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Winter 2023-2024 Update:

Winter has officially arrived at Harriman State Park of Idaho.  The snow dances have worked to bring on the snow.

All our trails now require snowshoes, cross country skis or fat tire bikes to use.  There is a $7 Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee (MVEF) per vehicle to visit the Park. You can purchase a 2024 Annual MVEF Pass for $80 at the Park Headquarters. Vehicles registered in the State of Idaho can purchase a $10 Idaho State Park Passport from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The winter access fee of $6 per person/per day or use of a Season Access Pass is now in place. These fees help with the cost of plowing and grooming our trails.

The fees can be paid at the Visitor Center during the hours of 9-5 or at the main entrance outside of Visitor Center hours.  Winter Season Access passes can be purchased for $50 for Individual, $75 for a couple pass or $100 for a family pass.

Attention: Dogs are only permitted on the Hounds Trail, which is outside of the waterfowl and wildlife refuge. Dogs cannot be left unattended and must always be on a six-foot leash. Department employees may impound or remove any stray or unattended animals at the owner’s expense. (IDAPA 26.01 20.175. 09)

While it is winter and bears are hibernating, always good practice to be Bear Aware! Remember to make noise; travel in groups only hike/bike during daylight hours.

Please be advised that Harriman State Park of Idaho will experience significant construction in the historic area during 2024-2025.

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Park Reservations
By phone: 1-888-9-CAMPID or 1-888-922-6743

Take a Virtual Tour

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. Pets are not allowed on park trails or in any of the buildings or yurts, due to the ranch being on the list of National Historic Places as well as a wildlife refuge.



Bring your family or group to Harriman State Park for a picnic or barbeque on the banks of the beautiful Henrys Fork of the Snake River.


  • Season: May 15 – Oct. 15
  • Type of Use: Day Use
  • Max Number of People: 50
  • Check In: 9:00 a.m.
  • Check Out: 10:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $100


  • ADA Accessible
  • 2 BBQ Grills (36” x 36”)
  • Picnic Tables


To Make Reservations contact the park office at 208-558-7368.


Railroad Ranch Dormitory & Dining Hall

  • Groups of 15 to 36 can reserve the rustic log dormitory and original neighboring Dining Hall

Bunkhouse & Cookhouse

  • Bunkhouse, with cookhouse, accommodates up to 13 people in two buildings

Laura Clarke Scovel Education Center

  • The Scovel Education Center is a group facility with 10 cabins for 20 visitors and a conference center with kitchen and surrounding a court yard

Boys House

  • The Boys House is a completely renovated meeting room for 75 people with river front views 

Ranch Manager’s House

  • This 4-bedroom fully furnished log home, for 8, 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 (maximum capacity of 6) located within the historic Railroad Ranch. A wood burning stove and complete kitchen make this historic cabin an incredibly comfortable way to enjoy Harriman State Park. Two of the bedrooms have full-sized beds, the third bedroom has 1 twin bed, and the unit has a pull out full-size sofa bed.

Harriman Yurts

  • Two Mongolian-style domed tents are available near Silver Lake

Harriman Backcountry Yurt

  • Becker Backcountry Yurt 

This unique outdoor experience allows you to get away from it all by hiking or biking to a backcountry yurt to enjoy the splendor of Harriman State Park. The yurt sits on a knoll overlooking Thurmon Creek and grassy meadows with views of the Tetons.


  • Season: May 1st – November 30th
  • Distance from Parking: 1.5 miles
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Cost: $85-$90
  • Check-in Time: 3:00 pm
  • Check-out Time: 12:00 pm


  • Wood Stove
  • Camp Stove
  • 2 Bunk Beds (twin over queen)
  • Table and Benches
  • Hutch
  • Vault Toilet
  • Firewood
  • Bear Proof Food Storage Box


This is a backcountry, “pack it in, pack it out” experience. You are responsible to bring everything you need, other than what is listed above. All trash must be packed out.

  • Water (No potable water is available at the yurt. Water must be packed in or can be pumped and filtered, from Thurmon Creek at campers’ own risk).
  • Propane Fuel Canisters for Stove and Lantern (1 lb. green Coleman type)
  • Pots, Pans and Cooking Gear
  • Garbage Bags
  • Bedding
  • Bear Spray


  • No Campfires
  • No Smoking
  • No Pets
  • No Horses


You are in Bear Country! Be Bear Aware.

  • Proper Food storage is required.
  • Carry bear spray.
  • Hike in groups.
  • Make your presence known.
  • Check with park for Bear information, warnings and updates.

There are no landline telephones readily available, and cell coverage can be spotty. The park office is over 3 miles away and is open 8 am- 6 pm, (208) 558-7368. Rangers do live onsite, and are housed in the Ranch Foreman’s House and historic Ranch Office. In a medical emergency call 911.


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Contact the Park

Address: 3489 Green Canyon Rd
Island Park, ID 83429
Phone: (208) 558-7368
Hours of Operation: Day-use locations within state parks are open from 7 am to 10 pm, per Idaho state code 26.01.20 (5). Day-use hours may change based on park manager discretion.

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