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Harriman Snapshot

Location
28 miles S of West Yellowstone, MT
130 miles N of Pocatello, ID
258 miles N of Ogden, Utah
 
Acreage
11,000
 
Elevation
6,210
 
Open/hours
Year-round
 
Park office hours

Winter hours:  Daily 9-5pm.  (As staffing permits)

Summer hours:  Daily 8-5pm.  (As staffing permits)

Fall and Spring: Tues to Sat 8-3pm.  (As staffing permits)

 
Amenities
Flush toilets, picnic areas, meetings and overnight rental facilities
 
Summer Activities
Fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, historic Railroad Ranch tours
 
Dry Ridge Outfitters Horseback Rides
One and 2-hour, or half-day trail rides are available from June 1 through October 31.  With advance reservations, educational field trips and special rides for handicapped guests can be scheduled.  Call Dry Ridge Outfitters at (208) 558-RIDE (7433)
 
Unique Overnight Retreats
Dorms, bunkhouse, Scovel Center, cabins, yurts
 
Groups
Group dorms, kitchens, meeting and conference rooms, cabins
 
Winter Activities
A premier Nordic ski area with over 24-miles of groomed trails for skate and classic skiing, snowshoeing and fat bike riding
 
Trails
Hike, bike, horse, Nordic, snowshoe, fat bike trails
 
Wildlife
Trout, moose, trumpeter swan, elk
 
Learn
Writers at Harriman (a workshop for high school students), Mountains and Strings (a chamber music camp for kids)
 
Nearby
Henrys Fork of the Snake River, Henrys Lake State Park, Mesa Falls Recreation Area, Mesa Falls Scenic Byway (Idaho Highway 47), Big Springs Nature Trail, golf, Snowmobile trails, Yellowstone National Park
 
WiFi
WiFi is available at the Ranch Manager's House, Cattle Foreman's House, Bunkhouse, Cookhouse, Boys House, Scovel Center, Dormitory, Ranchview Parking Lot, Visitor Center and the Dry Ridge Outfitters concession.
 
Pets
During winter, dogs and their owners are encouraged to use the Harriman Hounds Trail, which can be accessed via the Visitor Center parking lot.  Other than on the Harriman Hounds Trail, pets are allowed in the parking lot only and must be on a leash. 
 

Owned by Union Pacific Railroad investors from 1902 to 1977, the park acreage served as a cattle ranch and private retreat for the Harriman and Guggenheim families. Today, Harriman State Park provides visitors a perfect setting to enjoy the unique history and natural beauty of the area.

See all Harriman events


Harriman State Park: Ranch.  Refuge.  Retreat.

Harriman State Park lies within a 16,000-acre wildlife refuge in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Known for its beautiful scenery and wildlife, Harriman State Park offers 22-miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails that slink through meadows, meander along river banks and through lush evergreen forests.  Some of the best fly fishing waters in the nation flow through 8 miles of Harriman State Park, known by anglers the world over as “the Ranch.”  Moose, elk and Trumpeter swans, the world’s largest waterfowl species, are a common sight at Harriman. 

Visitors can stay overnight in Harriman’s unique overnight facilities, such as the rustic Yurts or Ranch Manager’s House.  Harriman’s rental facilities are perfect for family events, weddings, retreats and learning conferences.  During the summer, tours of the historic Railroad Ranch buildings and interpretive nature programs are offered on weekends and holidays by our knowledgeable park rangers.  Winter activities include over 24 miles of groomed Nordic skiing trails, snowshoeing, and fat biking.  The historic Jones House serves as a warming hut on weekends, offering views of Henrys Fork and its wintering wildlife.  

Be sure to check out Harriman State Park on Facebook for up-to-date information about what's happening at the park.

This park is generously supported by the Friends of Harriman State Park.

 

 

 


The Railroad Ranch was the full-time or part-time home of Roland and Gladys Harriman, ranch managers, cattle foremen and cowboys. Now it can be your part-time home, too. Follow the links below for more details on the various lodging opportunities in Harriman State Park.

