There’s room to roam in Southeast Idaho’s High Country and winter is an exceptional season to make your escape to decompress. Whether you enjoy indulging yourself with a massage and serene soak in several of our mineral hot springs, the solitude of playing outside in the spectacular scenery, or scouting antiques, art, foodie finds and quirky museums—you’re sure to find your favorite way to disconnect in this corner of Idaho.
Southeast Idaho is hot springs country! A steamy hot pool and the cool mountain air are a perfect match for total relaxation. After a day of playing in the cold or antiquing, slip into one of our natural hot springs—Lava Hot Springs, Downata Hot Springs, Bear River Resort, and Maple Grove Hot Springs to name a few. With no sulfur odor, the mineral rich water is a natural way to unwind and rejuvenate. In addition to the public hot springs, many local resorts and hotels also have pools available for guests.
With more than 600 miles of groomed trails and unlimited high mountain deep snow, pristine powder meadows and vast areas fresh for exploring, snowmobiling is naturally one of the area’s top winter activities. Along the miles of groomed trails, ride past spectacular wonders while enjoying the fresh air and blue skies with no crowds and no fences. Off the groomed trails, you can seemingly ride forever in wide open places or climb the mountains for spectacular views. The variety of terrain offers snowmobilers of all ability levels the chance to find challenges and fun. Easy access to trail heads, and snowmobile rentals, are available in most southeastern Idaho communities. Download or request free snowmobile maps on our website. At the end of a trail riding day spend time sharing stories by a fire or making memories building snowmen and snow angels with your family.
If you crave connection and want to feel a sense of place, look no further than the cultural treasures in our local museums. Take a selfie with the giant “spud” at the Idaho Potato Museum and grab a tasty potato treat in the café. At the Museum of Clean learn about clean as a global value and see four floors of surprising cleaning antiques and more. Step back in time at the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum and the Butch Cassidy Museum to experience by-gone eras. These and many others offer an authentic, hyperlocal experience.
For inspiration and resources to plan your winter trip to southeast Idaho, visit IdahoHighCountry.org.