Eastern Idaho Adventure! Yellowstone Teton Territory Visitors Guide

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Welcome to Eastern Idaho, where wilderness meets culture. Whether you’re excitedly awaiting your getaway to the eastern corner of the Gem State or you’ve just arrived and are ready to explore, you’re in for an experience as breathtaking and diverse as our landscapes—and with some big city excitement and amenities tucked into the mix.

Our scenic backdrop of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and wildflowers has long been called “Yellowstone Teton Territory,” an apt description given our proximity to America’s wonderland and first national park. We are next door to two national parks and the tourist mecca that is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We know that once you’re here, you’ll see that our six-county region has so much to offer, you’ll have to make plans to come back!

Come see where the road takes you—you’ll no doubt find the unexpected around every corner. Stop and sample our famous huckleberry milkshakes and homegrown fare; watch trumpeter swans, bald eagles, and sandhill cranes make their way across our wide-open skies; and partake in our innumerable recreational opportunities from snowmobiling to fly fishing. Get your fill of nearly each and every outdoor pursuit in the small yet bustling communities of Victor, Driggs, and Tetonia that make up Teton Valley. Stroll quaint city streets with boutiques, local restaurants, and scenic pathways in Rexburg. Scout your next great catch or trophy hunt of a lifetime in Island Park. Cozy up to a slower pace of life with all the charm of yesteryear in Ashton—just one of the small towns you won’t want to miss. There’s so much to see and do in Eastern Idaho, you’ll no doubt be back for more.

And while the great outdoors might be what first attracts you, Eastern Idaho is a cultural destination all its own. Anchored by Idaho Falls, the largest city in our six-county region, even the most urbane visitor will delight in the top-notch arts, culture, and events. These and more continue to make this city no longer an up-and-comer. Idaho Falls has arrived. The region’s largest airport, the second busiest in the state, is located in Idaho Falls, making getting here as easy as hopping on a flight. Now home to the Mountain America Center and Hero Arena, Idaho Falls welcomes national events, hosts the Idaho Falls Spud Kings hockey franchise, and packs the calendar with unbeatable fun for the entire family. But that’s not all. The city offers a celebrated symphony and opera company, terrific historical and cultural museums, and an emphasis on public art that supports the creative and expressive health of our region. Eastern Idaho just might have it all and more.

Whether you’re an angler or a hunter, skier or hiker, art patron or history buff—or maybe all of these things—Eastern Idaho has so much to offer. As we like to say, “It’s all here ... or near!”

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How to Use This Book

Whether for a three-day adventure or a weeklong experience, this sixcounty region offers a lifetime of memories for all visitors. With such a large geographical area to explore and with so many options from which to choose, where to start and what to see and do are the biggest decisions. Inside the pages of this magazine you’ll find a snapshot of each city and town: Idaho Falls, Rexburg and St. Anthony, Ririe and Rigby, Island Park and Ashton, Swan Valley, and Teton Valley. Turn to page 9 for a map of the Yellowstone Teton Territory. Then, explore the pages and start your journey!

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Getting Here


Each county in Yellowstone Teton Territory has its own visitor center, and a stop at any of them will be advantageous. You’ll be able to pick up brochures and maps, ask questions about road conditions and weather, and much more. The Greater Idaho Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau shares its offices with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, expanding the knowledge available there. Eastern Idaho’s other visitor centers are all located in the heart of their respective towns; see the full listing of visitor centers on the map insert.

Jackson Hole Airport, Wyoming: with six airlines (100 miles from Idaho Falls, about one hour from Driggs), jacksonholeairport.com;

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Belgrade, Montana (near Bozeman): with seven airlines (200 miles from Idaho Falls), bozemanairport.com; and

Yellowstone Airport, West Yellowstone, Montana, located adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, yellowstoneairport.org


Car Rentals:

In Idaho Falls (kiosk at the airport unless another address is given):

Alamo (208) 522-0340

Avis (208) 523-6066

Budget (208) 522-8800

Enterprise, 898 Northgate Mile (208) 523-8111

FLYING IN Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA)

The Idaho Falls Regional Airport makes starting your Eastern Idaho getaway as simple as booking a flight. IDA provides daily commercial flights and twelve direct flights on major airlines: Allegiant Airlines, Delta, United, Alaska Airlines, and American Airlines. The airport is located at 2140 N. Skyline Dr. (about 2.5 miles from downtown), (208) 612-8224, idahofallsairport.com

Nonstop flights take you to:

Dallas/Fort Worth




Salt Lake City


Other Regional Airports

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

Oakland/San Francisco

San Diego

Orange County Portland

Other airports also serve the area. For example, Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport in Driggs is a fixed-base operator, as are the airports in Rigby, Rexburg, and St. Anthony. These facilities service private jets and include hangars and other amenities.

Some visitors choose to fly into an airport outside the area and proceed into Yellowstone Teton Territory by rental car. Options include:

Salt Lake City International Airport, Utah: a major hub for Delta, with eight other airlines (215 miles from Idaho Falls), slcairport.com;

Hertz (208) 529-3101

National Car Rental (208) 522-0340

Thrifty Car Rental, 1495 Foote Dr. (877) 283-0898

In Rexburg:

A-Plus Car Rental, 210 W. 4th S. (208) 356-9018

Enterprise, 208 W. 1st N. (208) 356-8889

Taylor Chevrolet, 819 S. Yellowstone Hwy. (208) 356-6600

In Driggs:

Hertz Car Rentals, Teton Aviation Center, DriggsReed Memorial Airport (208) 354-3100


Shuttle services (within area, around Idaho Falls, to Jackson Hole, or to Salt Lake City International Airport)

Roadrunner Shuttle (208) 359-1100

Teton Stage Lines, 1425 Lindsey Blvd. (208) 529-8036, tetonstagelines.com

Greyhound Bus Lines Terminal: (operated by Salt Lake Express) Shaka’s Chevron, 1520 Grandview Dr., Idaho Falls (208) 522-0912.

Salt Lake Express (208) 656-8824, saltlakeexpress.com

Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit, the START Bus, (307) 733-4521, startbus.com

ACC Medlink (Long-distance medical transportation service), (800) 550-1025, medic-trans.com

St. George Shuttle (435) 628-8320, stgshuttle.com


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Scenic Drives


Cruise through Eastern Idaho and you’ll view panoramas of forests, geological features, waterfalls, and mountain peaks, with pockets of wildlife and fields of wildflowers as numerous as pastures full of grazing horses and cattle. Along the way, you’ll see reminders of the Native American tribes that lived and moved through the region, as well as abandoned mines and ghost towns that evoke the days of the pioneers.

The best way to sample the illustrious heritage of the area is to make your way along one (or all) of Eastern Idaho’s scenic and historic byways. Plus, the full Yellowstone-Grand Teton Loop has been named one of the Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies.

The mantra—it’s the journey, not the destination—rings true for any Eastern Idaho adventure. Each scenic byway is a journey all its own, with exciting stops, scenic overlooks, and endless views to enjoy while you cruise the open road in your automobile or RV. A tip for travelers: Plan to spend additional time on each of the byways in order to make stops; the amount allotted in the description is the time needed to simply drive the routes. Driving 100 miles might take much longer than you expect! Of course, you can approach the byways from any direction. More info on each one, including photographs and tips, is available at visitidaho.org/things-to-do and clicking the scenic byways and backcountry drives tab.


Parts of the Fort Henry, Lost Gold, Mesa Falls, and Sacajawea Byways, and the Yellowstone-Grand Teton Loop, are closed to cars in the winter. Certain sections are excellent snowmobile or crosscountry ski trails. Services might be limited on these routes, even when the roads are open. Before heading out, check online for current conditions.


Length and roadway: 97 miles; allow 2.5 hours; two-lane road, 11 miles of gravel road. (208) 624-4870

Directions: From North Rexburg, exit on US 20, head north on Salem Highway to St. Anthony Sand Dunes; take Red Road to “Y” junction with A-2, north on A-2, then east to US 20 at Island Park. (Southern segment, from intersection of Salem Highway and 500 North, is east to St. Anthony on US 20 business route, turning at the Fun Farm Sportsmen Access onto Old US 191 past Chester to Ashton on US 20.)


• St. Anthony Sand Dunes (page 27).

• Camas Meadows Battleground—An interpretive monument marks the site of an 1877 skirmish between the U.S. Cavalry and the Nez Perce. In this area, Native Americans harvested camas bulbs for food each fall. Today vast fields of blue camas lilies welcome returning sandhill cranes and courting sage grouse each spring.


Length and roadway: 45 miles on two-lane road to the Teton Scenic Byway; 56 miles, on divided highway and two-lane roads, to the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway.

Directions: For the Teton Scenic Byway, from Idaho Falls follow US 26 east to Swan Valley; for the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, from Idaho Falls go northeast on US 20 into Rexburg; turn east onto ID 33 and go through Sugar City to Teton; follow the back road north to St. Anthony; return to US 20 and continue to Ashton.


• Watch for white trumpeter swans on the South Fork of the Snake River just west of Swan Valley.

• Regionally famous square ice cream cones at the Rainey Creek Country Store in Swan Valley. (page 51)

• Brigham Young University–Idaho and the Idaho Centennial Carousel in Rexburg.

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Length and roadway: 48 miles, allow 1.5 hours; two-lane road, 11 miles of gravel road. (208) 374-5330

Directions: On A-2, at “Y” junction (with Red Road, on the Fort Henry Historic Byway), head west into Dubois, north on Old US 91 to Spencer, east on Spencer/Idmon (gravel) road, connecting to A-2 and the Fort Henry Historic Byway at Idmon.


• Heritage Hall Museum, Dubois.

• Spencer, The “Opal Capital of America.”

• Nez Perce Trail Loop follows a section of the path Native Americans used to flee the pursuing cavalry in 1877.


Length and roadway: 28.7 miles; can be done in an hour or easily fill half a day; two-lane road, winds through upper elevations. Some of the byway is groomed for Nordic skiing during the winter. (208) 652-7442

Directions: From Ashton, head northeast on ID 47, then northwest along Forest Service Route 294 to US 20.


• Upper and Lower Mesa Falls of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River (page 33).

• Harriman State Park (page 32).

• Island Park—A colorful community stretching along US 20 (page 30).

• Big Falls Inn—Built between 1912 and 1916, now a seasonal visitor center near full-access walking and viewing paths.


Length and roadway: 132 miles; allow about 2.5 hours; twolane road, watch for icy conditions in winter over Gilmore Summit. (800) 727-2540

Directions: At Exit 143 on Interstate 15, follow ID 33 west 12 miles, then north on ID 28 for 120 miles into Salmon.


• Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area.

• Charcoal Kilns Historic Site, 4 miles west of ID 28, off USFS Road 541 in the Birch Creek area.

• Sacajawea Interpretive Center (at terminus of trail in Salmon)—Lemhi Valley was the childhood home of Sacajawea, the young Native American woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark with the Corps of Discovery in 1804 and one of Idaho’s most famous women.


Length and roadway: 69 miles, allow 2.5 hours; two-lane road, often covered in snow during the winter; Pine Creek Pass (6,800 feet) is highest point with 6 percent grades. Meets Mesa Falls Scenic Byway in Ashton. (208) 354-2312

Directions: From Swan Valley, follow ID 31 northeast to Victor, turn north on ID 33 to ID 32, north on ID 32 to ID 47, west on ID 47 to US 20 at Ashton.


• The worth-a-stop small towns of Swan Valley, Victor, Driggs, Tetonia, and Ashton.

• Spectacular views of the Teton Range with the Big Hole Mountains on the west surround rolling ranchlands and agricultural fields.

• So many recreational opportunities per acre they can’t even be counted!


Length and roadway: 262 miles, can be done in one long day; mostly two-lane roads, driving conditions vary greatly from location to location.

Directions: From Victor, head north on ID 33 to ID 32, north on ID 32 to ID 47, west on ID 47 in Ashton; head northeast on ID 47, then northwest along Forest Service Route 294 to US 20; head north on US 20 to West Yellowstone (about mile 110 of loop); then into West Entrance of Yellowstone east to Madison Junction; head south to Old Faithful and east to West Thumb, then south on US 287 to Moran (in Grand Teton National Park), south on US 26 and 191 to Jackson, then west on WY 22 (which becomes ID 33) to Victor.


• Encompasses much of the Teton Scenic Byway, all of the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, the Island Park area, West Yellowstone, parts of Yellowstone National Park, the Rockefeller Parkway, Grand Teton National Park, and Teton Pass (elevation 8,431 feet).

• Spectacular vistas and the wonders of Old Faithful, the West Thumb area, Moran, Moose, and Jackson.

• Be prepared for traffic jams due to buffalo, Jackson commuters, and other looky-loos! (More details on pages 38-39).

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The mantra—it’s the journey, not the destination—rings true for any Eastern Idaho adventure.


Organized alphabetically by name of event within the month it takes place.


Out West Sled Fest, Island Park, (208) 558-7755

Snowscapes, Teton Valley, driggssnowscapes.org

Teton Valley SkiJor, Driggs, facebook.com/tetonskijor

Wild West Winterfest, Island Park, (208) 558-7755


American Dog Derby, Ashton, americandogderby.org

Pedigree Sled Stop Race, Driggs, wyomingstagestop.org


Annual Spring Break Away, grandtarghee.com

Klim Frozen Cow Tag Snowbike Ride, Island Park, klim.com/frozen-cow-tag

Paddy’s Day on Park, Idaho Falls, downtownidahofalls.com, (208) 535-0399


Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, St. Anthony, facebook.com/NewCPI/

Crazy Horse Hill Climb Snowmobile Races, grandtarghee.com


Farmers’ Markets, May-October: Driggs, (208) 354-2816, Idaho Falls, (208) 339-3230, Rexburg, (208) 359-3020, St. Anthony

Fisherman’s Breakfast, St. Anthony, (208) 624-4870


Downtown Sounds Outdoor Concert, July-August, Driggs, downtowndriggs.org

Idaho Falls River Concert Series Art Council, June-August

Mountain Brewer’s Beer Fest, Idaho Falls, northamericanbrewers.org

Music on Main, June-August, Victor, tetonvalleyfoundation.org

Teton Dam Marathon, Rexburg, rexburg.org, (208) 359-3020

These are staple events for the region. Please check with local chambers of commerce for the most up-to-date event information.

