Because Island Park is close to Yellowstone, some will simply drive on by or just sleep there and spend all their time in the park. Those people are missing out on so much! Here are to top 8 things to do in Island Park (in summer and winter)!
Island Park, Idaho is a very special place to Steve. Every year growing up, he and his family would spend a whole week enjoying the area during their family reunions.
So it wasn’t any surprise that early on in our dating he took me to this incredible place so I could see for myself how truly spectacular it really is. Since then, we try and make it back at least once a year either for family reunions or just a day trip together.
Things To Do In Island Park, Idaho
Rent a RZR with Polaris Adventures at High Mountain Adventures:
This was our first time renting a RZR and we are hands down are going to rent every time we go back now! There is so much of Island Park that we were able to see that previously had been left unnoticed due to our lack of 4WD. Do yourself a favor a rent a RZR for the day.
What we loved about our ride was that it was so safe, anybody can feel comfortable riding one, and it created a lasting memory that we will have forever. Polaris Adventures have so many different locations scattered through the U.S. but the location in Island Park is called High Mountain Adventures.
Visit Mesa Falls [One of Eastern Idaho’s Best Waterfalls]
Don’t miss this incredible waterfall! What I recommend is parking at Upper Mesa Falls and then taking the short trail on the boardwalk to marvel at this incredible sight. After you’re done there, take the 1 mile trail that leads to lower falls. Trust me, you’ll want to see both of them.
Additional Reading- Check out my favorite waterfall in Eastern Idaho!
Feed the Fish at Big Springs:
My very first time visiting Big Springs I learned that fish love…canned corn! I have no idea. So every time we visit we make sure to grab a couple of cans from the local grocery store and have a good time throwing the kernels in the water and watching the fish go crazy.
These have got to be some of the largest fish that I have ever seen (probably due to the no fishing, swimming rules). This is a place that the whole family would enjoy.
Take a short hike to Sheep Falls:
This hike is relatively unknown and consequently very quiet. You’ll most likely have the trail along with the falls all to yourself when you visit. Follow the instructions below very closely or you’ll get lost like we almost did!
Turn onto Sheep Falls Road from US-20 (you’ll be on sheep falls road for 2.4 miles.) You’ll then arrive at a four way intersection. Park your car to the side of the road and start walking to the left. The trail is about a mile long and for the last 3/4 of the trail you’ll be walking downhill with the sound on the waterfall in the background.
Drive over to Yellowstone National Park:
Obviously, if you are in the area you have to take the short drive over to Yellowstone National Park. In my opinion, one of the best views in the park is at Artist Point. This spot is known as the Grand Canyon of the West. Our favorite part of the park though has got to be driving around looking for animals! We’ve been lucky to see many bison, antelopes, different types of birds, and even a wolf once.
Things To Do In Island Park in the Winter
Soak In A Hot Tub
Although there is not a hot spring near Island Park, you can rent a cabin that has an outdoor hot tub!
Go Snowmobiling in Island Park
You can rent a snowmobile with High Mountain Adventures and enjoy a snowy, snowmobile ride in Island Park. Be safe while driving during the winter because trail and road conditions in Island Park can be dangerous.
Take A Winter Drive
While Steve and I were in Island Park during the winter, we took an afternoon drive one Sunday afternoon along the main roads and it was beautiful! Nothing like frosted trees, frozen lakes, and blue skies.
Where To Stay in Island Park
Island Park Idaho Cabin Rentals & Hotels
When looking for where to stay in Island Park, you have are several options! What I recommend doing is renting a cabin during your trip. These cabins can hold anywhere from 4 people all the way to 20+ guests. Best place to book your cabin is through booking.com to get the best rate.
We want to thank Polaris Adventures for the complimentary ride. All opinions remain our own.
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