Attractions Near Yellowstone RV Park

The Greater Yellowstone Area offers many things to do while staying at our RV Park. From visiting Yellowstone (only 25 miles north), to fishing the many rivers and streams, riding UTV's on the many trails, visiting spectacular Mesa Falls, Sawtelle Peak, Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, hiking the many river and forest trails, and kayaking or rafting the nearby Henry's Fork of the Snake River, you'll not be without fun things to do here. When you do run out of things to do outside, or want a rest, go to the nearby musical theaters for some night fun!

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Yellowstone National Park

America's premier National Park is only a beautiful 22 minute drive from our RV Park. Wildlife, rivers, waterfalls, and thermal features are an easy morning excursion. Plan on staying at least 3 days to see it all. Try fishing in their many rivers and lakes. Buy a Yellowstone National Park fishing permit within any park store or office.

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Download a complete map of Yellowstone National Park here.

Visit our page "Must See Places in Yellowstone".

Directions To Yellowstone National Park

  1. Head east on Shoshone Ave toward Church Ln go 105 ft
  2. Turn left onto Church Ln go 390 ft
  3. Turn left onto S Big Springs Loop Rd go 0.1 mi
  4. Turn right onto Hwy 20 E Entering Montana go 22.3 mi
  5. Turn right onto Iris St go 0.3 mi
  6. Turn left onto Yellowstone Ave go 0.8 mi
  7. Continue onto US-191 S/US-287 S/Hwy 20 E

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Visit one of America's most remote and beautiful wildlife refuges only 35 minutes away. Spend a day by yourself and enjoy the fantastic scenery here. Beautiful mountains, lakes, creeks, swans, birds of all kinds, springs, pronghorn, moose and more. It never gets old. Get away from the Yellowstone crowds for a day and enjoy nature as it was 150 years ago.

Directions To Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

  1. Take Church Ln to S Big Springs Loop Rd in Island Park go 495 ft
  2. Follow Hwy 20 E to NF-053-Red Rock Pass Rd go 5.7 mi
  3. Drive to S Valley Rd in Beaverhead County go 27.5 mi

Henry's Fork of the Snake River

Henry's Fork is known for its great fishing. Only walking distance from us, you can put in a line and bring up some great trout. There is a nice 2 mile hike along the river only 2 miles south of us called the Coffee Pot Rapids trail. This river starts at Henry's Lake and Big Springs and flows to near Idaho Falls where it joins the Snake River. There is awesome fishing the entire way. Raft the Henry's Fork River from Big Springs to Mack's Inn. This is a relaxing and beautiful 3 hour gentle raft trip. Use your own kayaks or have Mack's Inn Adventures next door take you to the start with their rafts or kayaks.

Directions To Henry's Fork of The Snake River

  1. Take S Big Springs Loop Rd to Hwy 20 W in Island Park turn right and you can't miss the river!

Henry's Lake

Henry's Lake features great trout fishing and scenic mountain views. Fed from bottom springs and creeks, it freezes over in November, but is thawed by April. Fish in Henry's Lake from a boat, a float or from the shore. (get a license from the hardware store next to our park). Access is from Henry's Lake State Park, Bill Frome County park on the west, or next to RedRock RV Park on the south.

Directions To Henry's Lake

  1. Head east on Shoshone Ave toward Church Ln 105 ft
  2. Turn left onto Church Ln 390 ft
  3. Turn left onto S Big Springs Loop Rd 0.1 mi
  4. Turn right onto Hwy 20 E 9.7 mi
  5. Turn left onto ID-87 N 4.2 mi
  6. Turn left onto Sherwood Ln 315 ft
  7. Turn left 295 ft

Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park is an old railroad ranch that is now a beautiful state park. Known for its beautiful scenery and wildlife, Harriman State Park offers 22 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails that slink through meadows, meander along river banks and through lush evergreen forests. Fishing is great in the scenic river as it winds its way through the park. Walk around the old buildings to get a feel for the past in Idaho. There is a modest entrance fee.

