For a great family vacation this summer, check out Island Park Idaho. Island Park is part of the greater Yellowstone caldera system, and is nestled in the Targhee National Forest. Plentiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls afford excellent outdoor adventures including fishing, boating, water sports, white-water rafting and wildlife viewing. Island Park ID is jsut a half hour drive to Yellowstone National Park, and the wildlife found in Yellowstone can also be seen in Island Park, from grizzlies, eagles, moose, wolves, deer and elk to even the occasional bison. Island Park also has golf, tennis, a day spa, summer stock dinner theatre, and scenic drives. Mountain Biking and hiking enthusiasts enjoy the many miles of maintained trails also.
Island Park Idaho has become a destination in its own right, but since it is so close in proximity to Yellowstone’s west entrance, many Yellowstone visitors choose to find accommodations here . There are a few Island Park hotels from which to choose . Angler’s Lodge is a nice hotel right on the Henry’s Fork river in the Last Chance area, and provides rooms with 1-2 queen beds priced from $159-$179 for summer rates. Guided fishing trips are available from the lodge. In the Macks Inn area is Macks Inn Resort, which has riverside units from $89-$140. Near the golf course, toward the north end of Island Park, is Sawtelle Mountain Resort. This hotel provides economy single queen rooms to deluxe double queen rooms from $89-$119 nightly during the summer . If you are searching for luxury in a hotel, about 45 minutes south of Yellowstone is Henry’s Fork Lodge, with average summer rates of $400 per person per night. 3 gourmet meals per day are included in the pricing.
If you think Island Park Idaho hotels might cramp your style, consider joining the many visitors to the Island Park area who choose to stay in a privately owned vacation rental. This is a great choice for larger groups especially, who want to stay together and not be split up into multiple hotel rooms. For those wanting to cook their own meals and have the seclusion of a private cabin, this is an excellent choice also. Island Park cabins range in price from the mid $100’s per night to the mid $800’s per night, depending on size, quality of lodging and amenities.
A group of 10 can stay in a nice cabin with granite countertops, gas fireplace, and hot tub for as little as $200 per night. This can be a huge savings compared to staying in hotel rooms, which usually have a maximum occupancy of 5. Added savings are realized when the price of going out for every meal is compared to the cost of cooking one’s own meals at one of the cabins, all of which have fully-equipped kitchens.
Larger groups may realize even greater savings when staying in a cabin rental. Private vacation rentals are available with as many as 8 private bedrooms. Even the most expensive of rental cabins would only cost each couple in this situation $100 per night. Most of the larger cabins also have hot tubs, HDTV, and even billiards for great down time during stormy weather or after a long day in Yellowstone.
Most of the Island Park rentals also have outdoor porches or decks with patio furniture, gas grills, and even fire pits for roasting mallows. These amenities provide added opportunities for relaxing socialization and enjoyment of the natural surroundings.
Whether you choose a hotel or vacation rental, Island Park Idaho is a great place to bring the family this summer and create incredible memories!