Sometimes adventure presents itself without you having to do any planning. We had a client call and asked if we could look at a construction issue at his cabin. He asked that we come by his house, pick-up the key and then said, you might as well hook onto my Razor ATV and enjoy the day. Never passing up a free adventure, we said yes. Jim and Jade headed off to Island Park. This is a very large valley, inside an extinct volcanic caldera that is a mix of forest service land, cabins, a few private ranches, and the town of Island Park in the middle.
We picked up the Razor and headed north to Island Park. We looked at the construction issue and then went off for a day of exploring.
There are numerous trails in the Island Park Area. You can also drive on the side roads. We drove on both over the course of the day.
One of the main recreational areas is Mack’s Inn. In the summer it is a busy place, but in October, it is very quiet.
We headed up the road towards the Big Springs bridge.
Big Springs is one of the main sources for the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. It produces 120 million gallons of water each day. There is a wooden bridge that is near the springs.
Big Springs is a no fishing area, but from the bridge you can feed the fish and there are some very large fish in the water below.
Also near the springs is Johnny Sack cabin. In the summer you can take the short hike and learn the history of Johnny Sack and the surrounding area.
We back-tracked on the Big Springs road, where we saw a trio of moose, and decided to get a closer look.
Most of the roads are well marked in the area. We turned onto the Fish Creek Road and drove for 10 miles
In the early 19th century there was a railroad that went to West Yellowstone, to transport visitors to Yellowstone NP. The railroad is long gone but the railway bed is still there and is now used as a trail, but your “vehicle” has to be less than 50 inches wide to use it.
There are numerous bridges to cross…
There several marshes along the trail.
We did not encounter snow but there was snow on top of Mt Sawtelle, giving a hint of winter.
We ended the day with a late lunch, a bit more scenery and another moose.
The lesson here is always be open to an adventure, you don’t know what you will find and it might not cost you much more than gas.