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Driggs Plein Air Festival, Driggs, downtowndriggs.org

Pioneer Days Celebration, St. Anthony, (208) 624-4870

Shakespeare in the Parks, Driggs, downtowndriggs.org

Teton Valley Balloon Rally, Driggs, tetonvalleyballoonrally.com

Tin Cup Challenge, Driggs, (208) 354-0230, tincupchallenge.org


Mesa Falls Marathon, (208) 652-7771, mesafallsmarathon.com

Pierre’s Hole 50/100 Mile Endurance Mountain Bike Race, grandtarghee.com

Targhee Bluegrass Festival, grandtarghee.com


Idaho Falls Downtown Octoberfest, Idaho falls, downtownidahofalls.com

Sand Dunes Invasion, St. Anthony

Sandhill Crane Festival, Driggs, tetonlandtrust.org

WYDAHO Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival, Driggs, tvtap.org


Boo at the Zoo, at Tautphaus Park Zoo, Idaho Falls, (208) 612-8552

Scarecrow Displays, Driggs and Victor, downtowndriggs.org

Trunk or Treat Street, Ashton, (208) 652-3355


Annual Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, Idaho Falls

Art Idaho, Idaho Falls, (208) 524-7777

Festival of Trees, Idaho Falls

Winter Season Opening Day, Grand Targhee Resort, grandtarghee.com


Idaho Falls Festival of Lights at Freeman Park, Idaho Falls, idahofallsidaho.gov

Midnight Madness and Light Parade, Rigby, (208) 745-8701

Nutcracker Ballet, Idaho Falls, idahofallsarts.org

Rexburg Tree Festival, (208) 359-3030, rexburg.org

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Civitan Plaza Park, Idaho Falls, (208) 535-0399

Victor Holiday Festival & Light Parade, Victor, victorcityidaho.com

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4th of July Celebrations

4th of July Celebration, Ashton, (208) 652-3355

4th of July Celebration, Teton Valley, discovertetonvalley.com

4th of July Celebration, Island Park, islandparkchamber.org

Independence Day Celebration, Rexburg, rexburgchamber.com

Melaleuca Freedom Festival, Idaho Falls, (208) 523-1010

Swan Valley 4th of July Mini Bulls, Bulls, & Bombs, (208) 313-1423

County Fairs

Bonneville County Fair, Idaho Falls, (208) 529-1390

Clark County Fair, Dubois, (208) 374-5405

Eastern Idaho State Fair, Blackfoot, (208) 785-2480

Fremont County Fair, St. Anthony, (208) 624-3102

Jefferson County Fair, Rigby, (208) 745-6685

West Jefferson County Fair, Mud Lake, (208) 745-6685

Madison County Fair, Rexburg, (208) 356-3191

Teton County Fair, Driggs, (208) 354-2961


Clark County Rodeo, Dubois, (208) 374-5808

Stampede Days, Rigby, (208) 745-8701

Teton Valley Rodeo, Driggs, (208) 354-2500

War Bonnet Round Up, Idaho Falls, (208) 612-8480

Whoopee Days Rodeo, Rexburg, (208) 317-2238

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Keepin’ It Local

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Idaho Falls

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Hit the town, catch a show, cheer on hockey pros —do it all and more in Idaho Falls! From baseball games, and a celebrated zoo and museum to local shops and restaurants throughout downtown, it’s no wonder Idaho Falls has firmly secured its spot on the must-visit Idaho destinations map. The region’s largest city, Idaho Falls has grown quickly—it now boasts more than 60,000 residents—and is the cultural hub of Eastern Idaho.

Idaho Falls truly has arrived. The city’s cutting-edge entertainment, vibrant downtown, and ample outdoor fun combine the best of the West with everything else you’d expect in a growing metropolis. With its museums, exciting outdoor adventures, delicious dining, and family-friendly amenities, all within a few hours of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, it is no surprise the bustling hub of Idaho Falls was named one of the “Top 100 Cities” in the U.S. in a 2019 survey from CNN, while another from AARP named it a top city to call home. And after nearly a decade of watching this highly anticipated event center come to life, the Mountain America Center is now open! The 48,000-square-feet, multi-purpose facility located at Snake River Landing, just south of Idaho Falls and immediately adjacent to Interstate 15, welcomes national acts, conventions, trade shows and business expos; ice hockey, rodeo, basketball and volleyball tournaments, and indoor soccer; and a variety of music and family entertainment events, such as Cirque de Soleil and Disney on Ice. The list of things to do in Idaho Falls just got longer.

Whether for business, pleasure, or the basecamp for your national park adventure, Idaho Falls is a place worth exploring. See the city like a local and stroll downtown where breweries, restaurants, and unique mom and pop shops line the scenic streets. Arts and cultural amenities are a plenty throughout the city. A vintage theater restored to its original glory, a noteworthy museum, art centers and galleries, dance studios, restaurants, shops, even the public library—all of this and more is within just a few blocks in the Idaho Falls Cultural District in historic downtown Idaho Falls. Set against the scenic Snake River, the cultural district has attracted kudos nationally. Catch a show at the Willard Arts Center and Colonial Theater where nationally known acts from musicians like Lyle Lovett and renowned plays pack the calendar. Nearby galleries include the Willowtree Gallery and Elegance in Art. ARTitorium on Broadway is a technologydriven interactive arts center for youth. The Museum of Idaho

is an anchoring part of the state’s story and a visitor favorite. Enjoy permanent Idaho displays as well as several different traveling exhibitions every year. It is the place where adventure begins, and Idaho history comes alive! The family-focused fun doesn’t stop there. Delight with wild animal sightings and otherworldly ocean wonders at Idaho Fall’s Zoo at Tautphaus Park or the East Idaho Aquarium. The aquarium is the newest addition to the area, bringing the wonders of the oceans, rivers, and streams to Eastern Idaho. Discover starfish, sharks, and even water-loving tropical birds inside this underwater adventure.

Check everyone off your souvenir list with shopping galore. You’ll discover everything from malls with national brands to small family-owned shops with one-of-a-kind finds. The city is the regional shopping center for the entire area, from West Yellowstone, Montana, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Okay, sports fans! Are you ready for a vacation stacked with edge-of-your-seat jaw-dropping excitement? Pick your flavor. Are you a hockey fanatic, a baseball diehard, or both? Idaho Falls has you covered. For more than a century, Eastern Idahoans have enjoyed the sport of baseball, starting with locally owned teams in the early 1900s and moving into “farm club” status in 1955. Today, June through September, we root for the Idaho Falls Chukars, a minor-league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and part of the Pioneer League. Order up a hot dog and cold drink, and head out to the ball game. The Chukars home stadium, Melaleuca Field, was first used in the 2007 season and houses 3,400 seats and a natural-grass playing surface. A night at the ballpark is plenty of fun for everyone, with frequent promotions sponsored by local and regional companies.

Now, Idaho Falls is also the home of The Idaho Falls Spud Kings, the newest franchise in the United States Premier Hockey League’s Tier 3 Mountain Division. The Spud Kings home stadium is the Hero Arena, part of the Mountain America Center in Snake River Landing. Just after one season, the Spud Kings are already known for their unmatched experience in Junior Hockey, with a 4,100 seat arena, complete with state of the art video board and ribbon boards, over 2,000 season ticket holders, invested corporate partners, and other fan experiences. The team kicked off their season to excited hockey fans from all over in December 2022 and are sure to become an anchoring part of the Idaho Falls experience. Hit the ice and cheer on the Spud Kings!


From historic relics to modern art and everything in between, Idaho Falls is teeming with a thriving arts district and ample opportunities to explore, experience, and take in the cultural attractions. A favorite of visitors and locals, the Museum of Idaho has permanent Idaho displays as well as several different traveling exhibitions every year. Since 2003, the museum has hosted more than thirty world-class traveling exhibits exploring everything from dinosaurs to human bodies. Discover the human and environmental story of Idaho and the West beginning from its first inhabitants through today in the museum’s flagship exhibit, Way Out West, which covers the story of our unique region. Perfect for kids and families, the Marie Putnam Discovery Room features climbing, a settler’s cabin, puzzles, books, and experiments all in one place.

Located next to the Snake River on Broadway, the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho serves as an anchor of the Idaho Falls Cultural District. It features five galleries of display space for a permanent collection and excellent traveling exhibits, as well as a children’s interactive art learning area, an art classroom and workshop space, and a museum store. “Eternal Momentum,” the sculpture out front, was created by Idaho artist Mark Stasz.

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Adventure meets big-city culture; the only question you’ll need to answer is where to begin.

Downtown Idaho Falls is the cultural hub of the city with restaurants like The SnakeBite Restaurant and the Celt Irish Restaurant Pub & Grill and coffee shops and bakeries like City Bagels & Bakery inviting visitors to sit, sip, and stay awhile.

Stroll along the Idaho Falls River Walk in the heart of the city, stock up on homegrown goodness at the summer farmers market, and hit locally owned shops for a day well-spent in downtown.
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More than 400 animals—Idaho’s largest collection (and its most diverse)—can be found in Idaho Falls, at the city-operated Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park. Representing six continents, the animals include rare species like snow leopards, African penguins, and red pandas, as well as zoo favorites like wallaby, gibbons, camels, and lions. Natural-habitat exhibits include Asian Adventure, Land Down Under, and Primate Discovery Center. Other highlights are the noisy and colorful selection of South American birds encountered in a walk-through aviary, and the entertaining Animal Encounters Wild Animal Show. At the Children’s Zoo, kids can pat a donkey or feed a pygmy goat.

The zoo includes ADA-accessible access through its beautifully landscaped grounds and hosts a number of special events, including Earth Day, Dr. Doolittle Day, Enrichment Day, and Boo at the Zoo, as well as offering a wide variety of educational opportunities.

The zoo is also a favorite spot to celebrate birthdays, meet for a family reunion, or adopt an animal and help care for a critter. The zoo, food service, and gift shop are open from mid-April through September. Other family-fun activities at the zoo are the Funland Amusement Park and a skate park.


Located just 40 miles away in Pingree, the Butterfly Haven is Idaho’s largest butterfly house and a fun spring and summer day trip from Idaho Falls. A dream turned reality run by Karen and Randy Reed, the Butterfly Haven houses stunning and colorful butterflies like monarchs, buckeyes, painted ladies, and so many more inside a lovely greenhouse space. The Butterfly Haven educates visitors on the importance of butterflies, as well as bees to pollinate nearly 75 percent of all flowering plants. Don’t miss this truly unique and peaceful experience.


Idaho Falls is your gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national park. But you don’t have to head out of town just yet to enjoy outdoor adventure sure to delight the entire family. Idaho Falls has 39 parks throughout the city and is home to the Idaho Vietnam Memorial. Challenging golf courses with reasonable greens fees beckon golfers to one of the three championship courses and a six-hole short course. Come winter, many courses offer cross-country skiing on beautifully groomed tracks.

If you believe “there’s nothing like a cold sheet of ice to keep a child out of hot water,” then you’ll want to know about Idaho Falls’ ice-skating rink: Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena, by the zoo in Tautphaus Park.

Budding anglers can head to Ryder Park where two fishing ponds are open to the public and perfect for a family fishing experience. Bring the kids to practice casting and catch a trout or two. In the winter, the city streets are a winter wonderland, and the outdoor pursuits happen on snow and ice.


One of the most vibrant parts of Idaho Falls, the Idaho Falls River Walk and Falls is no doubt the heart and soul of the city. Explore the paved trail system that runs for five miles on each side of the Snake River. Stroll, walk, or jog the path and visit the city parks and Historic Downtown along the way, or use the path for easy access to restaurants and shopping. In the summer, don’t miss the farmer’s market or free concerts on Memorial Drive.

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Mountain America Center

Your ticket to top entertainment is waiting in Idaho Falls! Join the fun at Mountain America Center, now open and packing the calendar with fun for all.


After years of anticipation, the Mountain America Center is open and ready for action. Your ticket to fun in Idaho Falls begins here and the Mountain America Center is your gateway for live entertainment! From extreme ice-racing (yes, you read that right!) and the Harlem Globetrotters to Monster Truck shows, nationally renowned musical performances, live standup, and much more, it’s all happening at this stellar event center.

This newest community gem provides 27,000 square feet of event space within Hero Arena, along with an additional 11,000 of meeting space in the Blue Cross of Idaho Conference Center.

The Mountain America Center hosts the Idaho Falls Spud Kings inside the Hero Arena. Sure to delight sports fans of all ages, the Spud Kings are a part of the United States Premier Hockey League Junior A ice hockey franchise.

The space can host a multitude of events with the abil-

ity to seat 6,000 guests. The center plans to welcome over 150,000 visitors through the doors each year and the dedicated staff strives to provide all guests with a unique and unforgettable experience with each visit.

Located inside the Mountain America Center, the Blue Cross of Idaho Conference Center makes it easy to plan and execute an unforgettable event. The tagline says it all: “If you can dream it, we can do it!” This space was designed to host a magnitude of events, boasting the ability to accommodate 650+ patrons in one room. This trailblazing venue has ample room for meeting space, including 2,5000 square-feet of pre-function space to accommodate all types of conferences, banquets, meetings, trade shows, and receptions with on-site parking for your guests. Learn more and check out the calendar of events at mountainamericacenter.com.


Rexburg & St. Anthony

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Enjoy the best of both worlds in Rexburg and St. Anthony. It’s a little bit city and a little bit small town, perfectly combined for a trip you won’t soon forget. Scenic city streets, delicious local restaurants, mom-andpop shops, and amenities galore can be found around every corner in Rexburg. Down the road, rev up your enjoys and explore the great outdoors in St. Anthony where sand dunes, trails, rushing waters, and scenic hikes are waiting to be discovered.

