- hike 14
- camp 8
- backpack 5
- rock climb 5
- mountain bike 4
- cross-country ski 3
- sled 3
- cave 3
- horseback 3
- swim 2
- kayak 1
- dive 1
- disc golf 1
Ashton, Idaho10.0 miles NE of Ashton, Idaho
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 is 0.2 miles of paved walkway and several sturdy stairs with plenty of gaurdrails and handrails. There are several platforms along the route for viewing and taking photos. Catch it in the morning to see the rainbows in the lingering mist that often rises well above the platforms. There's a wheelchair accessible path that can get a pretty good view of the falls but does not go right down to it.
Lower Mesa Falls is about a mile down river from the Upper Falls. There's two great viewing options. One is from a cliff hovering 200 feet above the falls and the other is from the the Observation Site sitting 0.25 miles away and almost 500 feet above the falls. To get to the cliff above the falls, there's a trailhead on the South East end of the main parking lot. The trail is 1 mile each way (2 mile out and back) with about a 100 ft. difference in elevation (about the same as the stairs the the Upper Falls platforms). The trail goes through the woods well away from the river itself but there are no guardrails at the end when you're peering over the edge of the cliffs to see the waterfall. To see the falls from the observation site is free and the walk from your car to the lookout is only about 500 ft.
This is an Idaho State Park and there are day use fees. Passes have reciprocity with Harriman State Park which is only about 20 minutes away. Get there before 5pm to check out the old inn which has been transformed into a fun and informative visitor's center.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming17.6 miles N of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
At 13,770 feet above sea level, the Grand Teton towers majestic over Southeastern Idaho and Western Wyoming, making it a life goal of many amateur climbers and outdoor enthusiasts.
The more popular routes all begin at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead and continue up through Garnet Canyon and The Meadows before splitting North. Most routes require rock climbing equipment and are only for skilled climbers. A guide is highly encouraged on any route. With 3k feet of exposure, falling from multiple segments of the trail would mean certain death.
Trailhead altitude: 6,732 ft
Summit altitude: 13,770 ft
Rexburg Area Ice Caves
Rexburg, Idaho29.2 miles N of Rexburg, Idaho
Not to be mistaken with the Civil Defense Caves (which are near by), the Ice Caves are about an hour North outside of Rexburg. The Ice Caves were originally formed as lava tubes. Over the years they have maintained fairly cold temperatures and as moisture and water seeped in, it froze. The ice now remains frozen year round and makes for an awesome time. The ice caves are a few hundred yards deep and require good footwear, warm clothes and a flashlight to navigate.
Yellowstone Branch Line Trail
Ashton, Idaho7.6 miles NE of Ashton, Idaho
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 larger trail. A lot of the traffic covers small portions of this trail so not many people tackle the trail in its entirety. The trail offers a variety of different activities. It is open for backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and all terrain vehicles under a certain size. Depending on what you want to spend your day doing it’s a good idea to plan accordingly.
Also known as The Great Western Trail of Idaho, The Warm River Rail Trail, Route of the Yellowstone Special, or the northern portion of the Yellowstone Grand Teton Rail Trail.