Harriman State Park - Cross Country Ski, Hike, Horseback, and Snowshoe near Island Park, Idaho
Island Park,Idaho
44.3224800636, -111.46049954
8.3 miles SW of Island Park, Idaho
GPS: 44°19'20.9"N 111°27'37.8"W
Maps | Directions
State: Idaho

Fall Colors

Cross Country Ski, Hike, Horseback, and Snowshoe

Harriman State Park is found 38 miles from Yellowstone along Henry's Fork. This 11,000-acre wildlife refuge is open year round for most activities. In addition to having beautiful scenery and wildlife, the area also has several houses that were built when the park was a privately owned ranch. The area is home to one of the best fly-fishing streams in the country, an eight mile portion of Henry's Fork river. There are many activities here including horseback riding, hiking, tours of the ranch, and fly-fishing.

During the summer, the trails through Harriman are a great place to hike and explore. There are plenty of wildflowers growing and the lakes and rivers flow nicely. Visitors will be able to see plenty of small wildlife, including swans on Silver lake, and there might even be a chance to see a moose or a bear. Part of the park crosses into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Along the river, there are beautiful views of the Tetons and the Yellowstone Plateau. 

In the winter, the park is home to more than 24 miles of Nordic ski trails. The trails all vary in level of difficulty and distance. Most of the trails will go around Silver Lake and loop back towards the ranch houses. Other winter activites include fat biking and snowshoeing. The ranch houses are great in the winter because several have large fireplaces to warm up by. 

The ranch houses can be rented out by visitors and have different accommodations for each house. Some of the houses include large gathering areas great for large groups of people. During different seasonns of the year the park offers events for the general public including star gazing and music camps. 

This is an Idaho State Park and there are day use fees. Passes have reciprocity with Mesa Falls State Park which is only about 20 minutes away.

2.7K Edited by cteicheira

Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

More Info
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Island Park, Idaho

  1. Head south on Hwy 20 W toward Riverside Dr (8.6 mi)
  2. Turn right toward 167/Green Canyon Rd (0.3 mi)
  3. Continue onto 167/Green Canyon Rd (0.2 mi)
  4. Turn right (0.1 mi)
  5. Turn left
    Destination will be on the left
    (95 ft)
or

Located 18 miles north of Ashton, ID on Highway 20 between mile markers 379 & 380, or 40 miles south of West Yellowstone, MT on Highway 20. 

Turn off on the Green Canyon Rd. and travel 1/2 mile to the Park Entrance.

to add photos & videos and suggest edits

Guest Review/Comments

/5

camilledupar

9/6/17 2:31 pm 5/30/15
I went with my family over the long weekend, and we were able to rent a cabin together there. We took a short hike that started near the cabin, but couldn't go too far since we had young children with us who got tired. We heard what sounded like an engine revving, but it turned out to be a bird called the ruffled grouse; they flap their wings really fast, making the sound. On Saturday, we woke up to see 2 moose across the field from behind the cabin, just on the edge of the tree line beside the marsh. After breakfast, we found the rangers doing a fun activity for the kids, which included several stations with activities like a race across a big field, and measuring their 'wingspan' to compare their arms to a bird's wings; these were to teach about the kinds of animals in the refuge. I returned the next weekend with my aunt to participate in a nature journalling activity that the rangers had advertised, and it was a wonderfully peaceful chance to tune in to nature and out of the commotion of everyday life. Along the river, we saw a marmont swimming, which was pretty cool.
Reply

netjim1

7/13/17 12:42 pm 7/1/17

nlrventures

7/13/17 12:23 pm
Had one of the best nights of my life here. We packed in on horses in the fall and heard the Elk Bugling all around us with amazing dutch oven food. Does it get better? If you've never heard the Elk this is the place to go!!!
Reply

elico3000

6/23/17 9:38 am 7/9/16
Harriman is very beautiful and there are a lot of trail options, many of which a pretty flat and there is almost something beautiful to look at. It was great for a family nature walk but I think I'll need to head up one of the higher trails next time. I'd really like to come in the early morning during elk rut to see the fall colors and hear (and hopefully see) the elk.
Reply

