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Best Idaho State Parks to Visit in the Winter


Best Idaho State Parks to Visit in the Winter

Winchester Lake - courtesy of Idaho State Parks & Recreation

The Top Choices All Offer Opportunities for Winter Sports.

Priest Lake State Park

Priest Lake State Park lies at 2,400 feet above sea level and features an abundance of beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities. In the winter the park offers access to over 200 miles of marked, groomed snowmobile trails and a myriad of cross-country skiing opportunities. Those who want to brave the cold can also ice fish.

Winchester Lake State Park

Winchester Lake State Park surrounds a 103-acre lake, nestled in a forested area at the foot of the Craig Mountains, just off US 95 near the town of Winchester. In the winter the park is a great place to enjoy cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing. Winchester also has two yurts for rent, available year-round.

Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park lies in the heart of a 16,000-acre wildlife reserve in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. When winter comes, grab your cross-country skis. You can ski to the warming house-open on weekends-and look out over the Henrys Fork to watch bald eagles and trumpeter swans. If you would like to spend the night, the Ranch Manager's House is available to rent. This rustic log house built in 1917 features a kitchen, bath and four bedrooms.

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