Railroad Ranch Dormitory & Dining Hall

  • Groups of 15 to 40 can reserve the rustic log dormitory and original Railroad Ranch Cookhouse

Bunkhouse & Cookhouse

  • Bunkhouse accommodates up to 13 people

Laura Clarke Scovel Education Center

  • The Scovel Education Center is a group facility with 10 cabins and a conference center surrounding a court yard

Boys House

  • The Boys House is a completely renovated meeting room with river front views

Ranch Manager's House

  • This 4-bedroom fully furnished log home has a modern kitchen, a rustic knotty-pine living room with a stone fireplace and an enclosed sun porch. It's perfect for that once-in-a-lifetime fly-fishing vacation

Cattle Foreman's House

  • This is a beautifully furnished three-bedroom cabin located within the historic Railroad Ranch. A wood burning stove, complete kitchen, bunk beds, and two queen size beds make this historic cabin an incredibly comfortable way to enjoy Harriman State Park. 

Harriman Yurts

 

 


Fat Bikes at Harriman

At Harriman State Park, biking is a year round sport –and Fat Bike riders can now enjoy access to 24 miles of groomed Nordic trails.  With fatter tires that provide traction in snowy conditions, Fat Bikes can ride groomed trails with ease, giving people of all skill levels a new way to explore the park.  With Harriman’s established winter grooming program and unique overnight rental facilities, adding Fatbikes to the park’s recreation experience is a great fit.  Welcoming Fat Bikes into the park has had many benefits, such as the creation of new and unique recreation experiences and opportunities, continued access to recreational trails, and having drawn new user groups to the park.  These benefits not only accomplish many goals of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreations’ Strategic Plan, but will generate revenue to help make Harriman a self-sustaining park that continues to offer exciting and diverse recreation opportunities.  In addition to the daily Motor Vehicle Entry Fee of $5, riders are charged a $5 per day Winter Access Fee, which supports Harriman’s trail grooming program.

Fat Bike Etiquette

Fat Bike riders are the new users on the trails; here are a few tips to keep in mind when riding:

  • Please respect others. Bikes yield to all other users. Downhill users yield to uphill users. Stop completely and step off the trail.
  • Please have a minimum width of 3.7-inch diameter tires with pressure of 5 P.S.I. or less.
  • Trails Conditions– Ride on the most firm part of the track.  Do not ride in soft snow conditions; if you leave a rut deeper than 1 inch, it’s too soft.
  • Please be prepared before venturing out.  Check local weather and road reports.
  • Dress in layers and bring a headlight if planning on riding into dusk.
  • Spread the word about Fat Biking, make it fun, keep it safe.
  • Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.
  • Please remember to pay your entrance and use fees.  Passes are available at the Visitor Center: Daily Winter Access Fee: $5  / Motor Vehicle Entry Fee: $5
  • Grooming operations are planned for two days a week (Monday and Friday evenings), weather and snow permitting.  Trail junctions are marked with a map and intersection number.
  • This is Harriman State Park’s first winter season building Fat Bike trails; please share your comments and suggestions to help us improve your recreation experience.

For more information, please contact Harriman State Park at 208-558-7368 or har@idpr.idaho.gov.


 

Harriman Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee
 

Winter Access Fee

 

$5 per vehicle
   

Daily: $5 per person, Season Pass:  $35 Individual, $50 Per Couple, $75 Per Family

(Winter Access Fees are charged in addition to your Motor Vehicle Entry Fees)

Ranch Manager's House

$160 - $236 per night

Cattle Foreman's House

$110 - $181 per night

Railroad Ranch Dorm & Dining Hall

$300 - $330 per night

Bunkhouse & Cookhouse

$200 - $220 per night

Scovel Education Center Cabins

$100 - $110 per night per cabin (minimum 5 cabins). Call park for reservations (208-558-7368)

Scovel Education Conference Center

Free with cabin rentals or $150 per day. Call park for reservations (208-558-7368)

Boys House Meeting Room

$80 per day | $50 half day. Call park for reservations (208-558-7368)

RESERVATIONS

1-888-9-CAMPID (888-922-6743)

For Scovel Center and Boys House Meeting Room call the park, 208-558-7368

Fees do not include sales tax

 

 


Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park, Island Park, ID 83429

 

Download Harriman maps

Location Map

Harriman Trail Map

Location Map for Premium Nordic Area

Connector Map for Harriman / Brimstone Ski Area

Winter Trail Map and Guide (B/W)

Winter Trail Map and Guice (color)

 

Trail Update:

Spring has sprung at Harriman State Park and seasonal trail closures are in effect. The John Muir Trail is closed at intersections 1 and 3. The River Trail is closed at intersections 2, 4, 5, and 7, and from the Silver lake dam to 4.  The Big Bend Loop is closed at intersections 10, 13, 14, 15, and 16. The East Gate Trail is also closed from intersection 13 to 13a at East Gate. These trails along the river will be closed for waterfowl nesting until June 15th.

