While the temperatures outside are dropping, the number of things to do is ramping up. That’s because the great people of Idaho just have an adventurous spirit, no matter the time of year. While we here at Killgore Adventures in White Bird have largely wrapped up our activities for the season, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to do in the winter! Check out some of these great activities to enjoy during the colder months.
THE AMERICAN DOG DERBY
First started in 1917, the American Dog Derby takes place every year in Ashton, Idaho. Featuring five different races, this event now spans a full-weekend, meaning you can enjoy hours of this iconic and timeless experience. Teams from across the Rocky Mountain region come to Ashton every year in order to compete in the oldest American dog sledding race. At the starting line, you’ll see dog sled teams who have run the Iditarod, third-generation mushers, and new-comers to the sport, all competing in this fun winter adventure.
With the right permits and the right layers, every season is hunting season in Idaho. Once you’ve checked with the Idaho Fish and Game to see what’s in season and what’s not and you’ve taken your hunter safety course, you can pursue game like elk. It’s an amazing way to experience the natural grandeur of Idaho, and the beauty of the state and the thrill of the hunt is only magnified by the piles of snow-draped across the landscape.
THE MCCALL WINTER CARNIVAL
First started in the 1960s, the McCall Winter Carnival is a celebration of all things chilly and snowy. The event now draws more than 60,000 people to McCall every winter in order to see the massive snow and ice sculptures, take part in the Mardi Gras parades, and enjoy the music, food, and art the carnival brings. When you’re not enjoying the myriad of comedy performances and art shows, you can watch the snow bike races and the monster dog pull.
You might pause at this suggestion, after all, with the winter weather, doesn’t the water freeze? Well, you’re not wrong, but that fact shouldn’t keep you from getting out there with rod and reel to see what’s biting. IF you’re curious as to where you should try first, make sure you check out our recent blog posts on places to fish during the winter in Idaho. And don’t forget to read our quick-hitting guide on tips and tricks to make the most of your experience!
HARRIMAN STATE PARK
Just because there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t explore the beautiful state parks throughout Idaho. For those who enjoy nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and snow biking, Harriman State Park is the place to be. The park features more than 25 miles of snow-covered trails that have been groomed for use. No matter your skill level, you’re sure to have a great time at this park that’s equally stunning in winter as it is in summer.
If you thought riding an ATV in winter was fun, wait until you try a snowmobile! There are plenty of places to go zipping through the snow and ice in Idaho. Once your snowmobile is registered with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, you can take your ride to dozens of different snow-covered locales. We’re big fans of Island Park, which features 950 miles of groomed trails that are suitable for riders of all ages and skill levels. Plus, it’s just 30 miles from the famous west entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Not crazy about crowds? Looking for dramatic landscapes made all the more spectacular by snow and ice? Then visiting Yellowstone in the winter might be for you! With fewer people, lower temps, and bubbling geyser pools, the landscape of this world-class park completely transforms during the winter. However, getting there can be a little challenging. The park roads begin to close at certain junctions starting in about November. Beginning in mid-December, you can begin to enjoy the park via snowmobile or snow coach. The park begins to get ready for its spring and summer crowds in March when snowplows start to open up the roads.
START PLANNING YOUR SPRING AND SUMMER ADVENTURES TODAY
Not one for the cold? No problem. We’ve got all the warm-weather adventures you could ever hope for! Have your own Hells Canyon adventures with Killgore Adventures! From helicopter tours to jet boat rides and more, we’ve got something for everyone. Book your adventure today!