As I promised, below are some great snowmobile adventure ideas for Central to Southern Idaho and West Yellowstone, Montana.
Mc Call, Idaho
Bear Creek Lodge just outside Mc Call is a perfect base for a snowmobile weekend. Not only are the accomodations inviting, offering cabins and lodge rooms with riding right from your door, but one of the areas largest parking lots is right across the street if you choose to bring your own sleds. A popular ride is a full day trip to the crystal clear hot pools of Burgdorf Hotsprings and the ghost town of Warren. Burgdorf is not your typical hot springs..it is rustic and accessible only by snowmobile in the winter. Enjoy the 6×6 ft. 113 degree spring box pool or the 50×85 ft. main pool, usually around 100 degrees. Caretakers onsite will rent towels and suits if you need and there is fuel and food available as well as cabins for rent. Continuing on, you can visit the historic gold mining town of Warren. Enjoy dinner and drinks and cozying up to the big wood stove at The Winter’s Inn before heading back to Bear Creek Lodge for the night. Sounds like an extremely enjoyable day with perfect powder and gorgeous mountain scenery.
The Ashley Inn offers guests first class accomodations with a fireplace in every room, bountiful breakfast each morning and a heated indoor pool and whirlpool. What a fantastic place to base your snowmobile adventure to Wellington Snow Park, just 18 miles south of Cascade. The snowpark offers 400 miles of trails, including 250 that are groomed including The Winter Wonderland Trail offering scenic views at over 7,900 feet. Cozy up to the huge fireplace usually roaring in the parks warming hut at the end of your ride or enjoy a delicious meal at the Cougar Mountain Lodge located just across the steet. Snowmobilers have access to the towns of Cascade, Mc Call, Ola, Stanley, Warm Lake and Garden Valley from this trail system.
Island Park, Idaho
Famous for the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River and it’s world class fly fishing, Island Park in the winter is magical. Just west of Yellowstone National Park are the world famous loop snowmobile trails of the Island Park area. Over 400+ miles of groomed trails on private and public land through the Targhee National Forest. Forested trails connect with the West Yellowstone trail system to provide access to mountains more than 8,000-feet high. Renowned Two Top Mountain is here with select hillclimbing and powder bowls. Popular stops include Big Springs, which is the headwaters of the Henrys Fork of the Snake River and Mesa Falls, on the southern end of Island Park. Places like the Angler’s Lodge offer “Bed & Sled” packages during the winter months to entice snowmobile enthusiasts to stay and play awhile. After a day exploring Idaho’s perfect powder, relax with dinner at Island Parks finest restaurant followed by a soak in the community hot tub or your own private jacuzzi.
West Yellowstone, MT
The 21st annual Snowmobile Expo is being held in West Yellowstone, Montana the 11-13th of March, 2011. EXPO is recognized worldwide as the “Largest Snowmobile Event in the West.” Arctic Cat, Polaris, Skidoo and Yamaha will unveil their new 2012 snowmobile lines for the first time to the public at the same location. This year combines annual favorite racing events with competitions including ATV racing, freestyle aerials, and a Toughman Enduro Race.
Contact Linda Bruno or Rhonda Sand at TMI Tours for rates, packages and information on attending this wild event at West Yellowstone or on any of our great snowmobile destinations in the Pacific Northwest. TMI Tours of Coeur d’Alene at 1-800-975-777 or [email protected]