The Ridge Trail will be closed for elk calving at Intersections 19, 20, and 23, and will reopen July 1st.

The Golden Lake Loop is also closed at intersections 15 and 16 to the Golden Lake Overlook, due to a dam failure and subsequent repairs.

Trail maps are available at the office. For more information, contact the park office at 208-558-7368.

 


Harriman Links and Events

Friends of Harriman State Park build a new fence in the park.

Become a Friend of Harriman State Parka citizen support group, which serves as a fund raising and volunteer partner for Harriman State Park. FHSP works in cooperation with the park to enhance and preserve the park's natural and cultural resources and visitor experience.FSHP is a project-driven group. With proceeds from the "Buy a Buck" campaign, the group has replaced the historic jack fence along highw
ay 20, produced the "Harriman Legacy" DVD, teamed up with Writers at Harriman, started anative plants garden at the Harriman Visitor Center. They have also written a number of grants for projects that will directly benefit Harriman State Park.
 
 
Writers at Harriman is a one week workshop for high school students held the first week of August every year.
 
Mountains and Strings is a chamber music camp held for kids in mid July.

 


Mesa Falls

Mesa Falls Recreation Area is owned by the US Forest Service and co-managed by Harriman State Park.

Summer/Spring

Big Falls Inn, an interpretive building and store, is open from Memorial weekend to mid-September from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Don't miss Lower Mesa Falls, which is about a mile away.

Winter

In the winter, Scenic Byway 47 does not remain open to vehicles but is groomed for snowmobile traffic.The falls are only accessible by snowmobile or cross-country skies and visitors can park at Bear Gulch on Scenic Hwy 47 east of Ashton and ski or snowmobile the packed road 5 miles to Mesa Falls. Snowmobilers can also reach Mesa Falls from Hwy 20 via Scenic Byway 47, which is a 14-mile scenic ride. The Big Falls Inn is open on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from the first week in January to the second week in March and you can go in and warm up by the fire. The trail down to the falls is very snow packed and icy and visitors should use extreme caution if attempting this scenic view. 

More information

 
 
 
 

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 



Harriman State Park - Horseback Riding Concession

 

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) is seeking proposals for the operation of a Horseback Riding Concession at Harriman State Park of Idaho, located in Island Park, Idaho. The agreement would be for ten (10) years. Concessionaire is required to; have insurance that is no less than $2,000,000.00 aggregate, pay a percentage of Gross Receipts and pay property taxes on 190 acres of associated grazed pastures.

Interested parties may submit proposals on a provided Qualifications Statement, and must meet the following minimum service requirements: Guided Horseback Rides for families and larger groups, within Harriman State Park and the Harriman Wildlife Refuge; Provide Interpretive/Educational programming in conjunction with guided horseback rides; a promotion and marketing strategy; an accurate accounting system to monitor usage and gross receipts; provisions for the maintenance of utilized trails; an adequate program of Horse care including Vet checks; supply of all required equipment and provide for its maintenance; and a Financial Compensation Package (Percentage % of Gross Receipts) to IDPR.

Parties submitting proposals must demonstrate a verifiable work history of no less than 5 years in providing similar services to the public, and provide references documenting stated work history.

Proposals will be evaluated on the achievement of meeting minimum requirements, the proposals thoroughness in meeting IDPR objectives, the financial compensation proposal, and the technical qualifications and experience of the concession operator. For more information on submitting a proposal, or to obtain a Bidders Package and/or a copy of unassigned agreement, Please download a bid form below or contact the park directly at: Harriman State Park of Idaho, 3489 Green Canyon Road, Island Park, ID 83429, 208-558-7368 and ask for John Sullivan, Park Manager or Bert Mecham, Assistant Park Manager.

An Open House for prospective bidders will be held on January 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM and start at the main Park Headquarters.

All proposals should be submitted to Harriman State Park of Idaho, Attention Park Manager, at the above address and must be submitted by January 27, 2016 at 5 PM.

