Island Park Snowmobiling - Kabino

Island Park Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling in Island Park, Idaho, can be a thrilling experience with its scenic trails and beautiful landscapes. Here are some things you should know:

  1. Trail System: Island Park has an extensive network of snowmobile trails that cover a variety of terrains, including open meadows and dense forests. The area is known for its well-groomed trails suitable for riders of different skill levels.
  2. Snow Conditions: Check the current snow conditions before heading out. Fresh powder can enhance the snowmobiling experience, but it’s essential to be aware of the weather and avalanche risks.
  3. Rental Services: If you don’t have your own snowmobile, there are rental services available in Island Park. Make reservations in advance, especially during peak seasons.
  4. Guided Tours: Consider joining a guided snowmobiling tour, especially if you’re new to the area or snowmobiling in general. Guides can provide valuable insights into the terrain and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
  5. Safety Gear: Always wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, goggles, and insulated clothing. Be prepared for varying weather conditions, as temperatures can be quite cold in winter.
  6. Rules and Regulations: Familiarize yourself with local regulations and rules for snowmobiling in Island Park. Respect trail closures and designated routes to preserve the environment and ensure safety.
  7. Avalanche Safety: If you plan to venture into backcountry areas, take an avalanche safety course and carry the necessary safety equipment, including a beacon, probe, and shovel.
  8. Wildlife Awareness: Island Park is home to diverse wildlife. Be aware of your surroundings and maintain a safe distance from any wildlife you encounter.
  9. Fuel and Supplies: Ensure your snowmobile is adequately fueled before starting your journey. Carry essentials like water, snacks, and a basic toolkit in case of any mechanical issues.
  10. Permits and Fees: Check if there are any permits or fees required for snowmobiling in the area. Obtain the necessary permits to comply with local regulations.

Click on the orange links below for more information!

Rules & Regulations

*You must ride on roads and trails, go slow thru neighborhoods, and not ride on private property.*

 

Idaho State Parks & Recreation Snowmobiling

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation wants to make sure you are prepared, educated and legal before you take to the trail on your snowmobile. To find snowmobile trail maps across the state visit the Idaho Trail Mapping Program. Learn more about snowmobile laws, Idaho rules and guidelines, safety, trip planning and much more by viewing the Snowmobiling in Idaho brochure.

 

Yellowstone Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program

The Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program permits people to snowmobile in Yellowstone without the presence of a commercial guide. All snowmobilers must either be on a guided tour or have a current permit.

Rentals

There are a few different places in Island Park and West Yellowstone that you can rent or buy sleds, gear, and clothing from. Some even have a service and parts department. They’re all very friendly and helpful, and can provide advice and trail maps. Don’t be shy with your questions. There’s not much they don’t know! Each vendor has their own makes and models for rent, so shop around until you find the perfect fit for your group. Oftentimes they book up fast, so plan ahead and get your reservations early! Here are a few options.
High Mark Rentals
High Mountain Adventures
Island Park Adventures
Yellowstone Adventures
Yellowstone Escapes

 

Guided Tours

Yellowstone Adventures (Caribou-Targhee National Forest)
Yellowstone National Park

 

Trail Maps

You can pick up trail maps and many of the local business in Island Park, or use one of these. Cell phone signal is not great in many spots in Island Park, so an offline map is a wise choice.

 

Groomed Snowmobile Trails Mapping

This Trails.Idaho.gov application shows groomed trail opportunities across the State of Idaho. Zoom in and click on an individual route to get more information about the route. An interactive mapping application funded by your Idaho Snowmobile Sticker funds. To plan great rides, use this tool to find trails and trailheads, and check back often for grooming status updates powered by GPS tracker technology.

 

Use the Forest Service Visitor map on web or download the mobile app

Click the magnifying glass and select State: Idaho, and select Forest: Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

 

Use the Avenza mobile app

The Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) displays National Forest System (NFS) routes (roads and trails) or areas designated as open to motorized travel. The MVUM also displays allowed uses by vehicle class (ex. highway-legal vehicles, vehicles 50 inches in width or less and motorcycles), seasonal allowances, distance allowances, and provides information on other travel rules and regulations. Zoom in and click on an individual route to get more information about the route.

Local Info

Big Springs Warming Hut

The warming hut can accommodate up to 200 people. It is fully enclosed and has a concrete floor. Several picnic tables are inside, along with a wood-burning stove for cool weather. Electrical outlets, overhead lighting, and firewood are provided inside the building. There are waterless restrooms adjacent to the warming hut that are available for users to this area. Please do your part and pack out all garbage when you leave the warming hut/restroom!

 

Webcams

Henry’s Fork Snake River Live Video Webcam near Mack’s Inn (North of Yale-Kilgore Rd off Hwy 20)
Henry’s Fork Snake River Live Video Webcam at Trouthunter (South of Yale-Kilgore Rd off Hwy 20)
Hwy-87 Raynolds Pass Regular Webcam Screenshots (Montana/Idaho border NorthWest of Henrys Lake)
High Mountain Adventures Live Webcam near Golf Course (North of Yale-Kilgore Rd off Hwy 20)

Winter Resources

Winter weather, harsh winds, and road conditions can lead to multiple day shutdowns. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Plan ahead and make sure you have extra food and water on the off chance that you are stuck either in the rental or your vehicle until the weather subsides and plowing has made their rounds. Use caution when standing near a pitched roof, as roof slides do happen! Don’t knock icicles from roof, as it may also cause a slide. We don’t want you or any of your guests to be hurt!
Fremont County Parks & Recreation Snowmobiling
Fremont County Emergency Management Facebook page
Fremont County Snowmobile Trail Report/Blog
Regional Conditions for Centennial Range
Avalanche Awareness for Centennial Range

Our Favorite local Snowmobiling Videos

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