Home to the third-largest university in the state, BYUIdaho, Rexburg combines city activities—thanks to its growing downtown and vibrant campus communities—with small town life and access to outdoors. These two towns are the places for an adventure-packed Eastern Idaho vacation and a quaint getaway all in one trip.

There aren’t many towns where, in one day, you can feed a baby bear and see a ballet. But that’s what Rexburg is all about! Family fun and ample attractions bring visitors no matter the season. Dive into the city’s rich history at the Museum of Rexburg. Explore military and civilian aircrafts and other aviation artifacts at the Legacy Flight Museum. The area around Rexburg claimed a piece of Idaho history in 1976 when the newly built Teton Dam collapsed, sending roaring flood waters onto the unsuspecting valley below. Visit the Teton Flood Museum in Rexburg to relive the event. Reach new heights on a day spent at the Gravity Factory, which features 25,000 square feet of trampolines, ninja warrior courses, and fun for all. Cool off at the Rexburg Rapids Water Park.

Tour the Rexburg Idaho Temple Grounds of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a striking landmark adjacent to campus and visible for miles along U.S. Highway 20. The public garden area is the perfect spot for a quiet stroll or moment of reflection. A unique attraction located just south of Rexburg— Yellowstone Bear World, the Greater Yellowstone’s only drivethrough wildlife preserve—let’s you see wildlife up close.

A short fifteen-minute drive away on U.S. Highway 20, your journey resumes at the best “living sand dunes” in the Intermountain West near the small town of St. Anthony. With 10,600 acres of clear, shifting, white quartz sand, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes are the perfect place to spend the day enjoying the unparalleled thrills and excitement of riding in an ATV.

There’s so much to see and do in Rexburg and St. Anthony. Whether an art lover, adrenaline seeker, or history buff, you are sure to be delighted by these favorites. But no matter where your trip takes you, you’re bound to leave ready for more!


Talent and community have always been a winning combination at Brigham Young University-Idaho. This four-year school enrolls nearly 20,000 students, hailing from all 50 states and 60 foreign countries, ready to realize their potential and launch their careers. The 400-acre campus offers many cultural opportunities, including a planetarium, demonstration gardens, art exhibits, and more.

Music, drama, and dance productions are presented by both students and touring companies at BYU-Idaho. The Center Stage Performing Arts Series features concerts and entertainment for BYU-Idaho students, residents of Rexburg and surrounding communities, and visitors. For tickets or information on the series, visit byui.edu/center-stage.

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Rexburg is teeming with historical wonders, both cultural and natural. A longstanding favorite, the Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra, sometimes called the Rexburg Symphony, is a musical delight. This 90-piece, city-run orchestra performs at the historic Tabernacle Civic Center in Rexburg that is worth a visit in and of itself. The Italianate Romanesque-style Rexburg Tabernacle, finished in 1911 at a cost of only $33,000, was designed to seat 1,400 faithful Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints churchgoers. Fully restored after sustaining major damage during the Teton Dam Flood, it’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the Tabernacle is owned by the city and plays host to a number of special events, the Teton Flood Museum, and a massive pipe organ.

Rexburg has something sure to peak the interest of all history buffs. Don’t miss the Legacy Flight Museum that offers visitors the chance to get up close to some of the machines that have served our country, including several “Mustangs,” a rare King Cobra, and many other military planes. The museum is full of both antique and modern airplanes. Not to mention, all of the planes are airworthy! (Goose and Maverick would no doubt approve!) Open Monday through Saturday in summer and Saturdays only in winter, let intrigue take flight at this stellar spot.

A sight to see and a story to match, the Civil Defense Caves get their name from the Cold War era when the natural tubes

were seen as a potential civil defense advantage for storage, bomb shelters, military prisons, and more. The large tubes formed from lava that snaked underground for thousands of feet. No matter the season, they are chilly and often encircled with ice. While the caves were never needed for civil defense, they are an exciting natural wonder to explore. To visit the caves from Rexburg, go north on the Salem Highway about 16.5 miles from the north Rexburg interchange. On the right side of the road you will spot a yellow cairn (pile of rocks) indicating where to turn. When visiting, travel in a vehicle that can handle bumpy roads, bring adequate footwear and clothing, and a flashlight. And remember, leave no trace and leave it better than you found it. Check in with the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce for directions and details prior to setting out.


They don’t call it the Gem State for nothing. Opals found in Clark County rival those found anywhere for their beauty and stability. Spencer, on the Lost Gold Trails Loop, boasts several businesses that specialize in creating jewelry with opals found nearby. Many of these entrepreneurs do their own mining by hand, on decades-old, family-run claims. Spencer Opal Mines and Opal Country Cafe has on-site digging open to the public at its mini-mine; rules regarding tools and eye protection apply.

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The St. Anthony Sand Dunes consists of clear, shifting, white quartz sand. Dunes can reach up to 400 feet high and are constantly moving and changing.

For the thrill of a lifetime, there’s nothing to match racing over the open sands of the St. Anthony Sand Dunes, the ultimate playground for off-road vehicle enthusiasts. This 41,000-acre treasure consists of rolling hills of white sand, with some 10,000 acres open to recreationists of all types—not just ATV and dunebuggy drivers, but motocross bikers, equestrians, campers, and hikers. In fact, thousands enjoy the dunes every year!

The hills were formed when quartz sand found along ancient rivers and lakeshores was deposited here by the prevailing winds; today the sands are still actively shifting. The hills range in height from 200 to 400 feet above the 4,900-foot valley floor. They stretch about 35 miles in length, and from one to five miles in width. In mid-summer, although the sand gets hot, the temperature rarely tops 90 degrees. The dunes gain in size to a certain point, depending on the intensity of the prevailing winds as they creep slowly north. The area is also critical winter range for some 1,500 deer and 2,500 elk. To protect them, some sections are closed to human activity between New Year’s Day and May 1 by the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the dunes.


Green Canyon Hot Springs, operated by the Neibaur family for more than five decades, offers a big pool, small pool, and cold pool along with a snack bar. Fishing, hiking, bicycling, and camping are also available. To visit, head east of Rexburg on ID 33; turn south at mile marker 116. Stay at the adjacent campground for a weekend or sooth your muscles during a winter soak.


Learn, create, and inspire in St. Anthony. A growing artist community, St. Anthony is home to Idaho’s largest visual art maker space, the Idaho Art Lab. The Idaho Art Lab, located at 2355 S. Yellowstone Hwy., is a do-it-yourself makerspace and fabrication lab, fine art and craft supply store, art gallery and artist residency. Enjoy ongoing classes for artists of all ages and mediums, as well as special events. Twice a year the Lab hosts the free, family friendly event, BIG ART EXPO. The Lab fills with demonstrating artists with some offering make-and-takes for you. BIG ART EXPO is the third Saturday of March and September from 2:00pm - 5:00pm.

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The St. Anthony Sand Dunes are a thrill for all types of adventurers. Race through the crystal sand on an ATV or try humanpowered fun on a fat bike or hike.

Yellowstone Bear World

No vacation to Eastern Idaho is complete without an adventure into the wild at Yellowstone Bear World, a drive-thru wildlife park.


Yellowstone Bear World is Idaho’s top wildlife attraction. A drive-thru wildlife park featuring free-roaming animals, including grizzly and black bear, moose, elk, deer, bison, mountain goats, and wolves, that you view from the comfort and safety of your personal vehicle or RV is open spring through fall. Experience Yellowstone’s past with close-up views of these magnificent animals. Bottle-feed bear cubs in the baby-bear exhibit (sign up by phone to make sure you have a spot, as space is limited), or enjoy the petting zoo and on-site amusement rides. For an up-close-and-personal experience, book the Wildlife Excursion where a professional animal keeper gives you and your family an intimate view of Rocky Mountain elk, American bison, black bears, and grizzly bears. Bear World is an adventure you won’t want to miss and has continuously been named Idaho’s top wildlife attraction. It is located five miles south of Rexburg on U.S Highway 20.

Find details, tickets, and more: yellowstonebearworld.com


Don’t miss an afternoon of excitement and fun enjoying the Yellowstone Bear World amusement rides! Designed for children ages three and up, the Circus Train, Huckleberry Bounce, and Bear Affair are a few favorites.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, plan ahead and reserve your space to bottle feed a baby bear cub. You’ll go behind the scenes with a keeper for a first-hand experience to pet, see, and even feed these wonderful wild creatures.

Situated on just over one acre, the Yellowstone Bear World petting zoo features free-roaming barnyard animals like goats, pigs, ducks, geese, and more for a memorable experience for the entire family.

Cap off your visit with a trip to the Three Bears Gift Shop, a bear lovers’ dream store. Recently expanded, take home gifts, clothing, collectibles, toys, huckleberry products, and more.

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Island Park & Ashton

Tucked away along the western edge of Yellowstone National Park, you’ll find two small communities waiting to be explored: Island Park and Ashton. Miles and miles of snowmobile and cross-country trails, world-class trout-filled waters, and old-fashioned small-town appeal are just a few of these towns’ claims to fame. Take in mountain views, rivers, waterfalls, and lush forests as you explore Island Park. You’ll quickly discover why this haven attracts anglers from across the globe with the hope of catching a prize trout. In nearby Ashton, stroll Main Street and head to the Warm River for a day of fun. Ashton is within 60 miles of the entrance to Yellowstone and just 80 miles to Grand Teton National Park.

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Island Park sits almost 30 miles north of Ashton in a natural wonder all its own. Did you know Island Park is located in the world’s largest caldera? Some 23 miles in diameter, this site was created from a prehistoric collapsed volcano. What remains is a lush, forested landscape and its neighboring quaint town, offering the perfect stop for travelers seeking a serene getaway or a heart-pounding adventure. Travelers to Island Park relish in easy access to Yellowstone, while still accessing delectable restaurants, comfortable lodging, and amenities without the crowds.

Island Park is a snowmobiler’s paradise, with hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails surrounded by breathtaking scenic views. But that’s not all Island Park has to offer. Adventure lovers will appreciate the wide scope of activities. Bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and crosscountry skiing opportunities are prevalent. The summer offers incredible fishing. The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River originates at the outlet of the famous Henry’s Lake , just under the Continental Divide between Idaho and Montana. This stream is renowned as one of the best fly-fishing areas in the world. Big Springs furnishes year-round water for Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Idaho Fish and Game stocks fish in the river at this point and prohibits fishing within a certain distance of Big Springs. Also located in this area is Johnny Sack’s cabin

The cabin has a visitors center that is open for tours in the summer. A ranch, refuge, and retreat, nearby Harriman State Park provides 25 miles of trails that meander through lush evergreen forests and along riverbanks. Stay overnight in the rustic yurts or at the Ranch Manager’s House for a memorable retreat. Book a guided fly-fishing trip with any of the seasoned outfitters. Plan an adventure you won’t soon forget at High Mountain Adventures, which offers gear, sales, and service. Adventure, relaxation, and scenic wonders await.


With hundreds upon hundreds of miles of groomed trails and even more ungroomed paths and plenty of off-trail riding, there is something for every skill level, family, and horsepower junkie in Yellowstone Teton Territory’s snowmobiling areas of Island Park, Teton Valley (the Big Hole Mountains), Idaho Falls (Bone/Bonneville), Swan Valley and Kilgore. The biggest trail system, however, is found in Island Park, where you can ride right from your lodging/accommodations to the trail system and backcountry areas. Island Park boasts nearly 1,000 miles to ride and explore. The bulk of the trails are located east and south of U.S. 20, the area surrounding Two Top Mountain from Targhee Pass to Moose Creek Plateau. Wherever you travel the trails, you have outstanding intersection markers and are never more than 15 trail miles to the nearest food or gas.

Some of the most spectacular dedicated areas for snowmachining include the area around Cave Falls in Ashton; the entire trail system surrounding Island Park; Mount Two Top-Big


Springs Snowmobile Trail, which runs all the way from outside Island Park to the headwaters of the Henry’s Fork; near Island Park’s Mount Jefferson; and the Mesa Falls area. The opportunities for snowmobiling, however, are unlimited. Seek out any of the knowledgeable guides and outfitters for expertise, tips, or to book a guided trip.

Explore the Eastern Idaho Snowmobile Guide for more trail tips and local favorites celebrated in the region.

Don’t Miss It: Big Springs 10-mile loop. Big Springs is the area where the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River flows at a high volume out of the ground creating its own river. The Big Springs Loop Trail, one of the most popular family-friendly snowmobile trails, is about 10 miles long and loops from Mack’s Inn to Island Park Village with Big Springs representing the eastern tip of the loop.

DID YOU KNOW? Island Park might be known for trophy-sized trout and epic snowmobiling, but the town’s real claim to fame is the world’s longest Main Street. At 36.8-miles, that’s quite the feat for this tiny Idaho town.

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If you like dogs and old-fashioned community fun, this is a wonderful weekend celebration held annually in mid-February. A community event running sporadically since 1917, the Ashton Dog Derby Days has a colorful tradition of activities, including sled-dog races, mutt pulls, weight-dragging competitions, ice sculptures, and hot-and-tasty street food.

The sled-dog races, in 20, 40, 60, and 100-mile options (the longest race goes all the way to the Cascade Corner of Yellowstone), take place over two days. The youngest racers compete in a juniors-only event. Everyone—including kids being pulled down the street, the volunteers who produce the event, even the panting dogs—has a great time. Be sure to bundle up! americandogderby.com


Sure, Ashton might be known for its outdoor fun, but a trip to town wouldn’t be complete without a stroll down Main Street. Make plans to start your day at Shoppe On Main for a cup of fresh espresso or delicious smoothie, then explore the shop. Find gifts, flowers, art, handcrafted jewelry, local treasures, and more made by Ashton and Idaho locals. You are sure to find a souvenir or two for everyone on your list.


