If you’re a fan of winter wonderlands and endless adventure then Island Park, Idaho is the perfect destination for you. With over 950 miles of nearby trails and some of the best powder on the planet, Island Park is a favorite winter destination for many sledders. In addition, there are some great outfitters and guides operating in the area…so you can even hop a flight with no need to drag your machine along! Join us as we go over some of the best tips and helpful information for enjoying an amazing snowmobile vacation to Island Park.

Rent a snowmobile

The first item on your checklist is lining up the perfect snowmobile(s) for you and your crew. Thankfully, for those that either don’t own a sled or don’t want to transport theirs, Island Park is home to a few great outfitters who can handle everything from rental of the machines to fully guided trail tours.

  • Island Park Adventures, located just off N Highway 20, offers both 1 and 2-seat Ski Doos and also offers guided tours for up to 12 people along the local trails (not in the backcountry).
  • Another popular outfitter is High Mountain Adventures. They offer machines for both single and double riders, and even rental of gear such as suits, bibs, goggles, helmets, boots, and more. They have some guided tours, including backcountry adventures and even moose viewing! Keep in mind, their rental season ends March 15.
  • Island Park Backcountry Rentals offers Polaris, Ski Doo, and Arctic Cat rentals and has the perfect machine for any level of rider. They too offer gear rental, and are one of the premier rental outfits in the area that is geared toward backcountry exploration.


See Our Island Park Rentals Here!

Local tips and rules

Once you have your snowmobile lined up, it’s time to refresh your memory on some local tips, rules, and regulations that will make for a safe and enjoyable experience. Don’t forget to visit the Idaho State Parks and Recreation site for snowmobiling!

  • Always wear appropriate safety gear, including helmets, goggles, and protective clothing.
  • Familiarize yourself with local regulations and trail maps before heading out.
  • Ride within your skill level and stay on designated trails to protect the area and its wildlife habitats. And never ride alone.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions and avalanche risks, especially when riding in backcountry areas. Consult avalanche risk maps before you plan.
  • Ride responsibly and respect other trail users, including hikers, skiers, and wildlife.
  • Let someone know of your planned routes and itinerary.
  • Remember the speed limit is 45mph on trails, and 10mph in neighborhoods.
  • Don’t consider going up to the mountain tops until you’ve done an avalanche class and have proper gear.


Maps and Webcams

When you’re ready to head out, you’ll be greeted with an almost limitless list of options for trails near Island Park. A great reference for the overall area is this US Forest Service Trail Map of the area. And this handy Island Park Webcam allows you to look in on any snow flying right as it’s happening! Make sure to check out our Island Park Area Guide on Snowmobiling for even more info, maps, and webcams. Listed below are some of the most popular trails in the area that almost never disappoint:

  • Lionhead Loop: This scenic trail offers breathtaking views of Henry’s Lake and the surrounding mountains, making it a favorite among riders looking for Instagram-worthy views. Lionhead Snowmobile Trail can be accessed via Two Top Loop or Targhee National Forest trails.
  • Mt Two Top: Climb to the summit for panoramic views of the Teton Range and the Madison Plateau. This is a favorite for riders who are experienced and looking for a challenge that promises some spectacular views.
  • Targhee National Forest: With over 600 miles of groomed trails, there’s endless terrain to explore here and something for riders of all levels. From meandering forest trails to wide open meadows, Targhee is a vast wonderland.  
  • Stamp Meadows: Explore wide-open meadows and rolling hills on this popular trail, which is well-suited to families and beginner riders.
  • Red Rock Pass: This trail offers access to a network of interconnected trails and stunning viewpoints of Henrys Lake and the Centennial Mountains.
  • Black Canyon: Experience the thrill of riding through narrow canyons and towering cliffs on this challenging trail.


Book the perfect Homebase

With its stunning scenery and easy access to almost limitless trails, Island Park is a snowmobiler’s paradise that’s just waiting for you. So grab your gear and #PackYourBags for your favorite Kabino…..your adventure awaits! Check out some of our newest vacation rentals in Island Park to use as your perfect homebase!

Moonlight Symphony has a hot tub, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and sleeps 14.

Hidden Tracks has a hot tub, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and sleeps 10.

Buffalo Bliss is on the Buffalo River, has 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and sleeps 12.

Henrys Howl has a large driveway, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and sleeps 8.