Rather than a city or town, Island Park is best known as a geographic region of extraordinary beauty in the northeast corner of Idaho. It has earned the title “Snowmobiling Capital of the World.” Even though winter is the least popular time for visitors, it’s the perfect time and weather for skiers and snow sports enthusiast at the ski resorts. If fishing and outdoor recreational activities is what you’re after, then summer is the most best time to visit (mid-May to September, late November to mid-March). If you prefer a mild weather and fewer crowds, it’s best to travel during Fall.
Located near the borders of Montana and Wyoming, Island Park is at an elevation of just over 6,200 feet on a relatively flat caldera, and is mostly occupied by dense forests, wildflowers, lakes, rivers, streams and plentiful wildlife. One of its claims to fame is its 35 mile long Main Street. Island Park was also molded by some of the same geologic forces that shaped Yellowstone over eons, and the result of those geologic forces was an ancient volcano that collapsed and formed into what is now known as the world’s largest caldera at 23 miles wide.
Go hiking to the Island Park Ranger Station and find the Big Spring Nature Trail where you can view lots of wildlife, or hike around Mesa Falls or Harriman State Park. Fly-fishing is world famous on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, and you’ll find the brook trout, cutthroat trout, and a rainbow-cutthroat hybrid in Henry’s Lake. With so much snowfall at Island Park, it’s a premier spot for cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. There are literally hundreds of groomed trails. Other attractions are Island Park Reservoir, Railroad Ranch, Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake and a whole lot more. To get here, the closest major airport is Idaho Falls Regional Airport which is about 90 minutes to Island Park. Bozeman, Mt. Airport is approx. 2-hours away. You can also get on US 26 out of Jackson going to US 20 directly to Island Park.
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