Harriman State Park is worthy of exploration no matter the season. But come winter, the state park is one of the region’s Nordic skiing jewels, with 25 miles of groomed classic trails and 11 miles of skate lanes that you can enjoy, plus plenty of territory for exploring on snowshoes. The trails roll along fairly level ground (perfect for novice skiers) and are the place to see many of the hundreds of graceful trumpeter swans that winter here. You might also see other wildlife, such as moose and deer, as you glide through the park’s pristine 11,000 acres.

The parking lot sits 1.25 miles from the main part of the old Railroad Ranch, which makes it accessible yet still remote, and amazingly quiet (no snowmobiles are allowed in the park). Harriman offers limited lodging options: a bunkhouse, a dormitory, the historic Ranch Manager and the Cattle Foreman’s houses, and two family-friendly yurts. Park phone: (208) 5587368, or for reservations, (888) 922-6743, idahostateparks.reserveamerica.com.

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Just 15 miles from downtown Ashton sits a geological masterpiece drawing visitors from all over: Mesa Falls , a gushing curtain of water as tall as a ten-story building. Upper Mesa Falls is even said to resemble Niagara Falls. Its 300-foot width and 114-foot cascade over basalt boulders create an incredibly dramatic scene. Lower Mesa Falls tumbles some 85 feet through its own tight canyon. With easy access, colorful rainbows in the mist, and surrounding forest growth, Lower Mesa Falls provides the perfect photo opportunity. (Every summer, runners flock to the tiny town for the annual Mesa Falls Marathon , a Boston Marathon-qualifier with pristine views adjacent to the flowing waterfalls.) Start your exploration of the majestic waterfall with a visit to the Mesa Falls Visitor Center . From the upper parking lot, head out for a captivating stroll on the Mesa Nature Trail. The one-mile hike meanders through the trees—even more beautiful in the fall!—and ends at the overlook of Lower Mesa Falls. Interpretive stops along the way coordinate with the Visitor Center’s hike brochure. Visit page 12 for tips on viewing these magnificent waterfalls on the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway .

A delight no matter the season, Harriman State Park is one of the region’s Nordic skiing jewels.
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Angler’s Paradise

Island Park is a fishing destination in and of itself. Anglers across the globe recognize the name as the place to catch trophy-sized trout and experience an unforgettable day on the water. Wet your line from the banks of Island Park’s Henry’s Fork or Henry’s Lake or head out with an experienced guide to hunt for trout beneath the surface. There’s a reason this part of Eastern Idaho ranks at the top of nearly all angler’s destination bucket lists. And while they may not tell you their secret spots, the secret is out: Island Park is the place for fishing.


Located north of Island Park, just 15 miles from Yellowstone National Park, Henry’s Lake State Park is one of Idaho’s incredible high-elevation lakes and is famous amongst anglers for its unbelievable trophy trout averaging three to five pounds (some up to seven pounds!). Henry’s Lake is relatively shallow and is spring and tributary fed, which means fish stay low to find their food. The state park is open in summer and fall for fishing, and cutthroat, rainbow-cutthroat, and brook trout are plentiful. The shoreline is mostly private, other than some campsites, so the best way to fish this coveted spot is via watercraft, accessible from boat ramps. Bring the family for a spectacular getaway that’s attractive to the most experienced anglers and the kiddos just getting their feet wet.


The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River flows through Fremont and Madison Counties from the volcanic-made spring created millions of years ago. The river begins near Henry’s Lake at Big Springs and flows through eight sections of prime fishing waters, through two dams, and over 1,000 feet in elevation change. It runs in a southerly direction from Henry’s Lake to its confluence with the South Fork, where these two major tributaries become the Snake River.

The Henry’s Fork meanders through Harriman State Park, flows over Mesa Falls, is interrupted by Island Park Reservoir and Ashton Dam, and is accessible at many convenient put-in spots. Anglers vie to visit these waters during the fall and the famous salmon fly hatch, a dry-fly fisherman’s magnum opus. Seeing hearty brown trout and cutthroat rise to snatch a floating bug is a sight and feeling that will leave you hooked. A myriad of outfitters and seasoned guides are ready and able to show excited anglers the ropes on this world-class river. Teton Valley outfitter WorldCast Anglers refers to this celebrated spot as “Graduate School of Fly-Fishing for PH.D. Trout.” Come May, school is in session.


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Teton Valley Rewards the Curious

There is so much to explore and enjoy year-round in Teton Valley. Our remote, rural valley may take a little extra effort to navigate, but the rewards are great.

Here are a few tips for navigating peak season in Teton Valley, while being a great visitor:

• Be early, for everything. Whether it’s hitting the trail or park or going out to eat, get there early and you’ll be amply rewarded.

• Be self-sufficient. Carry water, snacks, extra clothing, and first aid supplies on your adventures.

• Be prepared. Start at the Geo Center, Forest Service office, and local outdoor shops and load up on maps, guidebooks, and local intel.

• Be patient, kind, and respectful of the people, animals, and ecosystem.

• Drive slowly. As we like to say, you didn’t come here to be in a hurry.

• Seek out local goods and be generous to the hardworking staff.

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National Parks

We’re not called “Yellowstone Teton Territory” for nothing! Eastern Idaho is one of the best ways to enter both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. The first of the national parks, Yellowstone was discovered by Europeans and explored in 1808 by John Colter, formerly of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Native American tribes, however, lived in the area long before early explorers arrived. Today millions of visitors still enjoy this spectacular wilderness. Whether you are a camera buff, a geologist, nature lover, or just a visitor, Yellowstone will weave its spell on you.

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The world’s first national park, Yellowstone truly is like no other place on Earth. Although it sits mostly in Wyoming, there are slivers of the park in both Montana and Idaho.

The eruption of Old Faithful Geyser, the crown jewel of Yellowstone National Park, always draws oohs and ahs as shutterbugs click away furiously to capture blasts of steam that can rise 90 to 180 feet into the air. Old Faithful is not the biggest or most regular geyser in Yellowstone, but it is the biggest regular geyser.

Yellowstone is also home to a diverse population of wildlife, ranging from the largest land-dwelling animal in North America (the bison) to small mammals that barely dot one’s palm. Bison, wolves, grizzly and black bears, golden and bald eagles, elk, moose, deer, and bighorn sheep are just a few of the species that populate this expansive wonderland.

On one curve in the road, you’ll see geysers spouting water and mud pots filled with boiling clay and a sulphurous smell. On the next, you can suddenly have a breathtaking view of snowy peaks or rivers that cascade into powerful waterfalls. Mountain meadows filled with profusions of wildflowers may be the backdrop for elk or deer. Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks offer something for everyone.


Visitors can’t miss the Teton Range. This national park encompasses nine peaks more than 12,000 feet above sea level, including the 13,770-foot-high Grand Teton.

In Grand Teton National Park, stop at the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway with camera handy, because wildlife is abundant. Kayak and canoe rentals provide an opportunity to navigate Jenny Lake, where the jagged peaks of the Tetons reflected in the alpine waters present surreal photo opportunities.

If paddling is not your choice of recreation, Grand Teton National Park is a beloved climbing destination, and hikers and climbers will find an assortment of trails and walls ranging from easy grades for beginners to challenging routes for advanced hikers and mountaineers.

The park consists of only 484 square miles of land and water. The mountains rise, without foothills, to the west of Jackson Hole (and north of the town of Jackson), including the seven summits that make up the often-photographed “Cathedral Group.”

Visitors from around the globe flock here—an estimated 2.5 million per year. They come to take in the sights, climb the mountains, hike the many scenic trails, take photographs of animals, and participate in many other activities available in this historic playground (including horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and fly fishing). (307) 732-0629, nps.gov/grte.

More than anything, this 3,472-square-mile park is still wild, with only a limited number of roads carved into the rugged landscape. The largest grizzly-bear habitat in the lower 48 states, Yellowstone is also home to an innumerable number of other species of mammals and birds.

Traffic jams are fairly common on the park’s mostly two-lane, narrow roadways. This is no place to rush. Leave plenty of time to enjoy the vistas, wet a line, walk the trails, stop at roadsides for a picnic or quick adventure, or take photographs of geysers and mud pots. And remember, this is a place where humans directly encounter nature, whether it’s in the form of wildfire, steam rising from springs heated by underground magma, or the glory of an afternoon rainbow. (307) 344-7311, nps.gov/yell.


Dogsledding, snowcoach rides, cross-country skiing, and more: Winters in Yellowstone offer access to steaming geysers, winter wildlife, and a quiet snowy landscape that’s sure to awe. A majority of the park’s roads are closed to regular traffic, so the best way to experience this winter wonderland is through an outfitter or guide services.

Plan ahead and visit nps.gov for tips and reservations for your snow-filled activities. Yellowstone National Park allows only a limited number of snowmobiles into the park each day; snowmobile access to Grand Teton National Park is also highly regulated, but with different rules.

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State Treasures

It is no secret why Eastern Idaho is highly ranked on any seasoned traveler’s bucket list. Its scenic mountains, geothermal wonders, world-renowned waterways, and endless adventures are unparalleled. Whether to see flowing waterfalls or prized state parks and vast public lands, make plans to explore off the beaten path.

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Throughout this guide, note the variety of state and national treasures dotting the six-county region. The list is long, but these favorites are a great place to start. The bucket list doesn’t stop at the national parks.


An angler’s paradise, Henry’s Lake, one of Idaho’s picturesque high-elevation lakes located north of Island Park, is a great place to drop a line in clear, still waters full of trout. Native Yellowstone cutthroat trout, rainbows, and brown trout reach champion-level sizes in this famous lake. Settle in for a fishing trip of a lifetime or just camp and enjoy the scenery at one of the lakefront campsites along the 6,000-acre lake’s shoreline.


Just outside of Ashton, gaze at the ten-foot-story tall thunderous clouds of gushing water flowing from the Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. Enjoy a one-mile hike to the Lower Mesa Falls that begins from the visitor center’s upper parking lot. Peruse the local flora and fauna as you meander to the scenic overlook.


This wildlife reserve located outside of Island Park is made up of 11,000 acres of natural wonders in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and is home to an abundance of elk, moose, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and the occasional black or grizzly bear. At the turn of the century, Union Pacific Railroad investors owned the land, which served as a cattle ranch for the Harriman and Guggenheim families. In 1977, the park became the recreational treasure it is today, welcoming visitors to enjoy its endless cross-country ski trails in the winter and scenic hiking trails in the summer, as well as fishing, camping, and horseback riding.


The 41,000-acres St. Anthony Sand Dunes consist of rolling hills of white sand, with some 10,000 acres open to recreationists. The area is never the same twice, as the winds shift and form new rolling dunes some 400-feet tall. Quartz sand found along ancient rivers and lakeshores was deposited here by the prevailing winds. The dunes stretch about 35 miles in length and from one to five miles in width.

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Teton Valley

Teton Valley is without a doubt the best of both worlds: Small town charm and rural roots mixed with endless adventure and outdoor fun that attracts visitors from across the globe. Together, you get one of the most activity-packed, stunning, and welcoming communities in Idaho. You can really do and see it all from the three towns of Victor, Driggs, and Tetonia.

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Teton Valley is home to biking for each and every style and preference: mountain biking, gravel grinding, road riding, snow biking—the list goes on! Check out tvtap.org for trail information.

Teton Valley is home to almost any adventure you can dream up. Saddle up for the ski trip of a lifetime in deep, light Teton powder. Find your balance on a stand-up paddleboard, winding down the Teton River. (And be on the lookout for moose and bald eagle sightings!) Biking, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and more; it’s all waiting in Teton Valley. Teton Valley also keeps the calendar packed with nonstop fun year-round. The Downtown Driggs Association is at the helm of a number of local events like the Driggs Plein Air Art Festival, a snow-sculpting competition and jamboree, and a live music series on the City Park stage. Victor rocks the night away eight Thursdays each summer for Music On Main. At these free concerts, thousands flock to Victor City Park to see top talent like Reckless Kelly and Molly Tuttle, enjoy food carts, celebrate the season, and dance with friends and neighbors.


Teton Valley is packed with so much outdoor fun, you will have to make plans to come back again and again to check each activity off your Teton Valley bucket list. All four seasons bring their own special offerings to the mix. Summer is no doubt the sweet season for anglers, bikers, and hikers, but spring and fall are not to be missed offering fewer crowds, vibrant colors, and maybe some spring skiing thrown onto the to-do list.

With endless miles of trails, singletrack, or road routes to choose from no matter the season, bikers are sure to find it all in Teton Valley. On two wheels, hit Big Hole Mountains Forest Service-sanctioned trails. Bike with breathtaking views of the Tetons on Mill Creek or Cold Springs trails in the Teton Range. Explore the Southern Valley Trails, a 66-mile network of beginner and intermediate trails starting at Mike Harris Campground just south of Victor. In the winter, trails are groomed for fat biking and Nordic skiing. At Grand Targhee Resort, explore 2,200 vertical feet of lift-serviced downhill and 70-plus miles of multi-use trails.

Teton Valley has hiking and camping adventures for all levels, from experienced mountaineers looking to reach new heights to enthusiastic families looking for quality time in the wilderness. Take a day trip to Teton Canyon for stunning views in every direction or start at Grand Targhee Resort for access to a plethora of beautiful trails for vibrant flora and fauna. Stop by any local shop like Habitat, Peaked Sports, or Yostmark Mountain Equipment for trail guides and tips from the pros.

Snow lovers flock to Teton Valley during the winter months. The Teton Range is blanketed in a thick layer of light, fluffy powder, and winter recreation is plentiful. Cruise through meadows of groomed cross-country trails that go on for miles and miles. Each winter a devoted group of staff and volunteers from the nonprofit Teton Valley Trails and Pathways grooms multi-use trails in Teton Valley. The newest track at Teton Reserve Golf Course in Victor offers just over four miles of looped track. East of Driggs with stunning views of the Tetons are the Alta trails, which meander for ten kilometers through open farmlands. Teton Canyon is a 13-kilometer out-and-back route through forest in the shadow of the Grand Teton. And you can bring along your dog on the latter two! The Southern Valley Trails located outside of Victor includes Yeti’s Loop Trail, a 3.1 mile loop for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, as well as multiuse trails Nemo and Lady Slipper. Shorter loops are also groomed at Sherman Park in Victor and near the high school in Driggs. More info: (208) 201-1622, tvtap.org

Hockey might be just as synonymous with winter life in Teton Valley as skiing and snowboarding. Try your hand skating on ice at Kotler Ice Arena south of Victor, operated by the Teton Valley Foundation. This local hotspot is home to the celebrated Friday Night Ice featuring music and public skating, and weekend hockey tournaments that are a treat for sports fans. Learn more by calling (208) 399-2423 or visit tetonvalleyfoundation.org

Find rentals, outfitters, and guides at Yellowstoneteton.org.

