Henry’s Fork – Snake River
Fish, Float, Adventure
If you spend any time at all in the lobby or common areas of the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, you’ll hear the words “perfect day” thrown about frequently. That’s how guests describe their time exploring this Yellowstone-Teton mecca of recreation and adventure. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the opportunity to cast a line in some of the Rocky Mountains most famous rivers is a top priority for many visitors and Teton Springs is inarguably situated in the heart of fly-fishing territory.
The Teton River, a Blue-Ribbon tributary originates on the west slope of the Tetons Mountains with its headwaters literally bubbling out of the ground just steps from the hotel. A destination into itself, the Teton River snakes thru the flat valley floor, offering unobstructed views of the mountains that envelope it. Wildlife viewing and bird watching is an extra added attraction thrown in on this fishing excursion!
Next on the fly-fishing agenda for Teton Springs guests is a trip north to the Henry’s Fork Snake River, world-renowned and therefore inevitably on the wish list of every serious fly fisherman in North America. Its reputation precedes itself, and with good reason. There’s ample opportunity for wading on the Henry’s Fork which adds to its luster for anglers preferring to stalk a particular fish, move freely about while keeping a keen eye on alluring riffles and deep river holes.
Fishing from drift boats and rubber rafts also offer distinct advantages for the angler and Teton Springs resort partner, WorldCast Anglers, provides the local experts when guiding the Henry’s Fork and other regional waterways. They study ever-changing water levels and temperatures and thus know almost instinctively what bugs will entice the big brown and rainbow trout to the surface. Fishing from a drift boat enables the angler to cover miles of trout-filled water lurking on the river’s banks. A trip with WorldCast almost guarantees a successful day on the Henry’s Fork and the many other rivers in their arsenal of fly-fishing water.
Many visitors also choose Teton Springs as their base camp in Teton Valley for the myriad of activities at their disposal, many within this sprawling 780-acre resort complex. A guest can literally fill many active, adventuresome days in this incredibly beautiful mountain environment without straying far from the comfort of their elegant one- or two-bedroom lodge suite or mountain log home. Adding to the allure is the consistent climate one can expect during the summer months as eastern Idaho is known for its near perfect temps and fabulous, sun splashed, humidity-free weather.
What better way to kick off one’s arrival to this extraordinary destination than with a visit to the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. Located just steps from the lodge suites, the spa is truly an oasis, an extension of the peacefulness one feels in this glorious alpine setting. With over 5,000 square feet of reception, treatment and salon area, virtually every nook and cranny of this facility is committed to pampering its guests.
You’re first struck by the enticing aroma of eucalyptus as you enter the spa and after wrapping yourself in one of the spa’s fluffy, thick robes, you’ll await your therapist in the relaxing Zen Room. This spa specializes in a variety of messages including deep tissue, sports, Swedish, hot stone, and reflexology and the experienced staff is always happy to customize a treatment to accommodate anyone’s particular needs. Facials and skincare, as well as nail and hair services, round out the full array of services available. Outdoor private hot tubs are also part of the delightful spa experience.
Local residents also gravitate to the Stillwaters Spa & Salon, and in a recent poll that included all the towns in Teton County, Idaho, awarded this facility top prize of being the most favorite spa in Teton Valley!
Next on the “perfect day” agenda may include lacing up those walking shoes and taking a stroll through the resort neighborhood, or, venturing off the beaten path into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest which borders Teton Springs. Biking is also a popular activity for both the casual and die-hard cyclist. However, hitting the 25-meter pool in the Bronze Buffalo Sporting Club complex is a gravitational pull for all guests of Teton Springs. Surrounded by mountain views, the pool is a family favorite by far, enveloped by spacious sunning decks, hot tubs and a kid’s geyser land. And for those looking to raise their heartbeat after lounging by the pool, the Fitness Center is next on the agenda offering all the equipment one needs to raise their heartbeat and strengthen muscles.
So, whether you spend most of your time at Teton Springs during your visit or explore beyond its boundaries, adventure awaits. After all, you are in Yellowstone-Teton country!
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