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DetailsBrimstone/Buffalo River Park N' Ski
LocationFrom Ashton travel N on Hwy 20 approximately 26 miles
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate - Expert
Distance17.9 m/28.8 km
GroomingYes - set track for traditional kick and glide
SnowshoeingNo on groomed trails, yes off-trail
YurtNo
Backcountry ski potential No
RestroomNo
DogsNot allowed
AboutThe Brimstone/Buffalo River Park N' Ski area has many great opportunities for Nordic skiing in a beautiful setting next to Island Park Reservoir, the Buffalo River, Henrys Fork and Box Canyon. A 2.1 mile interpretive trail with information about nature in winter is a great loop for kids and families. The 2.8-mile Moose Loop is a little longer and connects to three other loops; Thurmon Ridge, Boggy Springs and Antelope Park. The Brimstone Trail, a 10.8-mile one-way trail, connects from Ponds Lodge to Harriman State Park.
More InformationFor grooming report call Ashton Ranger Station: (208)652-7442
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Harriman State Park trails guide

Brimstone/Buffalo Location Map
DetailsBear Gulch/Mesa Falls Park N' Ski
LocationFrom Ashton travel E. on Mesa Falls Forest Hwy 47 approximately 12 miles
DifficultyIntermediate - Advanced
Distance9.1 m/14.7 km
GroomingYes - set track for traditional kick and glide
SnowshoeingNo on groomed trails, yes off-trail
YurtNo
Backcountry ski potential No
RestroomYes at trailhead and at Upper and Lower Mesa Falls
DogsNo
AboutThe Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls trail system is one of the most scenic anywhere in Idaho, particularly because the ski trails cruise along the rim overlooking both Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. Views of the Teton Mountain Range are possible on a clear day. It's a 9.1-mile round-trip trek to the Upper Falls (where the water falls 110 feet), but well worth the effort for the strong and hardy. Shorter loops of 3.9 miles or 5.9 are available closer to the trailhead. The trailhead and a short section of the ski trail are shared use areas with snowmobiles.
More InformationFor grooming report call Ashton Ranger Station (208)652-7442
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Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls Guide

Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls Location Map
DetailsFall River Ridge Park N' Ski
LocationFrom Ashton travel E on Mesa Falls Forest Hwy 47 about 6 miles then right onto Cave Falls Rd about 6 miles
DifficultyBeginner - intermediate (with a few expert pitches)
Distance7.1 m/11.4 km
GroomingYes, 10-foot skating lane with track set for traditional kick and glide
SnowshoeingNo on groomed trails, yes off-trail
YurtNo
Backcountry ski potential No
RestroomNo
DogsNot allowed
AboutThree loops await Nordic skiers here on a mountain bench that overlooks the Fall River canyon. There is a 2.2 mile easy loop immediately accessible from the trailhead, then a more difficult 3.4 mile second loop and a third loop that covers a total of 7.1 miles roundtrip from the trailhead. Skiers may see an occasional moose nearby. The trailhead is shared with snowmobiles.
More InformationFor grooming report call Ashton Ranger Station (208)652-7442
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Fall River Location Map
DetailsMink Creek Park N' Ski
LocationFrom Hwy 15 at Pocatello take Exit 63, travel S on Portneuf Rd about 2 miles then S on Bannock Hwy approximately 10 miles
DifficultyBeginner - intermediate - Expert
Distance18 m/29 km ski trails
GroomingLimited - with set track for traditional kick and glide
SnowshoeingYes
YurtNo
Backcountry ski potential Yes
RestroomYes
DogsYes on ungroomed trails only
AboutThe Mink Creek Park N' Ski area is loaded with great ski and snowshoe trails close to Pocatello. The area has seven plowed parking areas, providing great access to five different trails. The West Fork of Mink Creek and Valve House offer out-and-back experiences in a mountain draw, while the Porcelain Pot area provides more loops. The Porcelain Pot trails can be combined with a ripping downhill on the Corral Creek Trail.

East Mink Creek Nordic Center

The East Mink Creek Nordic Center is not a Park N’ Ski program but it is managed by the Pocatello City Parks and Recreation Department and is located at the end of the Scout Mountain Road. For an additional fee you can access their groomed ski trails and designated snowshoe trails. Contact them at (208) 232-3901.
More InformationWestside Ranger District (208) 236-7500
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Mink Creek location
DetailsIsland Park Snow Depths
AboutFor updated snow depths in the Island Park area, select this link.
The site is located near the community of Island Park at 6290 feet in elevation.
More Information(208) 334-4199

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