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Teton Valley is quickly becoming a destination for more than just outdoor fun. Try delicious restaurants to satisfy nearly all tastes, visit exciting art galleries, and enjoy a calendar of must-see cultural events like Downtown Driggs Association’s Plein Air Festival and the newest edition, the Teton Valley Fall Arts Festival.


From unique dining and eclectic local breweries to celebrated events and festivals, the arts, culture, and dining scene in Teton Valley is worth the trip alone! Dive into the foodie side of the valley with a stop at some of the local favorites. Start by quenching your thirst with a brew from the award-winning Grand Teton Brewing. Located in Victor, the brewery offers tours that let you see how favorites like 208 or Sweetgrass are concocted. On Main Street, enjoy a craft beer or wines by the glass for apres ski or happy hour at the newest hotspot favorite, Refuge Taphouse. Sample local cider and stick around for bingo night at Highpoint Cider off Lupine Lane. Across the valley just north of Driggs, Grand Teton Distillery—where the famous Idaho potato vodka is made—is also open for tours and tastings.

For something a little sweeter, look no further than the valley’s expert milkshake makers for a world-famous—at least in local’s eyes—huckleberry shake. These tart local berries are mixed to perfection with creamy vanilla ice cream for a sweet and tangy treat. Slurp down a huckleberry milkshake or other favorite flavors at Victor Emporium or Driggs’ Corner Drug.

Each of the three towns that make up Teton Valley have their own flair and charm. Stroll Main Street and pop into side streets where freshly baked pastries and fresh-brewed coffee, wood-fired pizza, gourmet burgers, and more are waiting to satiate your appetite and fuel your adventure.

Art enthusiasts will enjoy a stop at the vibrant communities in Teton Valley. Downtown Driggs Association keeps the calendar packed with artisan fairs, nationally known plein air events, outdoor concerts, and so much more, all charged with fostering a thriving and vibrant Downtown Driggs. In the summer, catch the First Friday Art Walks that showcase local makers and artists both at the City Center and a variety of local shops throughout town.

Music lovers can take their pick of pickers, players, and singer songwriters to enjoy. The Tetonia Club offers a stacked calendar of local and regional talent. Downtown Sounds outdoor concert series in Driggs keeps the music playing on Main Street throughout the summer and Victor’s Music on Main is a must-see for any summer getaway. Art galleries, a sandhill crane festival, vibrant farmers markets, and more: cultural fun and family fun is never in short supply.

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Grand Targhee Resort

Situated in Alta, Wyoming, a mountain of activities is waiting at Grand Targhee Resort, ranging from untracked runs and epic powder days to endless mountain biking trails and hikes filled with views of stunning wildflowers.

Grand Targhee is a year-round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible through Teton Valley, Idaho. Surrounded by spectacular Teton views and national forest land, Grand Targhee is an intimate getaway for adventure-seekers. In the summer visitors enjoy miles of lift-accessed hiking, running, and mountain-biking trails, renowned music festivals, and a variety of activities in a pristine high-alpine environment. In the winter, snow lovers flock to the resort for nonstop skiing and snowboarding. A leader in environmental resort practices, Grand Targhee Resort has twice been honored with the prestigious Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence. For more information on these efforts and more, visit grandtarghee.com


During the winter, the abundance of light powder snow— averaging 500 inches annually—and virtual lack of lift lines make Grand Targhee Resort an uncrowded skier and snowboarder paradise that is recognized for its genuine Western hospitality,

scenic beauty, and excellent value. And the powder days at the ‘Ghee just got a little bit more epic. Grand Targhee Resort kicked off the 2023 winter season with a brand-new lift that opens 600 acres to skiers and riders. The Colter Lift on Peaked Mountain will transport up to 2,000 people per hour, gain 1,815 vertical feet in just over five minutes, and provide access to 30 percent more skiing and riding with the addition of the new terrain. The lift is aptly named after John Colter of the Lewis and Clark expedition who famously explored the Greater Yellowstone region. Opening these additional acres, which used to only be accessible with cat skiing or by hiking when the gates were open, gives skiers and riders access to more epic terrain and even more room to explore what makes Grand Targhee so special.


Swan Valley

Located just over Pine Creek

Pass from Victor sits the not-so-sleepy town of Swan Valley. This outdoorsman’s mecca is worthy of much more than just a pass through. Situated along the banks of the South Fork of the Snake River, Swan Valley and nearby Irwin are celebrated as one of the best fly-fishing destinations in the United States. The scenery might be as captivating as the trophy trout.

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This adventure hub is a valley for all seasons and year-round outdoor activities are a magnet for sportsmen and adventurers. Hunting, fishing, floating, camping, hiking, bird watching— you name it, you can likely enjoy it in or around Swan Valley, no matter your age! Resort-style accommodations at nearby Lodge at Palisades Creek and South Fork Lodge and Outfitters and a variety of amenities are available to meet the needs of tourists, trail riders, and outdoor recreationists.

Launch your boat from the Palisades Dam and enjoy a float downstream or find a hidden beach away from the crowds, where you can paddle board or kayak, fly fishing rod not required. Afterward, stop for lunch and a cold brew at the local’s favorite, Snake River Roadhouse Restaurant



After a day exploring the outdoors or soaking up the sights, nothing quite hits the spot like an ice-cold, creamy scoop of ice cream. Swan Valley’s Rainey Creek Country Store raised the icecream-bar, however, and are dishing out their creamy delights in square shape. On any given day—even when the snow falls!—patrons flock to the corner store located in the heart of town for a square scoop of their favorite flavor. Above the countertop, take a moment to check out the records for the most customers on any given day. On the Fourth of July, these ice cream gurus serve more than 15,000 scoops.


You’ve likely heard anglers regal at just how amazing a day spent casting a line on the Snake River truly can be. And the South Fork of the Snake, located in Swan Valley, just might beat it all. Waters that bubble from the ground or fall on the alpine slopes of Greater Yellowstone end up in the South Fork of the Snake River. Exiting from Palisades Dam, the Snake River flows through lush and scenic cottonwood bottom lands abounding with wildlife, including great blue herons, Canada geese, and osprey. Attractions include a scenic river drive, a sizable fishery, and 126 species of birds, including a large bald eagle population.

There’s no better way to experience a day on the South Fork than led by the experienced guides that make up some of the most celebrated outfitters in the country. Peruse Yellowstone Teton Territory’s Hunting & Fishing Guide for a full list of outfitters or visit the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association (ioga. org). The Lodge at Palisades Creek, a premiere, Orvis-endorsed Snake River fishing lodge, offers lodging, guided fishing, and more. WorldCast Anglers offers guided trips, as well as the celebrated overnight fly-fishing adventure known as the South Fork Hilton Overnight. No matter your adventure of choice, you’re in for the fishing experience of a lifetime—and hopefully the catch of a lifetime, as well!

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A community on the rise, Swan Valley is growing!
If you’ve been to the area before, you might not recognize its new look. A new grocery and more have popped up over the years, adding even more amenities for residents and visitors.

How to explore: Several campgrounds and boat launch areas are located along Highway 26. The Palisades Reservoir and the South Fork of the Snake River provide the angler some of the most outstanding native cutthroat fishing in the West. It’s also a popular spot for whitewater enthusiasts providing wild and scenic high-powered excitement. Local fly fishing and whitewater outfitters offer guided trips so you can experience the South Fork with the experts.


On a float, scenic drive, or hike in Swan Valley, be on the lookout for wildlife. Keep your eyes to the skies for a bald eagle soaring above or an osprey tending to its nest. Birding enthusiasts will delight in the endless raptors, swans, and unique bird species dotting the region. You might see mergansers, mountain bluebirds, sandhill cranes, and great blue herons. This pristine valley is also part of the Yellowstone ecosystem, which is home to the largest elk and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herds in the country. Numerous white tail and mule deer, moose, bear, mountain lions, and some mountain goats also populate the region.


Located just east of Swan Valley, about 40 miles southeast of Idaho Falls, Upper and Lower Palisade lakes are scenic and accessible by hiking trails only. The six-mile trail is in good condition and can be used for hikers, backpackers, bikers, or horses. Some moose frequent the area. Lower Palisades Lake is much smaller than Upper Palisades, which is about two miles further up the trail. The Upper Palisades Lake is in a beautiful valley surrounded by forest and is a favorite spot for camping. Both lakes and Palisades Creek are stocked with native cutthroat trout and provide good fishing. Wildlife viewing along the trails is a good possibility.

Experienced guides in the area offer fishing and scenic tours on the Palisades Reservoir, which extends from Palisades Dam 22 miles east to Alpine, Wyoming. The reservoir is in the Snake River Range of the Rocky Mountains and is a beautiful setting where wildlife thrives. The lake is 16,000 acres and is located on Highway 26. Vacationers will find nine campgrounds containing 181 family units. Boat-launching ramps are located at convenient points along the reservoir at Blowout, Calamity, Indian Creek, Little Elk Creek, McCoy, and Upper Bear Creek. All have boat docks and campgrounds except Upper Bear Creek.

Palisades Reservoir is ideal for water skiing in the summer and features many picnic spots and boat docks. In the warmer months, water sports enthusiasts take to the lake. Motorized and non-motorized boating is allowed on the reservoir. Bring the entire family and make your own wake for some Idaho-style water skiing and wake boarding!

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Ririe & Rigby

You never know what exciting activities and historical wonders are tucked away off the beaten path. Take the small towns of Ririe and Rigby. Rigby is a charming agricultural community with surprising history waiting to be shared. Nearby in Ririe, geothermal hot springs, family fun for all ages, and unbeatable landscapes are waiting to be discovered.

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With just under 1,000 residents, Ririe is an agricultural hub with long-standing farms that helped form the backbone of Idaho’s rich farming heritage. It’s also an adventure hub with ample outdoor and family fun that attracts visitors to its campgrounds, recreation areas, rivers, and more. The nearby Heise Recreation Area is a must-visit spot. Catch a show, soak in the soothing hot springs, munch a slice of pizza, hit the slopes, and so much more. Not to mention, it’s the home of one of Idaho’s favorite resorts: Kelly Canyon Resort where skiing, snowboarding, and biking top the to-do list. The nearby small city of Rigby was founded by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1884 and incorporated in 1903. Residents and visitors delight in strolling the picture-perfect Main Street, playing a round of golf at nearby courses, or traveling back in time at the Farnsworth TV and Pioneer Museum. (Rigby is the birthplace of the television!)


Here in Eastern Idaho, we know how to have fun in the mountains. Come experiences the best skiing Idaho has to offer topped off with a mom-and-pop feel you can’t replicate anywhere else. Kelly Canyon Resort started in 1957 by a group of farmers and ranchers inspired by a visit to nearby Sun Valley. Kelly Canyon Resort offers 26 runs spread across 640 skiable acres nine miles north of Ririe. The resort’s summit elevation is 6,600 feet, rising from a base of 5,600 feet: Four double chairs and two rope tows offer a lift capacity of 3,400 skiers per hour. All major runs are lit for night skiing, and a new 600-foot tubing park offers more fun for all ages.

Kelly Canyon’s annual average snowfall of 200 inches means its season usually ends in March, but its convenient location (off ID 26) and bountiful amenities—including on-site rentals and lessons, groomed cross-country trails, a cafeteria, and private meeting rooms for rent—make it a major draw for families and skiing groups. And now the resort has its own snow-making capabilities to ensure the lifts get turning and the mountain is covered in powder as early as Thanksgiving.

The fun doesn’t end when the snow melts. Patrons can now enjoy dirt in addition to powder. Kelly Canyon opened its bike park in 2020 with lift-serviced downhill biking, as well as crosscountry trails. Make plans to enjoy this mom-and-pop resort for summer and winter!

Ririe is home to activities galore anchored by the Heise Recreation Area. If you haven’t brought the family down for a camping weekend featuring the best pizza, golf, slides, hot springs, ziplines, and scenic views: you’re in for a treat! Bring the RV or pitch a tent at the Heise Recreation Area for a weekend full of down-home family fun for kids and kids at heart. Get your adrenaline pumping as you soar above rock cliffs on the Heise Zip. You will also learn about the history of Heise and enjoy the beautiful mountains, while gazing down at the valley and river below.

After a busy day at the pool, riding on the zipline, or playing a round on the nine-hole golf course, what could be better than enjoying a great pizza at Heise Pizza Parlor? Come sit on the deck and watch the golfers, or step inside and listen to some music. In the winter, the Heise Pizza Parlor is where you will want to be after soaking in the hot pool. Sit by the cozy wood fire and have your favorite pizza or choose from a variety of other delicious items on the menu. 7N Ranch, adjacent to Heise, provides afterlunch recreation with its bike park, driving range, and mini-golf course. Kayak and float tube rentals are available for those who want to frolic in the waters of the South Fork, while those who enjoy exploring the trails and surrounding terrain can rent an ATV or a mountain bike.


Formed by the Ririe Dam, Ririe Reservoir is home to water sports, camping, fishing, and family fun for all in this 1,500-acre reservoir with 32 miles of shoreline. Drop a line from late May through November and hook rainbow, brown, or even cutthroat trout. Take out a boat and do some Idaho-style wakeboarding and waterskiing. Bring the boat, pack a picnic, and enjoy amenities like restrooms, boat ramp and dock, campground, swimming, and nearby visitor center.


