ISLAND PARK, Idaho (ABC4 Utah) The Good4Utah Road Tour is rolling full throttle through Yellowstone Teton Territory.
Tuesday we pump the brakes in Island Park, Idaho.
Too many people breeze by this area on the route to Yellowstone, but many say it is the place to stop if you are ready to say "woah" to some gorgeous snow.
Visitors tell me Island Park is a hot spot when it's cold outside. A big part of that is the 25 miles of groomed cross country trails here at Harriman State Park
Go North and go Nordic.
"It's the best place to cross country to ski in the Intermountain West," said Laura Lenhart, Nordic skier.
Loyal Island Park visitors know the area is a hidden gem. Provo resident Chuck Barber has been vacationing in the area for 35 years.
"Harriman State Park has just been one of our favorite places. It's one of the best kept secrets in West Yellowstone and Idaho. There's 60 kilometers of trails here, a place to take your dog if you want to, just a fun place," said Barber.
Island Park is a gateway community to Yellowstone and the Tetons and allows people the recreation they crave in the winter months.
"We're like a one stop shopping area. If you like to ski, snowshoe, fatbike or snowmobile in the area, it's a great place to come and stay. Use us as a base of operations and see all the great things in the area," said John Sullivan, Harriman State Park Manager.
The state park includes trails, several waterways and historic buildings converted into lodging for visitors. The park doesn't allow snowmobiling, but don't worry, you're surrounded by open area for some sled fun.
The manager of High Mountain adventures knows the area well and says people often skip over Island Park on their way to Yellowstone, but that's a big mistake.
"What makes this place special is all the beauty you have around you. Look around, there's everything from hills , to the trees tot he cabin behind us. Everything about this place is just pretty," said Cordell Barnard, High Mountain Adventures Manager.
It's your chance to get up close and person with the wide open spaces and tree lined trails, so the secret is out. Winter is winning in Island Park.
"It's a winter paradise, great lodges, great hotels, great restaurants, it's a fun place," said Barber.
For more information on Harriman State Park click here.
To see all the fun High Mountain Adventure has to offer, click here.
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