Bid Forms

Bidder's Proposal and Qualification Statement

 
 

Harriman Snapshot

Location
28 miles S of West Yellowstone, MT
130 miles N of Pocatello, ID
258 miles N of Ogden, Utah
 
Acreage
11,000
 
Elevation
6,210
 
Open/hours
Year-round
 
Park office hours

Winter hours:  Daily 9-5pm.  (As staffing permits)

Summer hours:  Daily 8-5pm.  (As staffing permits)

Fall and Spring: Tues to Sat 8-3pm.  (As staffing permits)

 
Amenities
Flush toilets, picnic areas, meetings and overnight rental facilities
 
Summer Activities
Fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, historic Railroad Ranch tours
 
Dry Ridge Outfitters Horseback Rides
One and 2-hour, or half-day trail rides are available from June 1 through October 31.  With advance reservations, educational field trips and special rides for handicapped guests can be scheduled.  Call Dry Ridge Outfitters at (208) 558-RIDE (7433)
 
Unique Overnight Retreats
Dorms, bunkhouse, Scovel Center, cabins, yurts
 
Groups
Group dorms, kitchens, meeting and conference rooms, cabins
 
Winter Activities
A premier Nordic ski area with over 24-miles of groomed trails for skate and classic skiing, snowshoeing and fat bike riding
 
Trails
Hike, bike, horse, Nordic, snowshoe, fat bike trails
 
Wildlife
Trout, moose, trumpeter swan, elk
 
Learn
Writers at Harriman (a workshop for high school students), Mountains and Strings (a chamber music camp for kids)
 
Nearby
Henrys Fork of the Snake River, Henrys Lake State Park, Mesa Falls Recreation Area, Mesa Falls Scenic Byway (Idaho Highway 47), Big Springs Nature Trail, golf, Snowmobile trails, Yellowstone National Park
 
WiFi
WiFi is available at the Ranch Manager's House, Cattle Foreman's House, Bunkhouse, Cookhouse, Boys House, Scovel Center, Dormitory, Ranchview Parking Lot, Visitor Center and the Dry Ridge Outfitters concession.
 
Pets
During winter, dogs and their owners are encouraged to use the Harriman Hounds Trail, which can be accessed via the Visitor Center parking lot.  Other than on the Harriman Hounds Trail, pets are allowed in the parking lot only and must be on a leash. 
 

Owned by Union Pacific Railroad investors from 1902 to 1977, the park acreage served as a cattle ranch and private retreat for the Harriman and Guggenheim families. Today, Harriman State Park provides visitors a perfect setting to enjoy the unique history and natural beauty of the area.

See all Harriman events

Harriman State Park: Ranch.  Refuge.  Retreat.

Harriman State Park lies within a 16,000-acre wildlife refuge in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Known for its beautiful scenery and wildlife, Harriman State Park offers 22-miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails that slink through meadows, meander along river banks and through lush evergreen forests.  Some of the best fly fishing waters in the nation flow through 8 miles of Harriman State Park, known by anglers the world over as “the Ranch.”  Moose, elk and Trumpeter swans, the world’s largest waterfowl species, are a common sight at Harriman. 

Visitors can stay overnight in Harriman’s unique overnight facilities, such as the rustic Yurts or Ranch Manager’s House.  Harriman’s rental facilities are perfect for family events, weddings, retreats and learning conferences.  During the summer, tours of the historic Railroad Ranch buildings and interpretive nature programs are offered on weekends and holidays by our knowledgeable park rangers.  Winter activities include over 24 miles of groomed Nordic skiing trails, snowshoeing, and fat biking.  The historic Jones House serves as a warming hut on weekends, offering views of Henrys Fork and its wintering wildlife.  

Be sure to check out Harriman State Park on Facebook for up-to-date information about what's happening at the park.

This park is generously supported by the Friends of Harriman State Park.

 

 

 

The Railroad Ranch was the full-time or part-time home of Roland and Gladys Harriman, ranch managers, cattle foremen and cowboys. Now it can be your part-time home, too. Follow the links below for more details on the various lodging opportunities in Harriman State Park.