cteicheira

4/24/17 10:35 am 2/15/14
Went cross country skiing out there for the first time. I had not gone cross country skiing before, and the trails were not too difficult for a first time skier. The views of the lake and other scenery was beautiful. We were able to see some swans on the lake and learn more about the history of the park. I would love to go again in the summer or fall and hike around someday.
Reply
Edit Review Delete Review
Reply Cancel
Henry's Fork courtesy of Courtney Teicheira Henry's Fork courtesy of Courtney Teicheira↗
Pond at Harriman State Park courtesy of Courtney Teicheira Pond at Harriman State Park courtesy of Courtney Teicheira↗ Silver Lake Trail courtesy of Courtney Teicheira Silver Lake Trail courtesy of Courtney Teicheira↗ Harriman Silver Lake courtesy of katiemia Harriman Silver Lake courtesy of katiemia↗ Harriman Summer Trail Map Harriman Summer Trail Map Harriman State Park by IdahoParksRec W4F - Fly Fishing Henry's Fork, Idaho

Trails

Distance ?

3.3 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-8 feet

Real Ascent ?

113 feet

Real Descent ?

121 feet

Avg Grade (-0°)

-0%

Grade (-5° to 5°)

-9% to 8%

Distance ?

2.8 miles

Elevation Gain ?

1 feet

Real Ascent ?

178 feet

Real Descent ?

177 feet

Avg Grade (0°)

0%

Grade (-8° to 9°)

-15% to 16%

Distance ?

1.6 miles

Elevation Gain ?

0 feet

Real Ascent ?

91 feet

Real Descent ?

91 feet

Avg Grade (0°)

0%

Grade (-4° to 4°)

-6% to 7%

Distance ?

0.6 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-251 feet

Real Ascent ?

10 feet

Real Descent ?

261 feet

Avg Grade (-4°)

-8%

Grade (-14° to 5°)

-25% to 8%

Distance ?

2.7 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-9 feet

Real Ascent ?

451 feet

Real Descent ?

460 feet

Avg Grade (-0°)

-0%

Grade (-17° to 18°)

-30% to 33%

Distance ?

1.2 miles

Elevation Gain ?

1 feet

Real Ascent ?

74 feet

Real Descent ?

73 feet

Avg Grade (0°)

0%

Grade (-10° to 6°)

-18% to 10%

Distance ?

4.7 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-1 feet

Real Ascent ?

357 feet

Real Descent ?

358 feet

Avg Grade (-0°)

-0%

Grade (-7° to 11°)

-13% to 19%

Distance ?

0.7 miles

Elevation Gain ?

2 feet

Real Ascent ?

50 feet

Real Descent ?

48 feet

Avg Grade (0°)

0%

Grade (-5° to 5°)

-10% to 8%

Distance ?

2.4 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-1 feet

Real Ascent ?

93 feet

Real Descent ?

94 feet

Avg Grade (-0°)

-0%

Grade (-6° to 3°)

-10% to 6%

Distance ?

2.8 miles

Elevation Gain ?

0 feet

Real Ascent ?

191 feet

Real Descent ?

191 feet

Avg Grade (0°)

0%

Grade (-5° to 8°)

-9% to 14%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

Other Hiking Trails, Cross Country Ski Trails, Horseback Trails, and Snowshoe Trails Nearby

Sheep Falls on Henry's Fork

Ashton, Idaho

9.1 miles S

Sheep Falls cascades approximately 25' through a narrow basalt chute on the North Fork of the Snake River near Island Park, Idaho. Compared to nearby Lower and Upper Mesa Falls, that height...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Mesa Falls

Ashton, Idaho

11.4 miles SE

Upper Mesa Falls, aka Big Falls, is an absolutely awesome waterfall on the Henrys Fork of the Snake River. The falls drop 114 ft. and measure 300 ft. across. To get to the falls from the parking lot...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

0.3-0.6 mi

Bear Gulch

Ashton, Idaho

14.7 miles SE

Bear Gulch is an abandoned ski hill out of operation since 1969. While the vegetation is beginning to take over, there's still some great sledding to be had. It's just far enough into the...

