Island Park / Ashton
The same natural forces that made Yellowstone so scenic have made Island Park similarly beautiful. Upon leaving the the agricultural Upper Snake River Valley outside of Ashton, you'll actually drive up the edge of an ancient collapsed volcano.
The heart of Island Park is Harriman State Park.4,330 acres of pristine forest land and high-country meadows are located in the center of a 16,000 acre wildlife refuge. The park is a haven to rare trumpeter swans, numerous waterfowl, elk, deer and other wildlife. The world famous fly fishing stream, the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, winds through the meadows of the refuge.
Eastern Idaho is the perfect destination to make your travels be about family and the wild west. Island Park has a selection of cabins, inns and campgrounds that provide easy access to Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and the Caribou Targhee National Forest. If you love water, frozen or fluid, Island Park earns a high spot on your to do list. The famed Henry's Fork, the Madison River and Earthquake Lake are ideal spots for picnics and photos. An earthquake struck this area on August 17, 1959, caused a landslide of massive rocks and boulders that blocked the Madison River and created the new lake.
From hikes to Mesa Falls to snowmobiling up Sawtelle Peak, you'll be able to make memories that your family will be able to treasure for a lifetime. Flat Rock Trail and Creek Trail offer scenic views and cleared trails through the woods and valleys during the winter from a snowmobile or from cross country skiis. Check out the number of guides and outfitters who are able to help explore in the winter and the summer.
Only about an hour away, you and your family can reach the American wonder of Old Faithful. This geyser shoots naturally hot water out of a vent in the earth’s crust. It erupts every 45 to 125 minutes, with each eruption lasting five to 10 minutes. Old Faithful sits in the Upper Geyser Basin of the Yellowstone National Parkpark which contains more than 300 active geysers. Access to the park is through the West Yellowstone gate.