Cold weather, warm memories: Winter Escapes in Southern Idaho

Looking for an adventure, escape or vacation this winter season? Spending time outdoors during Southern Idaho’s winter is magical. Big snowflakes fall as skiers take on the slopes, while others soak in Idaho hot springs surrounded by steam. Customize your getaway from daring adventures to relaxing spa days.  

Go Cat Skiing at Soldier Mountain to experience the backcountry! Embark on the journey up the mountain in a 12-person snowcat and hit the untouched powder all the way down. Two other family friendly resorts to enjoy are Pomerelle Ski Resort and Magic Mountain. These mountains also offer incredible snowmobiling trails and even tubing hills. Magic Mountain specializes in cosmic tubing, where you can tube under the night sky and lights of the rampway. Nearby at Diamondfield Jacks snowmobilers ride hundreds of miles of powdery trails through the South Hills. 

Soak in Idaho’s natural hot springs at Miracle Hot Springs, Banbury Hot Springs, 1000 Springs Resort and Durfee Hot Springs. Miracle and Banbury are located on the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway and offer private rooms and public hot pools. Miracle even offers spa treatments, like their incredible massages. Durfee Hot Springs is located near City of Rocks National Reserve and offers a couple of large hot pools varying in temperature. All of Southern Idaho’s hot springs are sourced by natural geothermal water that provides healing benefits to the body.  

Snowshoe or x-country ski through granite spires at the City of Rocks and Castle Rocks State Park on a bluebird day to enjoy the magic of Southern Idaho’s warmer winters. Another wonderful park to x-country ski is Craters of the Moon! Can you imagine snow on the moon? Because that is how it feels to see the black and hardened lava sticking through the glistening white snow while you explore the loop road.  

Bird watch near Hagerman and the Thousand Springs parks for the best opportunity to see waterfowl and even eagles. The Hagerman Wildlife Management Area showcases Canadian geese, mallards, herons, and much more. Visit the Eagle Tree near West Point Restaurant in later winter to witness dozens of eagles in the surrounding trees.  

Fore your way through Southern Idaho’s golf courses that are open almost year-round, depending on snowfall. The best courses that also offer affordable rates are Clear Lakes Country Club, River’s Edge Golf Club, Canyon Springs Golf Course, 93 Golf Ranch, Twin Falls Municipal Golf Course and Pleasant Valley Golf Course, and they all offer golfing for everyone over winter months. Winter in Southern Idaho offers endless opportunities to create memories in the snow, on the mountains, and in the warmth of a hot spring. 



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