Railroad Ranch Dormitory & Dining Hall

  • Groups of 15 to 40 can reserve the rustic log dormitory and original Railroad Ranch Cookhouse

Bunkhouse & Cookhouse

  • Bunkhouse accommodates up to 13 people

Laura Clarke Scovel Education Center

  • The Scovel Education Center is a group facility with 10 cabins and a conference center surrounding a court yard

Boys House

  • The Boys House is a completely renovated meeting room with river front views

Ranch Manager's House

  • This 4-bedroom fully furnished log home has a modern kitchen, a rustic knotty-pine living room with a stone fireplace and an enclosed sun porch. It's perfect for that once-in-a-lifetime fly-fishing vacation

Cattle Foreman's House

  • This is a beautifully furnished three-bedroom cabin located within the historic Railroad Ranch. A wood burning stove, complete kitchen, bunk beds, and two queen size beds make this historic cabin an incredibly comfortable way to enjoy Harriman State Park. 

Harriman Yurts

 

 

Fat Bikes at Harriman

At Harriman State Park, biking is a year round sport –and Fat Bike riders can now enjoy access to 24 miles of groomed Nordic trails.  With fatter tires that provide traction in snowy conditions, Fat Bikes can ride groomed trails with ease, giving people of all skill levels a new way to explore the park.  With Harriman’s established winter grooming program and unique overnight rental facilities, adding Fatbikes to the park’s recreation experience is a great fit.  Welcoming Fat Bikes into the park has had many benefits, such as the creation of new and unique recreation experiences and opportunities, continued access to recreational trails, and having drawn new user groups to the park.  These benefits not only accomplish many goals of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreations’ Strategic Plan, but will generate revenue to help make Harriman a self-sustaining park that continues to offer exciting and diverse recreation opportunities.  In addition to the daily Motor Vehicle Entry Fee of $5, riders are charged a $5 per day Winter Access Fee, which supports Harriman’s trail grooming program.

Fat Bike Etiquette

Fat Bike riders are the new users on the trails; here are a few tips to keep in mind when riding:

  • Please respect others. Bikes yield to all other users. Downhill users yield to uphill users. Stop completely and step off the trail.
  • Please have a minimum width of 3.7-inch diameter tires with pressure of 5 P.S.I. or less.
  • Trails Conditions– Ride on the most firm part of the track.  Do not ride in soft snow conditions; if you leave a rut deeper than 1 inch, it’s too soft.
  • Please be prepared before venturing out.  Check local weather and road reports.
  • Dress in layers and bring a headlight if planning on riding into dusk.
  • Spread the word about Fat Biking, make it fun, keep it safe.
  • Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.
  • Please remember to pay your entrance and use fees.  Passes are available at the Visitor Center: Daily Winter Access Fee: $5  / Motor Vehicle Entry Fee: $5
  • Grooming operations are planned for two days a week (Monday and Friday evenings), weather and snow permitting.  Trail junctions are marked with a map and intersection number.
  • This is Harriman State Park’s first winter season building Fat Bike trails; please share your comments and suggestions to help us improve your recreation experience.

For more information, please contact Harriman State Park at 208-558-7368 or har@idpr.idaho.gov.

 

Harriman Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee
 

Winter Access Fee

 

$5 per vehicle
   

Daily: $5 per person, Season Pass:  $35 Individual, $50 Per Couple, $75 Per Family

(Winter Access Fees are charged in addition to your Motor Vehicle Entry Fees)

Ranch Manager's House

$160 - $236 per night

Cattle Foreman's House

$110 - $181 per night

Railroad Ranch Dorm & Dining Hall

$300 - $330 per night

Bunkhouse & Cookhouse

$200 - $220 per night

Scovel Education Center Cabins

$100 - $110 per night per cabin (minimum 5 cabins). Call park for reservations (208-558-7368)

Scovel Education Conference Center

Free with cabin rentals or $150 per day. Call park for reservations (208-558-7368)

Boys House Meeting Room

$80 per day | $50 half day. Call park for reservations (208-558-7368)

RESERVATIONS

1-888-9-CAMPID (888-922-6743)

For Scovel Center and Boys House Meeting Room call the park, 208-558-7368

Fees do not include sales tax

 

 

Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park, Island Park, ID 83429

 

Download Harriman maps

Location Map

Harriman Trail Map

Location Map for Premium Nordic Area

Connector Map for Harriman / Brimstone Ski Area

Winter Trail Map and Guide (B/W)

Winter Trail Map and Guice (color)

 

Trail Update:

Spring has sprung at Harriman State Park and seasonal trail closures are in effect. The John Muir Trail is closed at intersections 1 and 3. The River Trail is closed at intersections 2, 4, 5, and 7, and from the Silver lake dam to 4.  The Big Bend Loop is closed at intersections 10, 13, 14, 15, and 16. The East Gate Trail is also closed from intersection 13 to 13a at East Gate. These trails along the river will be closed for waterfowl nesting until June 15th.

