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Winter Recreation

Known for its wintry weather, it's no surprise Eastern Idaho has some of the best winter recreation access in the Lower 48. Whether you’re looking to backcountry ski or snowmobile, fish or snowshoe, the Yellowstone Teton Territory provides an abundance of winter fun.

Plan your trip around one activity or many. Tour on a snowmobile in Yellowstone one day, ski Grand Targhee the next, spend your third day fishing on Henry's Fork, and then opt for a day-long cross-country ski adventure. It's only natural to combine activities when you're in a wintry paradise. One favorite way to warm up after a frosty day outside is by taking a trip to Heise or Green Canyon Hot Springs to soak and relax.

Winter is also a time to celebrate the season by enjoying an incredible line-up of winter events. The Yellowstone Teton Territory hosts a number of unique and unforgettable events to bring people together and enjoy the best of winter. Head up to Island Park for the Wild West WinterFest, and don't miss the Yellowstone Rendezvous Ski Race. In Teton Valley, be sure to bundle up and see the amazing human-canine teams coming through in the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race. For more sled dog action, check out the American Dog Derby, which is the oldest dog sled race in the Lower 48. Teton Valley also hosts the annual Driggs Snowscapes celebration each year with snow sculpture competitions, an unforgettable Snow Ball, and more. 

To plan your trip, read on, and also be sure to check out our maps and travel guides to learn more about the abundant winter recreation opportunities in Eastern Idaho's Yellowstone Teton Territory.

Snowmobiling

The Yellowstone Teton Territory is a world-class destination for snowmobilers. Plan a trip to check out the region's incredible snowmobiling assets, including:

  • Over 1,800 miles of groomed trails

  • Breathtaking open ridges, meadows, scenery, and wildlife

  • Numerous off-load areas and quaint warming huts

  • Base elevations from 5,200 feet, climbing to over 10,000 feet in elevation

 

With extensive backcountry trail systems, a visit to the Yellowstone Teton Territory provides snowmobilers with access to hundreds of miles of remote pathways virtually untouched by human hands. Many months of snow make for a long and incredible snowmobile season, so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy these trails.

 

If you don't have your own equipment, there are plenty of outfitters able to provide you with everything you will need for your very own backcountry snowmobiling adventure. Spend your trip charging through a fresh blanket of snow surrounded by stunning peaks in the Yellowstone Teton Territory, which is a snowmobiler's dream come true.

 

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Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Skiers and snowboarders will find the Yellowstone Teton Territory to be a powder paradise. With cold winter weather and plenty of snowfall, Eastern Idaho offers some of the world's best skiing and snowboarding.

 

Grand Targhee Resort (located in Alta, Wyoming, but accessed through Teton Valley) boasts over 500 inches of snow per year. Located in the Targhee National Forest, the resort encompasses over 2,600 acres of terrain, offering downhill skiing, terrain parks, snow-cat skiing, fat-tire biking, cross-country skiing, and more.

 

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort, located about half an hour from Idaho Falls, is where the locals go for day and night skiing. Kelly Canyon boasts four double chairs plus a surface lift with access to 51 ski runs on nearly 700 acres. The ski lodge features a rental shop and cafeteria, as well as private rooms for events.

 

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is a popular pastime in Eastern Idaho and, with incredible terrain, plentiful snowfall, and breathtaking scenery, the Yellowstone Teton Territory is the perfect place to get out on a pair of skinny skis.

 

The area is packed with renowned Nordic skiing trails from Harriman State Park to trails at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort and Grand Targhee Ski Resort. Enjoy the Ashton to Tetonia Rail Trail or one of the many routes in Teton Valley. Or stay close to the city and try out Idaho Falls' free public cross-country skiing trails. There's something for everyone, from epic mountain adventures to skiing a few quick lunchtime laps.

