Attractions of Island Park Idaho
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone's West entrance is only about 30 miles from Ashton and the south west corner is only about 25 miles where you can view the beautiful cave falls and fish the remote Bechler River.

Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the first and oldest national park in the world.
Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal wonders are evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes; its last eruption created a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the park.
An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air, Yellowstone is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet.
The human history of the park dates back 12,000 years. The events of the last 130 years of park history are reflected in the historic structures and sites associated with various periods of park administration and visitor facilities development.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park can be accessed by the rustic and adventurous Flag Ranch/Ashton road that will dump you off on the north end of the park. This is a Dirt road but a wonderful drive. You can find this road southeast of Ashton Idaho.

Established in 1929, Grand Teton National Park emerged from a complicated and controversial series of events. The park first consisted of the mountain range and several glacial lakes. Later the valley floor was protected as Jackson Hole National Monument. The two areas were combined in 1950.
Today the park encompasses nearly 310,000 acres and protects the Teton Range, Jackson Hole (mountain valley), a 50-mile portion of the Snake River, seven morainal lakes, over 100 back country and alpine lakes, and a wide range of wildlife and plant species.
The park is also rich in a cultural history that includes seven eras of human history: early peoples (paleo-indians), Native Americans (modern tribes), fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers/farmers, conservationists, and recreationalists. Climbing, hiking and backpacking, camping, fishing, wildlife and bird watching, horseback riding, boating on Jackson and Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake River, bicycling, and photography are all common activities in the area.
About 4 million visitors enjoy the park each year, most visit between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.

Upper Mesa Falls • photography sight seeing
Upper Mesa Falls is a majestic sight
Lower Mesa Falls • photography sight seeing
About a mile below Upper Mesa Falls you can find Lower Mesa Falls, equally majestic but it lacks the great access of upper Mesa Falls.
Henry's Fork of the Snake River • fly fishing rafting
The world famous fly fishing river The Henry's Fork of the Snake flows through the Island Park Plateau and provides many fishing and sightseeing opportunities.
The Falls River • fly fishing camping kayaking hiking
Cave Falls, Yellowstone National Park Tucked in the southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, the Falls River basin is truly a fisherman's and waterfall lover's paradise. The Fall River is aptly named because of the many waterfalls along its tributaries. This is the major river that drains the Cascade Corner, of Yellowstone Park. The four major streams in the Fall River drainage are the Belcher River, Boundary Creek, Mountain Ash creek and of course the Fall River. They begin on the Madison and Pitchstone plateaus and they carve canyons across Yellowstone Park's southwest corner. Some of Yellowstone's most beautiful waterfalls are in this area. As the runoff of many creeks drop off the Madison and Pitchstone Plateaus, many waterfalls are formed. With nearly 80 inches of annual precipitation, the Falls River drainage is one of the wettest portions of Yellowstone National Park. The Falls River is a backpacking, fisherman, and photographer's nirvana.
Island Park Snowmobiling
red Polaris full moon Island Park Idaho It is a snowmobilerÍs winter wonderland in the Island Park Idaho region where you can escape to prodigious hordes of powder and hundreds of miles of groomed trail; horizons of snow-capped peaks beckon, powder blanketed valleys of white entice you off your groomed trail, and breathtaking scenery stops you in your tracks. Each Winter Island Park is the beneficiary of average of 229 inches of snow. Hundreds of thousands of acres of public land are open to snowmobiling and exploring.
Big Springs

Big Springs as the name implies is one big spring that flows out of the mountainside into a large creek that rapidly turns into a small river.

Rainbow Trout wait under the nearby bridge for tourists to throw them food some get as big as 10 pounds.

Wildllife of the Yellowstone Region
Nowhere else in the United States, including Alaska, can the casual visitor observe such a striking diversity of "charismatic mega-fauna" (the large mammals) that abound in this region, Bald eagles, golden eagles, black bear, the elusive cougar, the wolverine, the pine marten and the gray wolf. Jackson Hole and Yellowstone are home to that most formidable icon of wildness, the grizzly bear. The region also hosts the largest herds of elk in North America and is one of the few remaining areas in the lower 48 states where the grizzly bear still roams in significant numbers, and is home to the largest free-ranging herd of bison in the lower 48 states.
Henry's Lake • fly fishing and camping
Henry's Lake This legendary fishery is a high mountain lake nestled between, the Centennial Mountains and the HenryÍs Lake Mountains, is fed by numerous small streams and springs and is the kind of place fishermen dream about. HenryÍs Lake is 4.5 miles long by 3.5 miles wide and is a relatively shallow lake, only about 25 feet in the deepest spot. The shallow water and heavy weed growth make Henry's Lake a fly fisher's dream. Henrys Lake is probably the finest fly-fishing lake in Idaho. Much of its water comes from springs, and the lakeÍs rich aquatic growth provides tremendous nourishment for fish. Like Jackson Lake, HenryÍs Lake is a natural lake that was tripled in size by a dam. HenryÍs Lake State Park, the Lake, and the world famous HenryÍs Fork Rivers that starts from the lake are all named after explorer Major Andrew Henry, a famous trapper and mountain man.

 


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