Countless guests who have chosen Teton Springs Resort as their choice for a family vacation in Idaho often claim that it was indeed the trip of a lifetime, for everyone in the party. Teton Springs is located in Victor, one of the most welcoming and serene settings in all of eastern Idaho. The self-contained Teton Springs Resort covers a vast 780 acres and its borders hug the Wyoming state line. The world-renowned town of Jackson Hole, considered one of the most authentic western towns in North America, is a scenic 25-minute drive from Teton Springs. Jackson also happens to be the gateway to Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, which are major draws for both domestic and international travelers alike. When planning family vacations in Idaho, the first priority should be allocating plenty of time to sample the incredible recreation and spectacular sights this great state is famous for. Eastern Idaho has often been referred to as “mountain river country,” and with good reason. While settled into your spacious one- or two-bedroom suite in the Teton Springs Lodge, you’re situated in the shadow of the magnificent Teton and Big Hole Mountains. It’s a special place, where guests can literally watch the headwaters of the Teton River flow directly from the resort’s bubbling waters.
The beautiful Teton River located in the Teton Valley
The Teton River is a magnet for families looking for a dynamic outing on the water, whether it be meandering down this river in a kayak, tube, canoe or paddleboard. It’s now easier than ever to access the river and sports shops in the local hamlet of Driggs, in addition to renting all type of water craft, also provide shuttle service to and from the river. Historically, the Teton River was spoken of in hushed tones primarily by elite fly fishermen, praising this coveted blue-ribbon trout stream as one of the best in the west. Now, the Teton River is shared by anglers and water sports enthusiasts alike. The Teton also provides maximum wildlife viewing opportunities. Moose, deer, upland game birds, migratory waterfowl and bald eagles are guaranteed sightings on any given float.
Take a beautiful drive and take in all the scenery
Another outing that should be on every visitor’s itinerary is traveling the Idaho Teton Scenic Byway. It’s one of a handful of drives that the Gem State promotes as one of the most beautiful driving excursions vacationers absolutely have to take if visiting eastern Idaho. This adventure starts at Teton Springs and a full day will take you to West Yellowstone, Montana. The Grand Teton Mountains will be your guide as you travel north through the dry farms of Teton & Freemont Counties. Fields of golden wheat and barley stretch out for miles and miles on the horizon, in all directions. It’s difficult to imagine a more beautiful journey. You’ll pass through Ashton, Idaho, a quaint town filled with eclectic shops, and home to Frostop, an old-fashioned drive-in serving up scrumptious ice cream, root beer flaots and naturally, tater tots. The entire Ashton experience is a most pleasant trip down memory lane.
Mesa Falls is a must!
Leaving Ashton and traveling about 16 miles on the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, this tour now takes you to Lower and Upper Mesa Falls, two of the last undisturbed waterfalls of consequence in the West. Well-maintained trails and staggered viewing platforms afford a bird’s eye views of these magnificent falls. Take the 2.2-mile Mesa Falls Nature Hike for an up-close-and-personal way to take in the sights and sounds of the falls and this entire stellar environment. It’s an easy trek with informative signs on a well-shaded trail. This section of the loop road is also home to Harriman Sate Park, and the beloved fly-fishing heaven, Henry’s Fork of the Snake River or the South Fork of the Snake River. The Henry’s Fork has earned an international reputation for the finest fly-fishing in the American West.
Everyone has fun in West Yellowstone
When you can pull yourself from Mesa Falls, it’s on to West Yellowstone, Montana. As the largest entrance to Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone is home to an IMAX theater, a museum, and the Wolf and Grizzly Bear Discovery Center. When the snow flies it is also known as one of the snowmobile centers of the entire west. After this full day of exploring and traveling along one of Idaho’s most scenic highways, it’s time to return to Teton Springs Lodge & Spa and a well-deserved visit to the Stillwaters Spa. A trek through Yellowstone National Park is to be saved for another day.