The Tallest Structure in Idaho Is Basically a Ladder to the Clouds

Written by Oak Simmons
Published: August 4, 2023
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Idaho is in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is known for its rugged Rocky Mountains, vast Snake River Plain, and dramatic canyons. Additionally, it is a haven for wildlife. While Idaho boasts an incredible landscape and diverse wildlife, few people inhabit the state. It is the 13th least-populated state in the U.S., and the 7th least-densely populated. The largest city in Idaho by population is Boise, the state capital. According to the United States Census Bureau, Boise had an estimated population of 236,634 in 2022. Boise is home to a bustling downtown featuring the tallest building in Idaho. At 323 feet tall, the Zions Bank Building is Idaho’s tallest building. However, the tallest structure in Idaho is more than three times that height! This article explores the tallest structure in Idaho, including its purpose, location, and nearby wildlife.

Capital Building Peaks Out Between Structures in Boise

Boise is the most populous city in Idaho and home to the tallest building in the state.

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What Is the Tallest Structure in Idaho?

The tallest structure in Idaho is a television broadcasting tower belonging to KMVT. According to a permit granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the KMVT tower is 1,060 feet tall. The FCC and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulate the construction of broadcasting towers.

The KMVT tower is a digital television (DTV) antenna, meaning it transmits digital television signals. KMVT based out of Twin Falls, ID. The station is affiliated with CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Where Is the Tallest Structure in Idaho?

The tallest structure in Idaho, the KMVT tower, is located in the town of Jerome in southern Idaho. Jerome is the county seat of Jerome County. According to the United States Census Bureau, it has a population of 13,037. Jerome is 10 miles northwest of Twin Falls and is a part of the Twin Falls metropolitan statistical area. It is approximately 61 miles north of the Idaho/Nevada border.

Jerome is the Magic Valley region of Idaho, a region in central southern Idaho defined by the mighty Snake River. The Magic Valley gets its name from the massive change that the area underwent in the early 20th century. During this time, several dams and irrigation systems were built along the Snake River, which transformed the high desert climate surrounding the river into fertile farmland.

The KMVT tower is located on top of Flattop Butte, which is 5,827 feet above sea level.

At 1,078 miles (1,735 kilometers) long, the Snake River is the longest river in Idaho.

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Animals Near the Tallest Structure in Idaho

The tallest structure in Idaho is located near the Snake River in the Magic Valley region of southern Idaho. Let’s explore some of the amazing animals that live in this region.

White-Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

White-crowned sparrow

The white-crowned sparrow is a medium-sized sparrow native to North America.

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White-crowned sparrows are in the New World sparrow family (Passerellidae). These perching birds live in southern Idaho year-round. Additionally, some white-crowned sparrows migrate to Idaho for the winter from northern Canada and Alaska. White-crowned sparrows are capable of unhemispheric slow-wave sleep (USWS), in which one half of their brain sleeps and the other half remains awake. This allows the birds to rest while remaining alert to their surroundings.

Mountain Coyote (Canis latrans lestes)

Wild Coyote hunting in a roadside meadow in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta Canada

Mountain coyotes are one of the 19 subspecies of coyote.

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The mountain coyote lives in the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. It is distinct from other coyote species because of its larger ears and tail. Coyotes can be both social and solitary, sometimes living in groups and sometimes living alone. They are generally crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk. However, coyotes that live close to human settlements often become more nocturnal in order to avoid human contact.

Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus)

Wild bull trout caught and released in Idaho

Bull trout live in the cold waters of Idaho’s mountain streams and rivers.

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The bull trout is in the Salmonidae family of fish. It is native to northwestern North America. Bull trout are a vulnerable species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Bull trout are found throughout Idaho and have adapted to its many different habitats. Along the Snake River, most bull trout are fluvial. This means that they are born in small headwaters, then migrate to larger rivers to mature, and finally migrate back up to small headwaters to spawn. Bull trout require cold water with little silt in order to spawn. Their population is impacted by logging and dams, both of which hinder their ability to spawn. Since bull trout are “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, it is illegal to fish for them in the United States. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife released a plan to recover bull trout populations.

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © ChrisBoswell/ via Getty Images


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About the Author

Oak Simmons is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering North American wildlife and geography. They graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A resident of Washington state, Oak enjoys tracking mammals and watching birds.

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