Ririe and Rigby are known for their slower way of life and historical favorites that are just the way mom and dad remember it. Enjoy some throwback family fun or make a new memory at Mountain River Ranch. Located 18 miles northeast of Idaho Falls in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of Eastern Idaho, the ranch offers a 64-space RV park with plenty of shade and grass along with convenient restrooms and showers for summer camping. If you are looking for more of an Old West experience, stay in one of the cabins, rustic rooms, or even a teepee or wagon. Dinner shows are held every Friday and Saturday evenings. Shows include a Wild West shoot-out, horse-drawn wagon rides, dinner, and a lively musical variety show. In the winter, Mountain River Ranch offers traditional sleigh ride dinner shows.

Take a step back in time at the Jefferson County Historical Museum (also known as the Farnsworth TV and Pioneer Museum). The museum fills 14,000 square feet with exhibitions of the pre-electric and early electric era, the history of Jefferson County, early photography, and a profile of Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television. Explore the colorful past of Eastern Idaho with a captivating display of the first television tube. Learn more about Native American tribes known to the region. For a special treat, enjoy a look at the life of local writer Vardis Fisher, the author of Mountain Man, which was made into Robert Redford’s acclaimed film “Jeremiah Johnson.”

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Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife

Experience the great outdoors. Eastern Idaho is rooted in respect and reverence for the land, agricultural roots, and Western heritage. A part of Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s region six known as the Upper Snake Region, the area contains incredibly diverse landscapes from high elevation sagebrush deserts and sand dunes to mountain peaks more than 12,000 feet tall. While you plan your escape to this rustic and pastoral region, make sure to educate yourself on the rules and regulations in place to protect our wildlife and resources. While you’re here, enjoy it to the fullest! But know before you go. And, as always, leave it better than how you found it.

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They say that, when it comes to hunting, it is just as much about the journey as it is the outcome. And in Eastern Idaho, the journey is laden with some pretty top-notch terrain just waiting for unforgettable memories to be made. The six-county region offers some of the best and most varied hunting in the West, including hunting for trophy species like moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat, to the more numerous mule and white-tailed deer, elk, and pronghorn antelope. You can also hunt black bear and mountain lion, along with badger, fox, raccoon, and bobcat.

As with all regions throughout the state, dates of hunts and types of weapons allowed are strictly controlled. Detailed information about rules and regulations is available at idfg.idaho.gov. There, you can purchase licenses and tags, which are also available at nearly 60 retail locations, including some sporting goods stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.

A wide variety of hunting outfitters operate in the region as well. Search by number of unit at the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association (ioga.org). A full directory is also available online from the Outfitters Guides and Licensing Board (oglb.idaho.gov). Idaho Fish and Game offers an interactive Idaho Hunt Planner online. The planner provides information on regulations, seasons, drawing odds, harvest statistics, maps, and hunt boundaries, all in one location. Or, visit yellowstoneteton.org and download our Hunting and Fishing Guide.


Backcountry camping sites may be close to the homes of black bears and sometimes even grizzlies. Keep your camp clean of food and debris that would attract bears. Choose a spot near a meat pole or food locker, and use it to store all food. More info about bear safety and any other wildlife questions is available from local land management agencies:

Caribou-Targhee National Forest (208) 524-7500, fs.usda.gov/ctnf

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (208) 525-7121, parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

Idaho Fish and Game 1-800-ASK FISH (554-8685), or (208) 525-7290, idfg.idaho.gov

Idaho State Parks Reservations (888) 922-6743, parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/camping National Park Service nps.gov

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (208) 523-1012, blm.gov/id


As part of the arid Rockies, Eastern Idaho can boast some of the best waterways anywhere for fly fishing, boating, floating, canoeing, and other water sports. Ample resources abound—there are plenty of fish, clean rivers, and gorgeous vistas—as well as the people to assist you in enjoying them. Online and in person, check with knowledgeable outdoor shops, licensed vendors, fishing lodges, guides, and outfitters. As they say about real estate, it’s all “location, location, location.” Come play with us on the water!


Anglers from across the world come to Yellowstone Teton Territory to drop their lines in our lakes and waterways. Some of our sites are legendary, and have been repeatedly covered in national and international fishing publications—the Henry’s Fork and the South Fork of the Snake River, for example.

The South Fork of the Snake, which runs from Palisades Reservoir northwest to meet the Henry’s Fork, offers 65 miles of pristine river, where the average flows are about 10,000 cubic feet per second. A variety of wildlife from raptors to deer, can be spotted from the river. Another highlight is Fall Creek Falls, where Fall Creek empties in dramatic fashion into the South Fork of the Snake River in Swan Valley. Different guides and outfitters prefer particular stretches of this world-famous waterway, and some have private access points. Although the South Fork is extremely popular, locals regularly claim that “there’s space and fish for all.”

The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River runs in a southerly direction from Henry’s Lake to its confluence with the South Fork, where these two major tributaries become the Snake River. The Henry’s Fork meanders through Harriman State Park, flows over Mesa Falls, is interrupted by Island Park Reservoir and Ashton Dam, and is accessible at many convenient put-in spots.

While these two rivers are the region’s superstars, other bodies of water also enjoy well-deserved acclaim and offer perfect spots to be enjoyed by families. The Teton River is a 64-mile-long tributary of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River that runs through Teton Valley and the Snake River Plain. It is a favorite for fishing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. One of the largest dammed lakes in Idaho, Palisades Reservoir just outside of Swan Valley offers a great observation point, 70 miles of shoreline, and endless opportunities for fishing or just enjoying the water.

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Every season brings its own fishing draw. The spring and summer bring anglers from across the globe searching for the trout of a lifetime. But the cooler months are a delight all their own. Winter brings freezing temps and unique opportunities for ice fishing. Head to Ririe Reservoir east of Idaho Falls for trout, kokanee, perch, walleye, and other species. Idaho Fish and Game recommends at least three to four inches of solid ice at minimum to support one angler, more for groups. Call any of the local guide shops for advice and tips—visit our Membership Directory (page 60) for some of the region’s finest outfitters.

When summer turns to fall and the cool air sets in, the South Fork is one of the best-kept secrets in fly fishing. The rivers are less crowded and the fish, particularly spawning brown trout, reach gargantuan sizes. Watch for bald eagles and moose from your boat as you cast a line and take in the changing seasons.


• The Upper Snake Region has its own general and special rules for fishing; see more at idfg.idaho.gov. Idaho’s Fishing Seasons and Rules brochure is available at idfg.idaho.gov/cms/rules/

• State fishing licenses are required of both residents and nonresidents. For complete information about licenses, tags, permits, and fees (for fishing and hunting), see idfg.gov/licenses

• Waterway accesses are, in general, marked with signs on major roadways. Larger bodies of water have multiple boat ramps at convenient locations.

• Parking may be limited and/or unpaved at boat ramps. Some require fees.

• Be sure to follow all signage on lakes and rivers, particularly regarding closures due to waterfalls, shallow areas, and rapid waters.

• Boat ramp conditions can vary. The nearly 20 ramps operated by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest on the Ashton-Island Park and Palisades Ranger Districts all include restrooms.

• In some places, such as on Palisades Reservoir and at the Roberts Gravel Pond, you can fish year-round, and ice fishing is a popular local sport. Always check for stability and strength of ice before heading out.

Check with area guides and outfitters for more information. More at yellowstoneteton.org.

NATURE SIGHTINGS: Birds and Blooms

The entire Yellowstone Teton Territory sits along the Pacific Flyway in the Southeast Region of the Idaho Birding Trail (designated by Idaho Fish and Game). Literally thousands of migrating birds begin to fill our skies in March and April.

Excellent spots to birdwatch—besides the national wildlife refuges and state wildlife management areas—are detailed on the Idaho Birding Trail website (idfg.idaho.gov/ibt).

Who doesn’t love the sight of colorful wildflowers? Luckily, our backcountry is verdant, with wildflowers growing along virtually every trail in Eastern Idaho! Mid- to late summer—late July and August—is the best time for wildflowers, as high-mountain flora need snow to melt and temperatures to rise before bursting into bloom.

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Eastern Idaho boasts a huge variety of campgrounds, from the most remote hike-in-only spots to those of the sleep-in-your-car variety. While some are privately maintained, many are managed by various federal and state agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of State Parks and Recreation, and others.

Each specific campground has its own fees, rules, and schedule. In general, plan to carry out your own trash and conserve water. Some areas are available weather-permitting only. Services are generally limited, so plan ahead. Electricity is sometimes available for an extra charge.

In some places, reservations are required; check with the specific location before you go. Camp capacities can be easily exceeded on many weekends. If you want a specific camping spot (and a reservations system is not available for your destination), arrive early in the day. Some favorite camping spots include Twin Bridges Park (off the Archer Highway near Ririe, on an island between two forks of the Snake River); St. Anthony Sand Dunes; and Beaver Dick County Park (west of Rexburg on ID 33 alongside the Henry’s Fork).

Eastern Idaho is especially beautiful during the fall, with frostycold nights and the foliage of aspen and other trees turning into warm shades of gold and red. Look for fabulous autumn colors along all of our scenic byways, in creek and river bottoms, and in foothill areas near the Beaverhead Mountains and the Teton Range. Campgrounds on public lands that charge fees are listed in the Lodging section starting on page 63.


Now more than ever, traveling by recreational vehicle or camper van is a great way to hit the road, see the sites, and spend some quality time with your family. Explore the Yellowstone Teton Territory behind the wheel of an RV and enjoy the many scenic drives throughout the area. Dump stations are conveniently located throughout the area (watch for this standard symbol). RV parks are listed in the Lodging section on pages 64 and 65. Complete RV services in the state are cataloged in a free RV Idaho guide, available at visitor centers, RV dealerships, RV parks, and online at rvidaho.org.

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Idaho Potato Museum Blackfoot, ID (208) 785-2517


Legacy Flight Museum Rexburg, ID (208) 359-5905 rexburg.org

Museum of Idaho Idaho Falls, ID (208) 522-1400



Buffalo Run, LLC Island Park, ID (208) 558-7112


Idaho Dunes RV St. Anthony, ID (208) 624-3275



100 Proof hospitality Idaho Falls, ID (502)-263-3539



AmericInn Rexburg, ID (208) 356-5333


Aspen Grove Inn at Heise Bridge Rigby, ID (208) 523-6339


Destinations Inn

Idaho Falls, ID

(208) 528-8444

Drift Lodge & Fly Shop Island Park, ID (208) 558-0152 driftlodge.com

Teton Homestead Driggs, ID (800) 746-5518 tetonhomestead.com

Hampton Inn at the Mall Idaho Falls, ID (208) 529-9800


Hansen-Silver Guest Ranch

Swan Valley, ID (208) 483-2305


Henry’s Fork RV Park Island Park, ID (208) 351-6236

Idaho Falls Luxury RV Park Idaho Falls, ID (208) 881-4562 idahofallsluxuryrvpark.com

Lakeside Lodge and Resort Island Park, ID (208) 558-9770


Rexburg Super 8 Rexburg, ID (208) 356-8888

Sawtelle Mt. Resort Island Park, ID (208) 558-9366


Sleepy J Cabins Swan Valley, ID (208) 483-0411


Springhill Suites Island Park Yellowstone Island Park, ID (208) 558-2400 marriott.com/idasl

Timbers Condominiums Island Park, ID (208) 558-7502 timbersatislandpark.com

Warm River Inn Ashton, ID (208) 881-7550 warmriverinn.com


Adams Publishing, Standard Journal

Rexburg, ID (208) 542-6701 uvsj.com

Alphagraphics – Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, ID (208)-522-2679


Avcenter inc. Pocatello, ID (208)-234-2141 avcenter.com

Benfield Promotions

Rexburg, ID (208) 403-2101


East Idaho News Regional (208) 528-6397 eastidahonews.com

Harris Publishing Inc.

Idaho Falls, ID (208) 524-7000 harrispublishing.com

Henry’s Fork Foundation

Ashton, ID (208) 652-3567


Idaho Falls Regional Airport

Idaho Falls, ID (208) 612-8221


IE Productions Idaho Falls, ID (208) 528-9593 ieproductions.com

NPG of Idaho/Local News 8 Idaho Falls, ID (208) 525-8888 localnews8.com

Powder Mountain Press Driggs, ID (208) 354-3466


Teton Adventures RV Roberts, ID 877-940-5325


Westmark Credit Union Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-2722



Action Motor Sports Idaho Falls, ID (208) 522-3050


BoonDocker Idaho Falls, ID (208) 542-4411


The Butterfly Haven Pingree, ID (208) 684-3702, ext.2 thebutterflyhaven.com

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CBI Offroad Fab

Idaho Falls, ID (208) 528-0664 cbioffroadfab.com

Diamond P Ranch

West Yellowstone, MT (406) 646-0606 thediamondpranch.com

Downtown Driggs Association Driggs, ID downtowndriggs.org

Fremont County Parks & Recreation

St. Anthony, ID (208) 624-7266 co.fremont.id.us

Grand Targhee Resort

Alta, WY (307) 353-5300 grandtarghee.com

Heart Mountain Outfitter Dubois, ID (208) 521-7319

High Mountain Adventures Island Park, ID (208) 558-9572 highmountainadventures.com

Hunting 4 Travel Idaho Falls, ID (208) 881-7072 hunting4travel.com

Island Park Village Golf Course Island Park, ID (208) 558-0271 islandparkvillageresort.com

Klim Technical Riding Gear Rigby, ID (208) 552-7433 klim.com

Mesa Falls Marathon Ashton, ID (208) 652-7771 mesafallsmarathon.com

Miller Drift Boats

Ashton, ID (208) 881-7550 millerdriftboats.com

Tied To Nature Wildlife Tours

Island Park, ID (208) 351-5932 tiedtonature.com

Teton Backcountry Guides

Alta, WY (307) 353-2900 tetonbackcountryguides.com

Teton Mountain Ranch Victor, ID (866) 787-9005 elkadventures.com

Teton Overland LLC Rigby, ID (760) 521-0299 tetonoverlandshow.com

Teton Valley Balloon Rally Driggs, ID (208) 709-0777 tetonvalleyballoonrally.com

Teton Valley Foundation Victor, ID (208) 399-2884 tetonvalleyfoundation.org

Teton Valley Skijor Corporation Victor, ID (425) 894-9700

Vintage Market Days Blackfoot, Id (417) 622-9992 vintagemarketdays.com

Xtreme Powersports Idaho Falls, ID (208) 648-4200 xtremerentals.net

Yellowstone Bear World Rexburg, ID (208) 359-9688 yellowstonebearworld.com

Yellowstone Horses at Eagle Ridge Ranch Island Park, ID (208) 558-7077 yellowstoneworld.com

Yellowstone Teton Tours Tetonia, ID (208) 569-2909 yellowstonetetontours.com


Dave’s Jubilee Ashton, ID (208) 652-7771

Eagle Rock Indian Motorcycles Idaho Falls, ID (208) 525-1901 eaglerockindianmotorcycle.com

Food Shed Idaho Victor, ID (208) 787-7695 foodshedidaho.com

Grand Teton Distillery Driggs, ID (208) 354-7263 tetondistillery.com

Opal Country Café and Gift Shop

Spencer, ID (208) 374-5476 spenceropalmines.com

Rexburg Motor Sports

Rexburg, ID (208) 356-4000 rexburgms.com

Shoppe on Main

Ashton, ID (208) 709-6124



Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce

Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-1010


Idaho Falls Downtown Development

Idaho Falls, ID (208) 535-0399


Island Park Chamber of Commerce Island Park, ID (208) 558-7755


Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Rexburg, ID (208) 356-5700


Teton Regional Economic Coalition & Teton Valley Chamber of Commerce Driggs, ID (208) 354-2500



Salt Lake Express Rexburg, ID (208) 656-8824


Avcenter inc. Pocatello, ID (208)-234-2141 avcenter.com

Idaho Falls Regional Airport Idaho Falls, ID (208) 612-8221



Prime IV Hydration & Wellness

Idaho Falls, ID (208) 656-7350


The Membership Directory was up to date as of press time. For any changes or corrections, please reach out to Yellowstone Teton Territory.