Directions To Harriman State Park

  1. Take S Big Springs Loop Rd to Hwy 20 W in Island Park go 0.2 mi
  2. Turn left onto Hwy 20 W 14 min go 14.0 mi
  3. Take 167/Green Canyon Rd to your destination go 0.6 mi

Upper and Lower Mesa Falls

Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are beautiful falls not too far away south from our RV park. Make sure you make time to visit these spectacular falls. The Henry's Fork of the Snake River etched its way through lava flows of the last 1.3 million years to create these falls. Upper Mesa Falls is roughly 114 feet high and 200 feet wide. Metal stairs take you right to the brink of the falls for great close up views. Don't miss the rainbow that often forms in front of the falls. The Lower falls are 65 feet high and are about 1/2 mile east of the Upper Falls. They can be seen from a distance via a short walk from the Lower Falls parking lot. There is a federal fee or federal pass required for parking at Upper Falls.

Directions To Mesa Falls Visitor Center

  1. Head east on Shoshone Ave toward Church Ln go 105 ft
  2. Turn left onto Church Ln go 390 ft
  3. Turn left onto S Big Springs Loop Rd go 0.1 mi
  4. Turn left onto Hwy 20 W go 12.9 mi
  5. Turn left onto Mesa Falls Scenic Byway/Mesa Falls Trail and Continue to follow Mesa Falls Scenic Byway for 12.9 mi
  6. Turn right onto Upper Mesa Falls Rd go 0.7 mi
  7. Continue straight to stay on Upper Mesa Falls Rd Destination will be on the left

Buffalo River

The nearby Buffalo River, south of us, offers kayaking and good fishing. To float the river, take the Buffalo River Campground Road to loop D. It's about a 45 minute float through beautiful river scenery to Pond's Lodge. Watch for moose!

Directions To The Buffalo River

  1. Head east on Shoshone Ave toward Church Ln go 105 ft
  2. Turn left onto Church Ln go 390 ft
  3. Turn left onto S Big Springs Loop Rd go 0.1 mi
  4. Turn left onto Hwy 20 W go 5.7 mi
  5. Turn right onto Riverside Dr go 1.2 mi
  6. Turn left to stay on Riverside Dr and your destination will be on the left

Sawtelle Peak

Drive to the top of Sawtelle Peak to get a great view of the entire Island Park area. The most striking view is on the north looking down at Henry's Lake. To the east the Grand Teton Mountains are standing in full view. The altitude is about 10,000 feet so expect to dress for cold and windy conditions. The road is gravel but wide and well-maintained. The peak is only about 14 miles from our RV Park.

Directions To Sawtelle Peak

  1. Head north from our RV park and turn right onto US 20.
  2. In 1.7 miles, turn left onto Sawtelle Peak Road
  3. Continue 11.5 miles to the parking lot at the top of Sawtelle Peak.

Madison River

The Madison River, perhaps the most famous of all the rivers in Montana, begins in Yellowstone National Park at the meeting of the Firehole River and Gibbon River. From there, it flows for more than 140 miles through exceptionally beautiful scenery before it reaches the Missouri River near the town of Three Forks, Montana. With its beautiful scenery and excellent fishing, a visit to the Madison River is a top priority for many fishermen on a Montana fly fishing trip. Driving the Madison River Valley to Ennis, MT is an exceptional scenic drive.

Directions To The Madison River

  1. Take S Big Springs Loop Rd to Hwy 20 E in Island Park go 0.2 mi
  2. Continue on Hwy 20 E. Drive from ID-87 N and MT-87 N to Madison County go 33.5 mi
  3. Drive to your destination go 0.2 mi

Island Park Reservoir

Henry's Fork of the Snake River is dammed not far south from Yellowstone RV Park and forms a large lake with shore birds and fish galore. It is stocked with rainbow trout and kokanee. Fishing is best from a boat in the summer, but bank fishing can be quite good in the fall and spring.

