Island Park is a small Idaho town located in Fremont County. Because of its close proximity to Yellowstone National Park and other amazing outdoor recreation spots, many people have second homes or cabins in this pawsome community. Unfurtunately, there is no veterinary clinic in town. If your pup is feeling under the weather, you’ll need to travel 40 minutes to Saint Anthony to get help.
There is no shortage of pet friendly accommodations in Island Park. If you are traveling in an RV, make a reservation at the Redrock RV and Camping Park, or the Valley View RV Park and Campground. Both allow dogs of all shapes and sizes. If a private cabin rental is more your style, check out Remington Retreat, a small log cabin perfect for a weekend getaway. Big Timber Inn is great rental option if you are traveling with your whole pack. It can easily hold up to 23 people!
For some pet friendly dining, grab your pup and head over to Angler Lodge and Riverfront Restaurant. Enjoy delicious food and views of Henry’s Fork River from an outdoor patio table. You can’t get views like this every day. No wonder dogs love Island Park!
If your pup is begging for some park time, Saint Anthony has you covered. Pack up your pooch and travel 40 minutes south of Island Park to this laid back town. Clyde Keefer Park sits on an island in the middle of Henry’s Fork River. Stroll around the green grass, or hang out and have a picnic. Hop over to Boyd Yancey Memorial Park for more fun in the sun. Take a few laps around the lawn area so your pup can get some exercise. Then find a spot under one of the large trees to chillax and enjoy the afternoon. Sounds woofin’ amazing!
Looking for a great place to walk your pup? Access to the Yellowstone Branch Line Trail is about 35 minutes from Island Park in the small community of Warm River. This trail runs 34 miles northeast up to the Montana state line. Your pup will absolutely love trotting through the gorgeous Caribou-Targhee National Forest along it. During the first few miles, the trail runs parallel to Warm River. Not only is the trail surrounded by pines, it also has great views of the Teton and Centennial Mountain Ranges. Your pup is one lucky dog to get to exercise in such an amazing setting!
When in the area, a visit to Upper Mesa Falls is a must. Located in Ashton, this thunderous waterfall is about a half hour south of Island Park. These falls are so spectacular they have their own scenic byway. As if your pup didn’t love riding in the car already, he’ll get great views of Grand Targhee National Forest on the drive over. Stop at the Upper Falls and get a photo with your furry BFF. Then follow the side trail to the Lower Mesa Falls Overlook. You’ll walk through a thick forest and see Henry’s Fork River off to the side. It’s just over two miles round trip, so it’s a great leg stretch for your pal.
If your pup is in need of some time in the great outdoors, make your way over to the Box Canyon Trail. It begins in the Box Canyon Campground and heads south along Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Since rafters and canoers love this stretch of the river, you may see some boats float by. It’s also a perfect spot for fly fishing, so pack a pole on your hike and try to catch some trout. The out and back trail stretches about three miles. Bring some water and snacks and find a quiet patch along the river to relax with your furry friend.
Ready for some fun in the sun? Pack up your pooch and head over to Henrys Lake State Park. Henry’s Lake, one of Idaho’s high mountain lakes, is the main feature of this park. It’s a hotspot for anglers, hikers, and mountain bikers. Your pup will love breathing in some fresh air while roaming around the trails. Sage Hill Trail and Aspen Loop guide you through open meadows of sagebrush and wildflowers. Follow Outlet Overlook Trail for a nice view of the lake. The park also has picnic facilities, so stick around for lunch. No bones about it, your pup will love this park!