The Ridge Trail will be closed for elk calving at Intersections 19, 20, and 23, and will reopen July 1st.

The Golden Lake Loop is also closed at intersections 15 and 16 to the Golden Lake Overlook, due to a dam failure and subsequent repairs.

Trail maps are available at the office. For more information, contact the park office at 208-558-7368.

 

Harriman Links and Events

Friends of Harriman State Park build a new fence in the park.

Become a Friend of Harriman State Parka citizen support group, which serves as a fund raising and volunteer partner for Harriman State Park. FHSP works in cooperation with the park to enhance and preserve the park's natural and cultural resources and visitor experience.FSHP is a project-driven group. With proceeds from the "Buy a Buck" campaign, the group has replaced the historic jack fence along highw
ay 20, produced the "Harriman Legacy" DVD, teamed up with Writers at Harriman, started anative plants garden at the Harriman Visitor Center. They have also written a number of grants for projects that will directly benefit Harriman State Park.
 
 
Writers at Harriman is a one week workshop for high school students held the first week of August every year.
 
Mountains and Strings is a chamber music camp held for kids in mid July.

 

Mesa Falls

Mesa Falls Recreation Area is owned by the US Forest Service and co-managed by Harriman State Park.

Summer/Spring

Big Falls Inn, an interpretive building and store, is open from Memorial weekend to mid-September from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Don't miss Lower Mesa Falls, which is about a mile away.

Winter

In the winter, Scenic Byway 47 does not remain open to vehicles but is groomed for snowmobile traffic.The falls are only accessible by snowmobile or cross-country skies and visitors can park at Bear Gulch on Scenic Hwy 47 east of Ashton and ski or snowmobile the packed road 5 miles to Mesa Falls. Snowmobilers can also reach Mesa Falls from Hwy 20 via Scenic Byway 47, which is a 14-mile scenic ride. The Big Falls Inn is open on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from the first week in January to the second week in March and you can go in and warm up by the fire. The trail down to the falls is very snow packed and icy and visitors should use extreme caution if attempting this scenic view. 

More information

 
 
 
 

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 


Harriman State Park - Horseback Riding Concession

 

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) is seeking proposals for the operation of a Horseback Riding Concession at Harriman State Park of Idaho, located in Island Park, Idaho. The agreement would be for ten (10) years. Concessionaire is required to; have insurance that is no less than $2,000,000.00 aggregate, pay a percentage of Gross Receipts and pay property taxes on 190 acres of associated grazed pastures.

Interested parties may submit proposals on a provided Qualifications Statement, and must meet the following minimum service requirements: Guided Horseback Rides for families and larger groups, within Harriman State Park and the Harriman Wildlife Refuge; Provide Interpretive/Educational programming in conjunction with guided horseback rides; a promotion and marketing strategy; an accurate accounting system to monitor usage and gross receipts; provisions for the maintenance of utilized trails; an adequate program of Horse care including Vet checks; supply of all required equipment and provide for its maintenance; and a Financial Compensation Package (Percentage % of Gross Receipts) to IDPR.

Parties submitting proposals must demonstrate a verifiable work history of no less than 5 years in providing similar services to the public, and provide references documenting stated work history.

Proposals will be evaluated on the achievement of meeting minimum requirements, the proposals thoroughness in meeting IDPR objectives, the financial compensation proposal, and the technical qualifications and experience of the concession operator. For more information on submitting a proposal, or to obtain a Bidders Package and/or a copy of unassigned agreement, Please download a bid form below or contact the park directly at: Harriman State Park of Idaho, 3489 Green Canyon Road, Island Park, ID 83429, 208-558-7368 and ask for John Sullivan, Park Manager or Bert Mecham, Assistant Park Manager.

An Open House for prospective bidders will be held on January 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM and start at the main Park Headquarters.

All proposals should be submitted to Harriman State Park of Idaho, Attention Park Manager, at the above address and must be submitted by January 27, 2016 at 5 PM.

Bid Forms

Bidder's Proposal and Qualification Statement