I can't talk about the beauty of eastern Idaho without mentioning the majesty of the Teton Mountain Range and the Teton Valley. True, these next spots are in Wyoming; however, the area is accessible only from Idaho roads.
Alta Wyoming/Teton Canyon rest in the valley situated directly beneath the Grand Teton Peak on the Idaho-side of the range. This sleepy town is accessed by a single road from Driggs, ID. Follow that road west, past Alta into the narrow valley for access to this next set of spots!
Teton Canyon has a variety of trails including Table Rock, Devil's Staircase, Alaska Basin, New Sheep Bridge, and others. The trails range from easy, family trails, to especially challenging hikes; challenging even for veteran hikers. Namely, Table Rock is probably the hardest hike I will reference in these initial blog posts. I haven't had the chance to hike it yet as the time I hoped to go, I had an injured knee. From the pictures I have seen, I'd have to say it is one of the most fulfilling and exciting hikes out here! From what I have personally hiked, the canyon does not disappoint.
Activities in the area range from XC/downhill skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, etc. Targhee Ski Resort, world renowned for incredible snow and slopes, is accessed through the winding canyon road. The canyon can be accessed year-round, though the canyon road is closed at the first parking lot during the snowy months.
If you are looking for a beautiful day in the mountains, I highly recommend checking out this area!
The Tetons are loaded with trails to be explored. I can barely scratch the surface of what is available to explore on both sides of the range. Truly, these mountains stand picturesque as bold reminders of the beauty of our planet. I love being able to see the iconic peaks of the range from all over northeastern Idaho. I am in awe every time I paint them, photograph them, and bask in their glory. I highly recommend many visits to as many spots in these mountains as you can! They will not disappoint!
Here are a few pictures from my adventures, enjoy!!