Camp, Cross-country Ski, Hike, Sled

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

cross-country ski Cross Country Ski Trail

sled Sledding Hill

Big Springs

Island Park, Idaho

15.7 miles NE

There's also a great little walking trail along the river with placards that tell about the ecosystem and history of the area. There's about a 1/2 mile that's paved and then a 1/2 mile...

Camp, Hike

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

3.2-47.0 mi

Yellowstone Branch Line Trail

Ashton, Idaho

15.8 miles SE

Yellowstone branch line trail runs from Warm River to the Montana border totaling 39 miles. There are a few places to jump on and off the trail as well as a few smaller trails that branch off of this...

Backpack, Cross-country Ski, Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Biking Trail

hike Hiking Trail

cross-country ski Cross Country Ski Trail

horseback Horseback Trail

backpack Backpacking Trail

7.6 mi

Mount Jefferson

Island Park, Idaho

16.0 miles N

Mount Jefferson, at 10, 203 feet is the highest point in the Centennial Mountains, a small, local range on the border of Idaho and Montana a little west of Yellowstone. These mountains consist of a...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

4.2 mi

Lake Marie

Island Park, Idaho

16.0 miles N

Lake Marie sits on the North slope of Mount Jefferson in Fremont County, Idaho. The trail to get there cuts back and forth across the Idaho Montana border 4 times. Much of the trail is fairly flat...

Backpack, Hike

hike Hiking Trail

backpack Backpacking Trail

Pine Butte / The Caldera

St. Anthony, Idaho

18.4 miles W

This is about as close to an oasis as you can get in the deserts of Idaho. It's an old volcano in the middle of the sagebrush desert. As soon as you start down the path, you can feel the air...

Camp, Hike, Horseback

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

horseback Horseback Trail

0.8 mi

Conant Creek Pegram Truss Railroad Bridge

Ashton, Idaho

20.9 miles S

As part of the Rails to Trails project, this old railroad bridge has been transformed into a very safe little viewing experience for the whole family. You can drive right up to the bridge where there...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Aldous Lake and Hancock Lake

Kilgore, Idaho

23.6 miles NW

A pair of alpine lakes near Kilgore, Idaho. Good road all the way to the trailhead. Easy to moderate 1.5mi hike to the first lake (Aldous) and another mile of moderate hiking to Hancock. Beautiful...

Backpack, Camp, Hike, Horseback, Swim

swim Swimming Hole

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

horseback Horseback Trail

backpack Backpacking Trail

Cave Falls of Yellowstone

Ashton, Idaho

26.0 miles SE

This campgrond is situated on the banks of Fall River in Wyoming along the south border of Yellowstone National Park. Cave Falls Campground has 23 single site units and a terrific area for...

Camp, Hike

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

Henry's Fork Green Way (St. Anthony Green Belt)

Saint Anthony, Idaho

27.5 miles SW

This is a great walk along the river. While it is nestled right next to the highway, the closeness and beauty of the river flowing on the other side of the trail more than make up for it. Halfway...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

14.8-42.0 mi

Mr. Bubbles Hot Spring

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

28.9 miles E

Mr. Bubbles is one of the few places you can actually soak in the thermal waters of Yellowstone National Park. The Bechler area of Yellowstone is one of the best kept secrets of the otherwise densely...

