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Best Cross-Country Skiing in the Yellowstone Teton Territory: Eastern Idaho’s Top Nordic Trails

Posted On
Feb 15, 2020
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Winter Recreation
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Click into your cross-country skis and get ready to hit the trail this winter. The Yellowstone Teton Territory in Eastern Idaho offers some of the nation’s best cross-country skiing. Whether you prefer classic Nordic or skate skis, you’ll find plenty of options, and many of these routes are also open for snowshoeing, fat tire biking, and walking.

Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park offers opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking on its 24 miles of winter trails. The park includes a network of trails for each type of recreation (map here). Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife since the 11,000-acre park is a hotspot for moose, Trumpeter Swans, and other animals. Check the park’s Facebook page for conditions and events. The park charges a $5 winter access fee per person in addition to a $5 vehicle access fee per car.

Idaho Falls Trails

Both Freeman Park and Tautphaus Park offer groomed public cross-country skiing trails in Idaho Falls.

The trails are free to use, and maps are available online for both Tautphaus Park and Freeman Park. Fat biking and walking are also allowed on the groomed trails.

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort

In addition to downhill skiing, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort offers Nordic trails with options for fat biking and snowshoeing. The resort offers 12 miles of groomed “shred trails” to accommodate Nordic skis, snowshoes, and fat bikes. To enjoy these trails, a permit is required ($8 for ages 13+, free for 12 and under for the 2019-2020 season).

Ashton to Tetonia Trail

Enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the Ashton to Tetonia Trail, which offers spectacular views and is also shared with snowmobiles. See the larger map for an overview of the route or explore more detailed maps of each of the trail’s four sections.

Teton Valley Trails and Pathways

In Teton Valley, check out the Teton Valley Trails and Pathways routes across the valley. Be sure to check out the online grooming report which includes time-stamped notes about conditions as well as grooming updates. It is also a great resource showing which types of recreation are allowed in each area and whether or not canine companions are permitted. It also notes the grooming schedule and which routes are groomed on which days. Each location also includes a map and directions as well as a way to donate online to help fund grooming and maintenance.

Grand Targhee Resort

Explore Rick’s Basin and Quakie Ridge on cross-country skis with Grand Targhee Resort’s Nordic trails. A day pass ($15 for adults, $10 seniors, $6 junior) or season pass ($159) is required, but people who already have a season ski pass can use the Nordic trails for free. There are trails for a variety of skill levels, from the “green circle” Hamster Loop to the “blue square” Rick’s Basin Loop and the “black diamond” Quakie Ridge Loop (trail map available here).

Be sure to check the grooming report for current conditions (scroll down to see fat bike, Nordic, and snowshoe trails).