Attractions of Island Park Idaho
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Geyser

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.

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton Reflections, Grand Teton 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.

Upper Mesa Falls • photography sight seeing
Upper Mesa Falls, Island Park Upper Mesa Falls is a majestic sight
Lower Mesa Falls • photography sight seeing
Lower Mesa Falls, Island Park 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
Flyfishing the Henrys Fork 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
Trout, Big Springs, Island Park

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
Yellowstone Wildlife 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.
Herriman State Park
Fly-fisherman, Herriman State Park Harriman State Park is a public recreation area located on the 11,000-acre Harriman Wildlife Refuge in Fremont County, three miles south of Island Park in eastern Idaho, United States. The state park is within the Henry's Fork Caldera in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Henry's Lake • fly fishing and camping
Henrys 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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Park Tours, Wildlife Safari and Photo Tours

The Hole Picture Photo Safaris

Escape from the routine and indulge your passion for photography in a  “The Hole Picture Photo Safari” Yellowstone or Grand Teton photo tour. Discover the spirit of place and the magic of light of the Greater Yellowstone. Refine your personal style. Hone your technical skills. Treat yourself to an experience where you are welcomed by others who are just as passionate at chasing light as yourself. You deserve it!................................more info

 

Yellowstone

Red Spouter
Red Spouter Mud Pot

Yellowstone National Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world to experience its natural wonders and embarrassment of riches. Visitors come to experience timeless natural wonders in a season of breathtaking contrasts: Old Faithful’s boiling eruptions shooting into sub-zero air; waterfalls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone frozen as if by a spell; bison, perhaps even wolves, crossing steaming thermal basins.

Yellowstone visitors are increasingly demanding specific opportunities and qualities of their visits to Yellowstone and now many private tours can be customized. Guides love sharing park history, park ecology, natural history, and instructing nature photography. Private safaris and park tours allow the entire trip to be tailored to you and your group. These safaris provide maximum flexibility and personal attention.

elk chasing wolves
Cow elk chasing wolves in Yellowstone

There are three resources that should be seen by all Yellowstone visitors. The first being the hydrothermal features, principally the geysers, and hot springs. Yellowstone hosts the greatest number of geysers anywhere on earth. Thermal features can be found throughout the park, yet the highest concentration of geysers and hot springs is in the Old Faithful area. The average visitor to this area can easily find these resources but without a guide may leave without understanding them.

The second must-see resource is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River including its two waterfalls including 109-foot Upper Falls and the 308-foot Lower Falls. The third resource of Yellowstone is its prodigious wildlife population.

Explore "America's Serengeti" and discover the Animals of Yellowstone National Park on a guided learning adventure. Wildlife Safaris help visitors see all kinds of wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Geo-ecosystem and providing fascinating educational experiences in a fun and relaxed environment. Animals that may be observed during our expeditions include elk, moose, bison, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mule deer, wolves and bears.

Grand Teton National Park

Fall Grand Teton Nationa Park
Fall Grand Teton National Park

If you are coming to Jackson Hole, Wyoming a great way to see the best of it would be to take a park tour through Grand Teton National Park. Tour guides are highly knowledgeable and will offer all sorts of information and facts about the wildlife, flora, geology and human history.

Grand Teton National Park preserves a spectacular landscape rich with majestic mountains, pristine lakes and extraordinary wildlife. The abrupt vertical rise of the jagged Teton Range contrasts with the horizontal sage-covered valley and glacial lakes at their base, creating world-renowned scenery that attracts nearly four million visitors per year.

Grand Teton National Park owes its spectacular scenery to earthquakes. Boasting the youngest and steepest mountain range in the west, containing some of the oldest rocks on earth, featuring glaciers and glacier-carved lakes, abundant wildlife and a myriad of wildflowers. As you enter the incredible landscapes of Grand Teton National Park, you will stand in awe of some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere.

Oxbow sunrise, thunderstorm
Oxbow sunrise, thunderstorm

The Snake River, a defining feature of the park, offering varied habitats for wildlife and recreation for visitors and a fix for fly-fishing addicts, cutthroat and rainbow trout populate the river, drawing bald eagles and fishermen alike. Industrious beavers have dammed parts of the river, creating calm waters where moose feed on willows and aquatic plants--Schwabacher Ponds and Oxbow Bend are particularly good places to look.

Away from the river, grazing animals like bison, elk, mule deer and pronghorns thrive on the park’s extensive sagebrush flats. The porous soil that underlies the flats holds little water, but supports more life than one might think, including 20 types of grass, colorful spring flowers and several rodent species.

Antelope Flats, along Highway 89 on the eastern edge of the park, is a particularly good place to find bison. If you’re lucky, you might see a coyote or wolf hunting the sagebrush flats

Vacations aren't complete without seeing the mountain ranges of this region. It's a destination loved by young and old and something not to be missed. Sit back and relax and enjoy a guided park tour through the Grand Tetons.

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