Hike, Hot Springs

hike Hiking Trail

hot springs Hot Spring

Bitch Creek Trestle

Tetonia, Idaho

29.8 miles SE

As part of the Rails to Trails project, this old railroad bridge has been transformed into a very safe little viewing experience for the whole family. You can drive right up to the bridge where...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Union Falls

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

30.6 miles E

Backpack and Hike near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Backpack, Hike

hike Hiking Trail

backpack Backpacking Trail

Mystic Falls

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

32.0 miles E

This trail follows a lovely creek through mixed conifer forest to the 70-foot falls, over which the Little Firehole River drops from the Madison Plateau. Turn around here or climb the switchbacks to...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Howard Eaton Trail

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

32.4 miles E

Howard Eaton Trail is a 13.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Old Faithful Geyser

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

32.6 miles E

Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, United States. It was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Observation Peak

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

32.7 miles E

Observation Peak is the perfect place to overlook Yellowstone's beautiful mountains and scenery. On the hike, you will see Cascade lake which can make a perfect resting area before ascending on...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Mallard Lake

Yellowstone National Park Wyoming

32.8 miles E

The trail crosses the Firehole River, passes Pipeline Hot Springs, and climbs rolling hills of partially-burned lodgepole pine and open, rocky areas to the lake. Return the same way, or if you have...

Hike

hike Hiking Trail

Nearby Campsites

Upper Coffee Pot Campground

Island Park, Idaho

12.6 miles N

Upper Coffeepot Campground stretches along a floatable section of Henry's Fork of the Snake River. A mixed growth lodgepole pine forest provides partial shade and summer wildflowers are...

Camp, Canoe

camp Campsite

canoe Canoeing Area

0.3-0.6 mi

Bear Gulch

Ashton, Idaho

14.7 miles SE

Bear Gulch is an abandoned ski hill out of operation since 1969. While the vegetation is beginning to take over, there's still some great sledding to be had. It's just far enough into the...

Camp, Cross-country Ski, Hike, Sled

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

cross-country ski Cross Country Ski Trail

sled Sledding Hill

Big Springs

Island Park, Idaho

15.7 miles NE

There's also a great little walking trail along the river with placards that tell about the ecosystem and history of the area. There's about a 1/2 mile that's paved and then a 1/2 mile...

Camp, Hike

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

Warm River Campground

Ashton, Idaho

15.8 miles SE

Warm River Campground is located nine miles northeast of Ashton, Idaho, along the slow-moving Warm River at an elevation of 5,200 feet. Willows line the riverbanks and pine trees offer partial...

Camp

camp Campsite

Pine Butte / The Caldera

St. Anthony, Idaho

18.4 miles W

This is about as close to an oasis as you can get in the deserts of Idaho. It's an old volcano in the middle of the sagebrush desert. As soon as you start down the path, you can feel the air...

Camp, Hike, Horseback

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

horseback Horseback Trail

Porcupine Creek

Ashton, Idaho

20.2 miles SE

Porcupine Creek is a hunting, fishing, camping, and swimming spot near Ashton, Idaho in Fremont County within Targhee National Forest.  It's surrounded by forests, meadows, and a creek...

Camp, Swim

swim Swimming Hole

camp Campsite

Horseshoe Lake

Ashton, Idaho

21.0 miles SE

Horseshoe Lake is hidden back in the Targhee National Forest. It's a beautiful lake with plenty of lily pads. The road to get there is well maintained and there are many options for pull-outs...

Camp, Canoe, Dive, Swim

swim Swimming Hole

camp Campsite

canoe Canoeing Area

dive Diving Platform

Aldous Lake and Hancock Lake

Kilgore, Idaho

23.6 miles NW

A pair of alpine lakes near Kilgore, Idaho. Good road all the way to the trailhead. Easy to moderate 1.5mi hike to the first lake (Aldous) and another mile of moderate hiking to Hancock. Beautiful...

Backpack, Camp, Hike, Horseback, Swim

swim Swimming Hole

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

horseback Horseback Trail

backpack Backpacking Trail

Sheep Falls on Fall River

Ashton, Idaho

24.8 miles SE

The lesser known Sheep Falls on Fall River is a local treasure off of Cave Falls road. There are primitive campsites and beautiful views for a great picnic spot. The water splits and comes down in...

Camp

camp Campsite

Cave Falls of Yellowstone

Ashton, Idaho

26.0 miles SE

This campgrond is situated on the banks of Fall River in Wyoming along the south border of Yellowstone National Park. Cave Falls Campground has 23 single site units and a terrific area for...

