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Winter Activities in Jefferson County

Jefferson County is in the heart of Yellowstone-Teton Territory, and in the winter, residents flock to the area for various winter activities.

Here are the top winter activities in which you can participate in Jefferson County:

Skiing and Snowboarding at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort

Located in Ririe, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a must-visit for those who love skiing and snowboarding. Kelly Canyon is home to 688 skiable acres featuring 51 runs, and the longest run is 6,900 ft.

For those who are new to the sports or do not have the proper equipment, Kelly Canyon offers gear rentals and lessons. When you need a break, the lodge at Kelly Canyon has a cafeteria-style restaurant and a great view of the mountain.

Additional activities at Kelly Canyon include night skiing, a terrain park fat-tire bikes and nordic skiing trails.

Heise Hot Springs

Looking for something warm to do this winter? Why not take your family to Heise Hot Springs pool. When the cold weather comes to Teton-Yellowstone Territory, the 104-degree natural mineral hot spring is sure to be a hit.

Spend a night at the Blue Heron Inn


Located just off Highway 20 in Rigby, the Blue Heron Inn is a cozy bed and breakfast perfect for a quiet winter night. The inn is located on 3.5 acres of property right along the South Fork of the Snake River, and trust us, the view is amazing.

The Blue Heron Inn lodge has 5100 square feet of living space, a hot tub with an exceptional view of the Snake River, six bedrooms with private bathrooms, a loft with a library and table games, and a lower floor with a pool table and a theater.

As with any bed and breakfast, the innkeepers will prepare an amazing breakfast for each guest in the home.

Top Winter Activities in Jefferson County

Whether you are looking for extreme winter sports or for some warm places to relax, Jefferson County is one of the best places to start. To learn more about Jefferson County and other winter activities in Yellowstone-Teton Territory, check out the things to do in the winter page on our website.

This article is sponsored by Snowest, a snowmobile magazine.