ADVENTURE 2023/2024 61

Lodging Guide

If you’re spending the night in Yellowstone Teton Territory, the lodging choices are numerous. You’ll find something to fit your taste and your budget among hundreds of accommodations, including family-friendly units with swimming pools, chain hotels, mom-and-pop motels, cozy bed and breakfast sites, and much more. Plentiful campgrounds and RV parks, offering a wide range of services, are also a popular option. Use these grids, organized by type of lodging, to help make your selection.

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Lodging facilities are listed alphabetically, first by location then by name.

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Park, ID (208) 558-7301

Island Park, ID (208) 558-7658


Island Park, ID (208) 652-7301

Coffee Pot

Island Park, ID (208) 652-7442

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ADVENTURE 2023/2024 63
& BREAKFASTS River Retreat Lodge • • • • • • • Irwin, ID (307) 248-3864 riverretreatlodge.com Aspen Grove Inn • • • • • • • Rigby, ID (208) 523-6339 aspengroveinn.com Blue Heron Inn • • • • • • • • • Rigby, ID (208)
idahoblueheron.com Dreamcatcher Bed & Breakfast • • • • • • Victor, ID Kasper’s Kountryside Inn • • • • Victor, ID (208) 787-2726 kasperskountrysideinn.com
(PUBLIC LAND) Cave Falls • • • Ashton, ID (208) 652-7301 f s.usda.gov Grandview Campground • • • Ashton, ID (208)
recreation.gov Riverside • • • Ashton, ID (208)
recreation.gov Warm River • • • Ashton, ID (208)
recreation.gov Reunion Flat Group Area • • • Driggs, ID (877) 444-6777 recreation.gov Teton Canyon • • • Driggs, ID (877) 444-6777 recreation.gov Steel Creek Group Area • • • Dubois, ID (208) 374-5422 recreation.gov Stoddard Creek • • • Dubois,
recreation.gov Alpine • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-1412 recreation.gov Big Elk Creek • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-1412 recreation.gov Birch Creek • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 524-7500 recreation.gov Blowout • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-1412 recreation.gov Calamity • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-1412 recreation.gov Juniper Park • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 538-7285 usbr.gov/pn McCoy Creek • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-1412 recreation.gov Palisades Creek • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-1412 recreation.gov Riverside Park • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-1412 recreation.gov Table Rock • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-1412 recreation.gov Big Springs • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-7658 recreation.gov Box Canyon • • • Island
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Restaurant/BarBreakfastIncludedSwimmingPoolHotTub Smoke-Free Premises ADA AccessiblePetFriendlySpa/Fitness Center Kitchen in Room Meeting Room Suites InternetAccessFireplaceinRoom Free Airport Shuttle


Flat Rock

Island Park, ID (208) 652-7442

Henry’s Lake State Park

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Island Park, ID (208) 558-7532 (summer); (208) 558-7368 (winter)

McCrea Bridge

Island Park, ID (208) 652-7301

Kelly Island

Ririe, ID (208) 524-7500

Egin Lakes

St. Anthony, ID (208) 524-7500


Swan Valley, ID (208) 523-1412

Mike Harris

Victor, ID (877) 444-6777

Pine Creek

Victor, ID (877) 444-6777

Trail Creek

Victor, ID (877) 444-6777

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ID (208) 558-7443

Newdale, ID (208) 458-4454

Palisades, ID (208) 351-0511

Rexburg, ID (208) 356-4182

64 ADVENTURE 2023/2024 CAMPGROUNDS (PRIVATE) AND RV PARKS Eagle Peak Lodge & RV Park • • • • • • • • Ashton, ID (208) 652-3699 eaglepeaklodge.com Jolley Camper • • • • • • • • Ashton, ID (208) 652-2267 jolleycamper.com Squirrel Creek Guest Ranch & Inn • • • • • Ashton, ID (208) 652-3972 idahoranch.com Timberline RV Park & Vacation Rentals • • • • • • Ashton, ID (208) 652-3219 timberlinegolfresort.com Yellowstone Golf Resort at Aspen Acres RV Park • • • • • • • • • Ashton, ID (208) 652-3524 yellowstonegolfresort.com Kilgore General Store • • • • • • Dubois, ID (208) 778-5334 Idaho Falls Luxury RV Park • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 881-4562 idahofallsluxuryrvpark.com Snake River RV Park & Campground • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-3362 snakeriverrvpark.net Sunnyside Acres Park • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-8403 sunnysideacresmhc.com Swan Valley RV Park • • • • • • • • Irwin, ID (208) 483-3581 swanvalleyrvpark.com Buffalo Run RV Park & Cabins • • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-7112 buffalorunrvparkcom Enchanted Forest • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-9675 islandparkidaho.com Yellowstone RV Park at Mack’s Inn • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 716-5959 yellowstonervpark.com Jared’s Wild Rose Ranch Resort • • • • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-7201 wildroseranch.com RedRock RV & Camping Park • • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208)
redrockrvpark.com Sawtelle Mountain Resort • • • • • • • • • • • Island Park, ID
sawtellemountainresort.com Valley View RV & Laundry • • • • • • • • Island Park,
Springs • • • • • • • •
(866) 558-9366
Green Canyon Hot
greencanyonhotsprings.com Palisades RV Park & Cabins • • • • • • • •
palisadescabins.com Snake River Hideout • • • • • • •
snakeriverhideout.com Restaurant/Bar DumpStationElectricityTentSites Pull-Through Sites Showers Swimming Pool Hot Tub Laundry FacilitiesPetFriendlyCorrals Full Hookups Internet/WIFI Access
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ID (208) 356-3681

ID (208) 701-9941

ID (208) 523-6339

ID (208) 690-0930

ID (208) 745-5115

ID (208) 538-5097

ID (208) 538-7312

ID (208) 538-7337


ID (208) 716-0116

ID (208) 390-5481

ID (208) 558-0900

ID (208) 558-7404

ID (208) 351-7301

ID (208) 589-8044

ID (208) 589-7147

ID (208) 483-2305

ID (208) 787-5466

ID (208) 510-0216

ID (866) 787-9005

ADVENTURE 2023/2024 65 Wakeside
RV Park & Campground • • • • • • • • • Rexburg,
wakesidelakerv.com Wind Willows RV Park • • • • • • • • •
Aspen Grove Inn • • • • • • • • Rigby,
aspengroveinn.com Granite Creek Ranch and Cabins • • • • • • • • Rigby,
granitecreekexperiences.com Jefferson County Lake Campground • • • • Rigby,
co.jefferson.id.us Teton West RV Park • • • • • • • Rigby,
tetonwestrv.com Yellowstone Lakeside RV Park • • • • • • • • • • Rigby,
7N Ranch • • • • • • • Ririe,
7nranch.com Heise Hot Springs • • • • • • • • • • • Ririe,
heisehotsprings.net Mountain River Ranch RV Park • • • • • • • • Ririe,
mountainriverranch.com Idaho Dunes RV Park • • • • • • • • St. Anthony, ID (208) 624-3275 idahodunesrv.com Sand Hills Resort Inc. • • • • • • • • • St. Anthony, ID (208) 624-4127 sandhillsresort.com Sugar RV Campground • • • Sugar City, ID (208) 539-7336 sugarrvpark.com Hover Camp • • • • • • • • • Swan Valley, ID (208) 483-2267 campsouthfork.com Moose Creek Ranch • • • • • • • Victor, ID moosecreekranch.com Teton Valley Resort • • • • • • • • • • Victor, ID (877) 787-3036 tetonvalleyresort.com Restaurant/Bar DumpStationElectricityTentSites Pull-Through Sites Showers Swimming Pool Hot Tub Laundry FacilitiesPetFriendlyCorrals Full Hookups Internet/WIFI Access
GUEST RANCHES Squirrel Creek Guest Ranch & Inn • • • • Ashton, ID (208) 652-3972 idahoranch.com Three Rivers Ranch • • • • • • • • • • • Ashton,
threeriversranch.com Henry’s Fork Ranch • • • •
henrysforkranch.com Silver Spur Ranch Idaho • • • • • • • • Dubois,
silverspurranchidaho.com Eagle Ridge Ranch • • • • • • • • • Island Park,
eagleridgeranch.com Elk Creek Ranch • • • • • • Island Park,
elkcreekid.com Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch • • • • • • Newdale,
rockymountainelkranch.net McGarry Ranches • • • • • • • Rexburg,
mcgarryranches.com Granite Creek Guest Ranch • • • Ririe,
granitecreekranch.com Hansen Guest Ranch • • • • • • • • • • • • Swan Valley,
hansenguestranch.com Linn Canyon Ranch • • • • • • • • • Teton Valley,
linncanyonranch.com Moose Creek Ranch • • • • • Victor,
moosecreekranch.com Teton Mountain Ranch • • Victor,
elkadventures.com MealsIncludedSwimmingPoolHotTub Smoke-Free Premises ADA FacilitiesPetFriendlyFloatTripsFishingTripsHorsebackRidingChildren’sProgramsCookouts Evening Programs Laundry FacilitiesFreeAirport Shuttle Meeting Spaces Internet Access Visit associated websites for most up-to-date rates. Visit associated websites for most up-to-date rates.
ID (208) 538-7140
ID (208) 612-6000
ID (208)


Ashton, ID (208) 652-3699

Ashton, ID (208) 200-4682

Ashton, ID (208) 652-3570

The Fishing Bear

Ashton, ID (208) 652-7065

Driggs, ID (208) 354-2363

Driggs, ID (208) 354-2774

Beaver Creek Inn

Dubois, ID (208) 374-8708

Super 8 Motel by

Driggs, ID (208) 953-1919

Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-2242 / (800) 939-2242

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Eagle Peak Lodge & RV Park
Ashton Log Cabins
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Rankin Motel
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Teton West
Pines Motel & Guest Haus
Windam • • • • • • • • • •
super8.com Best Western Driftwood Inn • • • • • • • • • • •
bestwesternidaho.com/hotels/best-western-driftwood-inn Best Western
CottonTree Inn • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-6000 cottontreeinns.com/idaho-falls Candlewood Suites • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 525-9800 candlewoodsuites.com/idahofallsid Comfort Inn • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 424-6423 comfortinn.com/hotel-idaho_falls-idaho-ID024 Destinations Inn • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 528-8444 destinationsinn.com Econolodge • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-5993 FairBridge Inn & Suites • • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-6260 fairbridgeinns.com.com Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 552-7378 / (800) 228-2800 marriott.com/hotels/travel/idafi-fairfield-inn-and-suites-idaho-falls Hampton Inn Airport • • • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 523-1400 / (800) 600-6001 idahofallsairport.hamptoninn.com Hampton Inn - Idaho Falls at the Mall • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 529-9800 hamptoninn.com Hilton Garden Inn • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 522-9500 / (877) 782-9444 hiltongardeninn.com Holiday Inn Express • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 542-9800 hiexpress.com/idahofallsid Holiday Inn Jackson Hole Junction • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID Home2Suites • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 529-0400 home2suites3.hilton.com La Quinta • • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 552-2500 lq.com Le Ritz Hotel & Suites • • • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 528-0880 leritzhotel.com Marriott Residence Inn • • • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls,
542-0000 marriott.com Motel 6 Idaho Falls • • • • • Idaho Falls,
motel6.com Motel West • • • • • • • Idaho Falls,
motelwestidaho.com Quality Inn (Tower) • • • • • • • • Idaho
Rodeway Inn • • • • • Idaho
Shilo Inn Suites Conference Hotel • • • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls,
shiloinns.com Restaurant/BarBreakfastIncludedSwimmingPoolHotTub Smoke-Free Premises ADA AccessiblePetFriendlySpa/Fitness Center Kitchen in Room Meeting Room Suites InternetAccessFireplaceinRoom Free Airport Shuttle
ID (208)
ID (208) 522-0112
ID (208) 522-1112
Falls, ID (208) 357-4526
Falls, ID (208) 523-8000
ID (208) 523-0088