Directions To Island Park Reservoir

  1. Take Church Ln to S Big Springs Loop Rd in Island Park go 495 ft
  2. Follow Hwy 20 W and Kilgore-Yale Rd to Old Kilgore Rd/Old Shotgun Rd go 7.4 mi
  3. Continue on Old Kilgore Rd/Old Shotgun Rd to your destination go 8.2 mi

Big Springs

Just a few miles east of our park is Big Springs, the start of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River. These are beautiful springs that flow from the Yellowstone plateau above. It is well worth the visit, only 5 miles east of our RV Park. Large trout gather under the bridge to be feed by tourists. Visit the Johnny Sack's cabin built in the 1930's next to the springs.

Directions To Big Springs

  1. Head southeast toward S Big Springs Loop Rd 0.2 mi
  2. Turn right onto S Big Springs Loop Rd 4.7 mi
  3. Turn right onto Forest Rd 059A164 ft

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, WY are great places to explore on a full day excursion. Majestic mountains, glacial lakes, the Snake River, and lots of wildlife make this a "must see" side trip to visiting with us.

See our photo page, "A Day in Grand Teton National Park" here.

Directions To Grand Teton National Park

  1. Take S Big Springs Loop Rd to Hwy 20 W in Island Park go 0.2 mi
  2. Turn left onto Hwy 20 W go 32.3 mi
  3. Follow ID-32 to ID-33 E in Teton County go 29.0 mi
  4. Continue on ID-33 E to Teton County go 37.3 mi
  5. Turn left onto WY-390 N/Moose Wilson Rd go 7.6 mi

Beartooth Plateau

Charles Kuralt once said that the Beartooth Plateau hosts "The most scenic drive in America". If you have an extra day and the weather is good, don't miss this trip to the top of the world! Drive through Yellowstone Park to the north exit and visit the 10,947 ft high Beartooth Pass with expansive wilderness landscapes. Because of altitude the weather can be unpredictable, but plan for cold and windy. The roads are paved and good. Plan on driving time of at least four hours from our park for the trip without stops in Yellowstone. So get an early start. We still have light at 9 PM for most of the season, so you'll have time for a nice visit. The alpine scenery, the wildflowers and sweeping alpine vistas are unforgettable.

Directions To Beartooth Plateau

  1. Head east on Shoshone Ave toward Church Ln go 105 ft
  2. Turn left onto Church Ln go 390 ft
  3. Turn left onto S Big Springs Loop Rd go 0.1 mi
  4. Turn right onto Hwy 20 E Entering Montana go 22.3 mi
  5. Turn right onto Iris St go 0.3 mi
  6. Turn left onto Yellowstone Ave go 0.8 mi
  7. Continue onto US-191 S/US-287 S/Hwy 20 E
  8. Turn left at Madison Jct in Yellowstone Park on Hiway 89
  9. Turn right at Mammoth Jct in Yellowstone on Grand Loop Road.
  10. Turn left at Roosevelt Jct onto highway 212 and continue through Cooke City, MT.
  11. Continue on 212 to the top of the Beartooth Plateau.
  12. Return either the same way or make your way down to Red Lodge, Bozeman and to West Yellowstone

Off-road Trails

Ride a UTV on the numerous trails that can be reached from our park. Go to the top of Sawtelle Peak (10,000 feet) on a UTV, explore the forest trails, or travel the national trail. Ask in our office for trail maps.

View our list of trails to ride accessible from our RV Park.

Rent a UTV from local vendors and enjoy the trails that start in our park. Learn More.

Theater Performances

Take in a live theater performance in Island Park (Yellowstone Playhouse) or West Yellowstone (Playmill.com).

Rent Our Reunion Cabin or other cabins

Hold your family reunion here and share the adventure with your extended family and friends. Make our reunion house the center of your fun! We have two other smaller cabins too for your non-RVing friends or family. Click HERE to learn more!

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