When snow falls in Island Park, it's time to leash up and head to Harriman State Park! Located in an extensive wildlife refuge in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, this 11,000-acre site is known for its woofderful scenery and abundant wildlife. Previously a cattle ranch and private retreat for the Harriman and Guggenheim families, it is now a pawtastic spot where everyone can enjoy the natural beauty and interesting history of the area.
Don't come to Harriman State Park with Fido in the spring, summer, or fall, though, as four-legged guests are only limited to the parking lots during these seasons. Schedule your visit in the winter, when the Harriman Hounds Trail opens for cross-country skiers and furry adventurers. You'll find this 3-mile loop south of Green Canyon Road, with the trailhead about 50 feet west of the visitor center. Park here instead of the main lot for your convenience.
The Harriman Hounds Trail is the only part of the state park where doggos are allowed during the wintertime. This groomed path leads into the National Forest, weaving through the trees over a gently rolling course. The good news is, Fido is allowed to explore the route without a leash! But keep it on until after you've crossed Green Canyon Road.
Help keep the first pooch-friendly ski trail in Island Park clean by carrying doggie waste bags and picking up after your pupper! Human restrooms are located at the visitor center, so be sure to take a bathroom break before hitting the trail. Don't forget to bring cash for the motor vehicle entrance fee of $5 per vehicle and daily winter access pass of $5 per person. The former is waived if you have an Idaho State Parks Passport.
For a furrific winter outing with your best friend, you can't go wrong with Harriman State Park!