Camp, Hike

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

Wade Lake

Cameron, Montana

34.0 miles N

Camp, Canoe, Kayak, and Swim near Cameron, Montana

Camp, Canoe, Kayak, Swim

swim Swimming Hole

camp Campsite

canoe Canoeing Area

kayak Kayaking Area

Badger Creek

Tetonia, Idaho

35.4 miles SE

Badger Creek is a stream located just 13.6 miles from Ashton, in Teton County, in the state of Idaho, United States, near France, ID. Whether you’re spinning, baitcasting or fly fishing your...

Camp, Cross-country Ski, Hike, Mountain Bike, Rock Climb

rock climb Rock Climbing Wall

mountain bike Mountain Biking Trail

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

cross-country ski Cross Country Ski Trail

Madison Campground Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

36.7 miles NE

Madison Campground is named for its proximity to the Madison River, which runs through the area in a lush mountain setting rich in wildlife. Madison Campground is at an elevation of 6,800’ and...

Camp

camp Campsite

0.8-1.3 mi

Warm Slough Campground

Rexburg, Idaho

37.2 miles SW

This is a pretty popular campsite that fills up pretty quick on busy weekends. Campsites are fairly spread out and there is no official donation box (as of July 2015). A couple of the campsites...

Airsoft, Camp, Canoe

airsoft Airsoft Field

camp Campsite

canoe Canoeing Area

0.2-0.5 mi

Eagle Park

Rexburg, Idaho

37.6 miles SW

Eagle Park is a little urban oasis. Once you drive in, you may forget that merely 1 block ago you were in town. You can camp, picnic, throw rocks in the river, fish, mountain bike, or just go for a...

Camp, Hike, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Biking Trail

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

Stoddard Creek

Spencer, Idaho

37.9 miles W

Stoddard Creek Campground is located just 1 mile off I-15 and 17 miles north of the town of Dubois, Idaho. Visitors come to the area to enjoy the abundance of trails, wildlife viewing opportunities...

Camp

camp Campsite

Beaver Dick Park

Rexburg, Idaho

40.9 miles SW

Beaver Dick Park is west of Rexburg 4.5 miles on Hwy. 33 and is maintained by Madison County Parks Department. It is a 9.5 acre park situated on the west bank of the Henry’ Fork of the Snake...

Camp, Swim

swim Swimming Hole

camp Campsite

Lewis Lake

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

41.3 miles E

Lewis Lake is located in the U. S. state of Wyoming in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Shoshone Lake, and approximately 10 miles (16 km) southwest...

Camp, Canoe, Kayak

camp Campsite

canoe Canoeing Area

kayak Kayaking Area

6.9 mi

Heart Lake Trail

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

42.6 miles E

The trail is very clear and leads to a moderate eight mile hike to Heart Lake. This hike has many possibilities. Day hikers need to push their time to make sure they are on the trail early to allow...

Backpack, Camp, Hike, Hot Springs

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

hot springs Hot Spring

backpack Backpacking Trail

1.3 mi

Webster's Dam

Ririe, Idaho

43.8 miles S

Also known as Manmade Falls, Webster Dam is an abandoned dam located deep in Moody Creek canyon, the dam was abandoned when sediment built up behind the dam which then caused the stream to split and...

Camp, Hike, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Biking Trail

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

More Campsites Near Harriman State Park:

Campsites

Embed Arena

Where do you plan to embed this code?

<script src="https://www.freearenas.com/embed/ae8313744"></script>

Copy
×
loading...

Add an Arena

Just some quick info about this location to get started...

New Collection

Update Review

/5

Edit Your Experience

Log Your Visit to This Location

We've logged that you went. Is there anything else you want to add?

Thank you for your review/comment

We've recorded your comments. Is there anything else you want to add?

By recording your visit on FreeArenas.com, you'll have a collection of all the great places you've been and provide valuable information for yourself and others in the future.

Have you been to this location?

/5
Cancel