 

Ice Fishing

Fishing isn't just a summer activity in the Yellowstone Teton Territory. Even in winter, people love to get out the fishing rod and head to the lake. If you're unfamiliar with ice fishing in the Yellowstone Teton Territory, be sure to enlist the services of an experienced guide to keep you safe and happy.

Guides & Outfitters

Feel like going fishing or hunting? Don't have your gear? Eastern Idaho has plenty of outfitters to suit you up with what you need. Whether you require a rod and tackle or a backpack and boots, these experienced professionals will get you ready for your trip. Experienced local guides can also help you make the most of your time and keep you safe, whether you're hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, or trying out another activity. 

Bonneville County (Idaho Falls)

Idaho Falls is the largest city in the Yellowstone-Teton Territory, and it's a great place to enjoy winter recreation, from ice skating to cross-country skiing and fat biking. You don't have to head to the mountains to enjoy winter—there's plenty to savor right in town.

Lace up your skates and head to one of Idaho Falls's skating rinks. The Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena is a favorite location for hockey, figure skating, and more. This indoor rink offers public skating and special events like skating with Santa, laser light skate night, lessons, and more. Tautphaus Park also offers an outdoor ice skating rink at the football field east of the ice arena, which is open when the weather permits.

Idaho Falls is also home to a number of excellent cross-country skiing trails. Check out the groomed trails at Tautphaus Park, Freeman Park, Sunnyside Park, and the Old Butte Soccer Complex Park. Trails are open to cross-country skiers, fat bikers, and walkers. Be sure to check the website for grooming updates, and know walkers and fat bikers should stay off the grooved part of the path (which is reserved for cross-country skiers).

 

Sledding is also a favorite activity at Idaho Falls's parks. Freeman Park is an especially popular sledding destination.

 

Jefferson County (Rigby/Ririe)

Located in the heart of the Yellowstone-Teton Territory, Jefferson County is a favorite place to head for winter recreation. Skiing, snowboarding, and soaking in hot springs are just a few ways to revel in the snowy season near Rigby.

 

Spend time on the slopes at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort in Ririe. With 688 skiable acres and 51 runs—including one 6,900-feet long—it's a favorite place to go skiing and snowboarding. Gear rentals and lessons are available on-site, and the lodge offers a place to rest up and relax while soaking in the mountain scenery. Be sure to grab a bite at the cafeteria-style restaurant. Night skiing is available, as well as Nordic skiing and fat-tire biking.

 

Shake off the winter chill with a warm relaxing soak in the waters at Heise Hot Springs. Unwind in the 104-degree natural mineral hot spring and let the cares of the world float away.

 

Madison County (Rexburg)

Home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, Madison County is packed with outdoor adventure opportunities. 

In summer, Teton Lakes is a golf course, but in winter, it becomes a favorite place to enjoy the season. Teton Lakes Winter Park offers a Family Sledding Hill and cross-country ski trails (with rentals available on-site).

Families also enjoy sledding at Smith Park. Located just off the main road in Rexburg, and is easily accessible to both students and members of the community.

Fremont County (Island Park / Ashton)

Celebrate winter along the cross-country ski trails in Harriman State Park. This beloved state park is sometimes known as "Little Yellowstone." Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other outdoor fun in this favorite little corner of paradise. 

Opt for waterfall exploration by Mesa Falls, which also offers great snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, and enjoy a scenic drive along the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway.

Teton County (Victor / Driggs)

Teton Valley hugs the western side of the famous Teton mountain range, and this little corner of paradise offers endless winter recreation. Take in the stunning scenery while enjoying some of the local trails. Bring your fat bike, snowshoes, cross-country skis, and snowmobiles to enjoy the extensive trail networks available near town and further afield in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Head to the slopes of Grand Targhee Resort to enjoy lift-accessed skiing or snowboarding, as well as cat skiing, fat tire biking, cross-country skiing, and more. Grab your ice skates and take a few laps at the Kotler Ice Arena in Victor, or enjoy a game of hockey. Whatever winter adventure you crave, Teton Valley is the place to find it.