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ID (208) 497-0424

ID (208) 932-7201

ID (208) 359-1311

ID (208) 356-3003

ID (208) 356-8888

ID (208) 538-7963

Blue Heron

Rigby, ID (208) 745-9922

Motel 6

Rigby, ID (208) 745-8700

Moss Avery Lodge

Ririe, ID (208) 359-0817

Henry’s Fork Inn

St. Anthony, ID (208) 624-3711

ADVENTURE 2023/2024 67 Sleep Inn & Suites • • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 821-3647 Motel 6 • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 529-5400 Springhill Suites • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 522-7000 marriot.com Super 8 Motel • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 522-8880 super8.com Tru By Hilton • • • • • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 522-8500 Yellowstone Motel • • • • • Idaho Falls, ID (208) 529-9738 yellowstonemotel.net Angler’s Lodge • • • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-9555 anglerslodge.net Buffalo Run RV Park & Cabins • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-7112 buffalorunrvpark.com Drift Lodge and Fly Shop • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-0152 driftlodge.com Eagle Ridge Ranch • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-0900 eagleridgeranch.com Henry’s Fork Lodge • • • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-7953 henrysforklodge.com Island Park Reservations • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-9675 islandparkidaho.com Jared’s Wild Rose Ranch Resort • • • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-7201 wildroseranch.com Lakeside Lodge and Resort • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-9770 lakesidelodgeandresort.com Ponds Lodge • • • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-7221 pondslodge.com River Lodge Henry’s Fork • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-9555 riverlodgeislandpark.com Sawtelle Mountain Resort • • • • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-9366 sawtellemountainresort.com Spring Hill Suites Island Park Yellowstone • • • • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-2400 marriot.com/idasl The Pines at Island Park - Historic Phillips Lodge • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-0192 pinesislandpark.com Trouthunter • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-9900 trouthunt.com AmericInn Lodge & Suites of Rexburg • • • • • • • • • • • • Rexburg,
americinn.com/hotels/ID/Rexburg Hampton Inn • • • • • • • • • Rexburg,
hamptoninn3.hilton.com Motel 6 • • • • • • Rexburg,
motel6.com Sure Stay Plus by Best Western • • • • • • • • Rexburg,
surestayplus@rexbw.com SpringHill Suites by Marriott • • • • • • • • • Rexburg,
marriott.com/idarx Super 8 Motel • • • • • • • • Rexburg,
super8.com Aspen Grove Inn at Heise Bridge • • • • • • • Rigby,
ID (208) 356-5333
Inn • • • • • • • • •
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guesthouseintl.com/hotels/stanthony Restaurant/BarBreakfastIncludedSwimmingPoolHotTub Smoke-Free Premises ADA AccessiblePetFriendlySpa/Fitness Center Kitchen in Room Meeting Room Suites InternetAccessFireplaceinRoom Free Airport Shuttle


Swan Valley, ID (208) 589-7147

Swan Valley, ID (208) 483-2305

Swan Valley, ID (307) 248-3864

Swan Valley, ID (208) 483-2267

Swan Valley, ID (208) 483-0411

Swan Valley, ID (208) 483-2112

Tetonia, ID (208) 751-1589

Victor, ID (208) 787-4567 Kasper’s Kountryside

ID (208) 787-2726

ID (208) 787-7888

ID (208) 354-2386

ID (208) 787-6666

ID (877) 787-3036

WY (307) 654-4422

WY (307) 353-2300

Ashton, ID (208) 652-3972

Driggs, ID (877) 444-6777


Island Park, ID (208) 624-7777

Harriman State Park Island Park, ID (208) 558-7368

Island Park, ID (208) 716-5959

Island Park, ID (208) 558-9770

Island Park, ID (208) 360-7224

Newdale, ID (208) 458-4454

Rexburg, ID (208) 356-3681

Rexburg, ID (208) 356-4182 Aspen

Rigby, ID (208) 523-6339

Jefferson County Lake

Rigby, ID (208) 612-6000

Ririe, ID (208) 538-5097

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68 ADVENTURE 2023/2024 REUNION and EVENT LOCATIONS Squirrel Creek Guest Ranch & Inn • • • • • • • •
Group Area • • •
Reunion Flat
Ridge Ranch • • • • • •
parksandrecreation.idaho.gov Yellowstone RV Park at Mack’s Inn • • • • •
Lodge and Resort • • • • • • • • •
Lodge • • • • • •
Canyon Hot Springs • • • • • • • •
RV Park & Campground • • • • • • • • •
Wakeside Lake
wakesidelakerv.com Snake River Hideout • • • • • • •
Heise Bridge • • • • • • • •
Grove Inn - At
Campground • • • •
Ranch • • • • • • •
7nranch.com Restaurant/Bar DumpStationElectricityTentSites Pull-Through Sites Showers Swimming Pool Hot Tub Laundry FacilitiesPetFriendlyCorrals Full Hookups Internet/WIFI Access Granite Creek Ranch • • •
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Hansen Guest Ranch
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River Retreat Lodge
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Hover Camp
Sleepy J Cabins
Lodge • • • • • •
South Fork
Peaks Resort • • • • • • •
tetonpeaksresort.com Cobblestone
& Suites • • • • • • • • •
Inn • • • • • Victor,
kasperskountrysideinn.com Teton Springs Lodge and Spa • • • • • • • • • • • Victor,
Valley Lodge • • • • • • Victor,
tetonvalleylodge.com Teton
Motel • • • • • • Victor,
tetonvalleymotel.com Teton Valley Resort • • • • • • • • • • Victor,
tetonvalleyresort.com Flying Saddle Resort • • • • • • • • • • Alpine,
flyingsaddleresort.com Grand Targhee Resort • • • • • • • • • • •
grandtarghee.com Restaurant/BarBreakfastIncludedSwimmingPoolHotTub Smoke-Free Premises ADA AccessiblePetFriendlySpa/Fitness Center Kitchen in Room Meeting Room Suites InternetAccessFireplaceinRoom Free Airport Shuttle
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Ririe, ID (208) 538-7147

Ririe, ID (208) 538-7453

Ririe, ID (208) 589-6867

Moss Avery Lodge

Ririe, ID (208) 359-0817

St. Anthony, ID (800) 419-5269

Aspen Hills

Swan Valley, ID (208) 538-7140

Swan Valley, ID (208) 483-2305

Swan Valley, ID (208) 483-2112

Terreton, ID (208) 663-4585

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ID (877) 787-3036

WY (307) 353-2300

ID (208) 652-3972

ID (208) 716-0116

ID (208) 354-2759

ID (307) 353-2300

ID (208) 354-8890

ID (208) 354-2386

ID (208) 354-3431

Falls, ID (208) 589-1509/(800) 917-5992

ID (208) 881-7072

ID (208) 483-2222

Island Park, ID (208) 558-9555

Park, ID (208) 558-9675

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ADVENTURE 2023/2024 69 VACATION RENTALS Squirrel Creek Guest Ranch & Inn • • • • • • • Ashton,
idahoranch.com Henry’s Fork Ranch • • • Chester,
henrysforkranch.com Cottage at Heron Glass • • • Driggs,
heronglass.com/cottage/index.html Grand Targhee Vacation Condominiums • • • • • • • • • • • Driggs,
grandtarghee.com Teton Homestead • • • • • • • • Driggs,
tetonhomestead.com Teton Valley Lodge • • • • • • • Driggs,
tetonvalleylodge.com Teton Valley Property Management • • • • • • • • • Driggs,
tetonvalleypropertymanagement.com Butler’s Lakefront Log Cabin • • • • • Idaho
vrbo.com/11974 Hunting
Travel • • • • • Idaho
hunting4travel.com The Lodge at Palisades Creek • • • • • • Irwin,
tlapc.com Angler’s Lodge • • • • • • • • •
anglerslodge.net Bear Creek
• • • • • Island
islandparkidaho.com Buffalo Run RV Park & Cabins • • • • • Island
Island Park Reservations buffaloparkrv.com Restaurant/BarBreakfastIncludedSwimmingPoolHotTub Smoke-Free Premises ADA AccessiblePetFriendlySpa/Fitness Center Kitchen in Room Meeting Room Suites InternetAccessFireplaceinRoom Granite
Guest Ranch • • • • • • • •
Park, ID (208) 558-7112
Hot Springs • • • • • • • • • • •
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Mountain River Ranch RV Park
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Lodge • • • • • •
Three Peaks
Retreat • • • • • •
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Hansen Guest Ranch
Lodge • • • • •
Mountain Ranch • • • •
junipermountain.net Teton Peaks Resort • • • • • • • • Tetonia,
tetonpeaksresort.com Dreamcatcher Bed and Breakfast • Victor, ID
temporarily closed dreamcatcherbedbreakfast.com Moose Creek Ranch • • • • • • • • • Victor,
moosecreekranch.com Teton Valley Resort • • • • • • • • • • Victor,
tetonvalleyresort.com Grand Targhee Resort • • • • • Alta,
South Fork
ID (208) 751-1589
(208) 201-3691
ID (208)
Restaurant/Bar DumpStationElectricityTentSites Pull-Through Sites Showers Swimming Pool Hot Tub Laundry FacilitiesPetFriendlyCorrals Full Hookups Internet/WIFI Access


ID (208) 483-2112

ID (208) 663-4585

Valley, ID (208) 201-9263

Valley, ID (208) 313-4840

Teton Valley, ID (208) 354-8153/(866) 687-1522


Teton Valley, ID (208) 354-3431

Kasper’s Kountryside Inn

Victor, ID (208) 787-2726

Victor, ID (208) 510-0216

70 ADVENTURE 2023/2024 Drift Lodge & Fly Shop • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-0152 driftlodgeflyshop.com Eagle Ridge Ranch • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 624-7777 eagleridgeranch.com Enchanted Forest Resort • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208)
islandparkidaho.com Grandma’s Cabin • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-7699 grandmascabin.com Harriman State Park • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-7368 parksandrecreation.idaho.gov Island Park Cabins and Lodges • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 313-6530 islandparkrentals.com Island Park Reservations • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-9675 islandparkidaho.com Moose Crossing Rentals • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 731-3688 moosecrossingrentals.com Mountain Lake Cabin • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-1988 airbnb.com/rooms/15231899 Phyilly Properties • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 221-2993 ipcabinrentals.com Summerwind Lodge • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-9675 Island Park Reservations hyggecabins.com/summerwind The Pines at Island Park - Historic Phillips Lodge • • • • • • • Island Park, ID (208) 558-0192 pinesislandpark.com Yellowstone Lakefront Log Home on Henry’s Lake • • Island Park,
yellowstoneloghome.us Wakeside Lake Reunion Lodge • • • • • • Rexburg,
wakesidelakerv.com Heise Hot Springs • • • • • • • Ririe, ID (208) 538-7312 heisehotsprings.net Mountain River Ranch RV Park • • • • • • Ririe, ID (208)
mountainriverranch.com Three Peaks Lodge • • • • • • St. Anthony, ID
threepeakslodge.com Moss Avery Lodge • • • • • • Ririe,
vrbo.com Aspen Hills Retreats • • • Swan Valley,
Sleepy J Cabins • • • • • • • Swan
sleepyjcabins.com South Fork Lodge • • • • • • Swan
southforklodge.com Juniper Mountain Ranch • • • • • • Terreton,
junipermountain.net Hill Property Management • • • • • • • • Teton
• • • • • • Teton
Valley Cabins • • • • • •
ID (877) 833-4861
ID (208) 356-3681
(800) 418-5269
ID (208) 359-0817
ID (208) 589-7147
Valley, ID (208) 483-0411
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moosecreeklodge.com Restaurant/BarBreakfastIncludedSwimmingPoolHotTub Smoke-Free Premises ADA AccessiblePetFriendlySpa/Fitness Center Kitchen in Room Meeting Room Suites InternetAccessFireplaceinRoom
The Lodging Guide is compiled by Yellowstone Teton Territory. If you feel your lodging property has been omitted in error, please contact Yellowstone Teton Territory. Visit associated websites for most up-to-date rates.
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72 ADVENTURE 2023/2024 JUST MINUTES FROM WEST YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Located in a beautiful setting on the Henry’s Fork River, just seventeen miles to Yellowstone National Park. Hike to waterfalls. Explore wild forests. Paddle the beautiful river. Break up some fresh powder on your snowmobile. Whatever you love, do it in Island Park. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet, spacious and stylish guest rooms, free high-speed internet, two on-site restaurants, and more. Our hotel also has a large, flexible convention space to host smaller intimate gatherings, weddings, or larger corporate retreats and tradeshows. With our inhouse catering, it’s a one stop shop for your next event 4292 N Highway 20, Island Park, Idaho 83429 | elizabeth@ensignhospitality.com | 208-558-2400
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Articles inside

Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife

pages 58-61

Ririe & Rigby

pages 56-57

Swan Valley

pages 52-54

Grand Targhee Resort

pages 50-51

Teton Valley

pages 46-49

State Treasures

pages 42-45

National Parks

pages 40-41

Teton Valley Rewards the Curious

pages 38-39

Angler’s Paradise

page 36

Island Park & Ashton

pages 32-35

Yellowstone Bear World

pages 30-31

Rexburg & St. Anthony

pages 26-29

Mountain America Center

page 25

Idaho Falls

pages 20-24

Scenic Drives

pages 14-18

Getting Here

page 13

How to Use This Book

page 12


pages 5-11

Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife

pages 58-61

Ririe & Rigby

pages 56-57

Swan Valley

pages 52-54

Grand Targhee Resort

pages 50-51

Teton Valley

pages 46-49

State Treasures

pages 42-45

National Parks

pages 40-41

Teton Valley Rewards the Curious

pages 38-39

Angler’s Paradise

page 36

Island Park & Ashton

pages 32-35

Yellowstone Bear World

pages 30-31

Rexburg & St. Anthony

pages 26-29

Mountain America Center

page 25

Idaho Falls

pages 20-24

Scenic Drives

pages 14-18

Getting Here

page 13

How to Use This Book

page 12


pages 5-11
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