers from all over the world.

He said the Snake River, one of the West's great rivers, is another prominent feature and Southern Idaho's main attraction for water sports enthusiasts. He said Perrine Bridge, which towers nearly 500 feet over the canyon, draws thrill seekers worldwide as the only manmade structure in North American where BASE jumping (parachuting from a fixed structure) is allowed year-round without a permit.

Southern Idaho attractions

Here, in our opinion, is a list of must-see attractions when you travel in this state.

Idaho State Capitol

The Capitol building occupies a central place in the life of not only the city of Boise, but also the state of Idaho. For more than 100 years, this building has housed the government of Idaho.

Egyptian theater

The Egyptian Theater is an architectural treasure and local landmark located in the heart of the city on the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street.

Channel Islands National Park

The Channel Islands National Park is located on the southern coast of California and includes, in addition to the protected natural area, several inhabited islands - Santa Barbara, Anacapa, San Miguel, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa.

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge

The national reserve, located in the city of Nampa (Rd Nampa), on the shores of Lake Lowell (Lowell). He gained fame thanks to the vast territories, divided into sectors in order to preserve certain species of plants and animals, as well as the opportunity to observe the course of natural phenomena.

Lake Walcott State Park

Wildlife abounds in the park and along the coastline. Here you can meet deer, raccoons, porcupines, squirrels and enjoy the singing of birds. The stunning nature of this park provides unlimited opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities.

Noteworthy destinations

Barigar said other noteworthy destinations include the vast sagebrush-strewn lava flows at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, the Minidoka National Historic Site where 13,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II, and the Thousand Springs area's seven stunningly beautiful state park units, hot springs resorts, and sturgeon fisheries.

Melissa Barry, executive director of Twin-Falls-based Southern Idaho Tourism, said the new route should be a big boon for regional tourism.

I'm really excited about the new United route to Denver, Barry said. It will not only open up our region to the East Coast, but Denver itself is one of the top feeder markets generating traffic at, so we're anticipating a lot of demand will come from that area. Twin Falls is kind of like a Denver 10-15 years ago: We have great access to outdoor recreation, it's affordable, and we're right in the sweet spot with Sun Valley to the north, Yellowstone National Park to the east, and Boise to the west.

Business opportunities are plentiful

Business opportunities in Southern Idaho are also plentiful, according to Barigar.

Idaho is number-one in population growth nationally, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and Southern Idaho -- one of the state's fastest-growing regions -- has seen its population increase by 5.8 percent over the last decade, he said. We're home to robust industry, particularly focused around agribusiness from food production, processing, and research -- including the world's largest yogurt manufacturing plant, which is owned by Chobani. We also enjoy the second highest manufacturing job growth in the U.S.

He said the new flights are part of a growing trend, with airlines launching shorter routes to smaller markets like Twin Falls as the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations accelerate and people begin dipping their toes into travel again.

We're looking forward to the start of these new flights and providing travelers with more options and access to get anywhere they want to go, said Greg Atkin, managing director of market development for SkyWest Airlines, which is operating the new flights for United. We also continue to utilize a multi-layered safety approach onboard every flight, including enhanced cleanings, mandatory face coverings and more.

Bill Carberry, Magic Valley Regional Airport manager, concurs.

We're really excited to see forecasts for robust air travel returning again this summer as the COVID-19 vaccines are administered to the public and the airlines continue to take the appropriate precautions for safe air travel, Carberry said. The Magic Valley Regional Airport is prepared to safely accommodate air travelers with its recently expanded terminal and ticket counters. It provides the space needed to social distance and, combined with the airlines' safety protocols, will provide a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

The new service is supported by a U.S. Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Program grant, which assists communities with small nonhub airports like Magic Valley Regional Airport to improve their air service.

Accrue frequent flier miles

Customers flying the new route between Denver and Twin Falls will have the opportunity to accrue frequent-flier miles in United's MileagePlus loyalty program aboard SkyWest's 50-passenger CRJ200 regional aircraft.

Visit   for tourism information about Twin Falls and Southern Idaho.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Southern Idaho destinations have become more accessible with the new United Express flights from Denver, and what attractions do these areas offer?
New flights open up destinations like Twin Falls, known for Shoshone Falls, and Sun Valley for skiing and outdoor activities. These areas offer attractions such as scenic landscapes, hiking trails, and opportunities for adventure sports.

Comments (0)

Leave a comment