Adventure, beauty, and fresh air await you, the sky is the limit and possibilities are endless. Diversity abounds at Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch, it is wild life at it’s finest. You can watch a magnificent sunrise as the shadow of the Grand Tetons retracts and bathes the valley in a warm morning glow. Photography, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing… the list goes on and on. Below is a list of some of the local attractions and their websites. Whether you extend your stay to enjoy more of our fabulous region or just take in a few sights after shooting that huge bull, we know there are plenty of things for everyone to enjoy.
There are also a lot of great things you can do while staying at the lodge. This gives you some fun & relaxing down time while your meat is being processed. For those interested in some relaxation while at the lodge, my personal massage therapist will bring her table to lodge and give massages. She charges $75 hour or $125 for 1 ½ hours. You can schedule that ahead of time, or when you arrive.
At the lodge we also have an excellent location for shooting skeet off our back deck overlooking the canyon. We will provide the shotgun, skeet & ammunition for $20 per box of shells. You are also welcome to bring your own gun & shells if you want.
After shooting that trophy bull, why not relax a bit with a professionally guided fishing trip down the Henry’s Fork or the South Fork of the Snake River. This is World Class fishing at its best and anglers from all over the world come here to try their luck at landing that huge rainbow or brown. There is also major fishing nearby on the Teton River, Madison River, and numerous private fisheries and ponds.
Henrys Fork is a tributary river of the Snake River, approximately 127 miles across southeastern Idaho. It is also referred to as the North Fork of the Snake River. The Henry’s Fork is one of the most famous and diverse fly fishing rivers in the world, with plenty to offer the advanced fly fisher as well as the beginner. Its prolific aquatic insect hatches draw fly fishers from around the globe to test their skills against highly selective rainbow trout. Spectacular Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are on the Henrys Fork.
The majestic South Fork of the Snake River flows 66 miles across southeastern Idaho, through high mountain valleys, rugged canyons, and broad flood plains to its confluence with the Henry’s Fork near Menan Buttes west of Rexburg. The South Fork supports the largest riparian cottonwood gallery forest in the West and is among the most unique and diverse ecosystems in Idaho. It is also home to 126 bird species, including 21 raptors. The river also supports the largest native cutthroat fishery outside of Yellowstone National Park. The corridor is also home for an impressive array of other wildlife including moose, deer, elk, mountain goats, mountain lions, black bears, bobcats, coyotes, river otter, beaver, fox, and mink. Among recreationists throughout the country, the South Fork is known as a premier blue ribbon trout fishery, and was selected as the host site for the 1997 World Fly-Fishing Championship. More than 300,000 anglers, campers, hikers, boaters and other recreationists use the South Fork each year.
Contact us and we will help you book any fishing arrangements around your hunting trip.
St. Anthony Sand Dunes - Distance: 45 min.
About 30 miles west of the ranch are the living sand dunes – 41,000 acres of exciting potential playground just being discovered by dune buggy and snowmobile enthusiasts. The white rolling hills of sand range in height from 200 to 300 feet above the 4,900 foot valley floor. They stretch about 35 miles in length and from one to five miles in width. In mid-summer, although the sand gets hot, the temperature rarely tops 90 degrees. The dunes gain in size to a certain point, depending on the intensity of the prevailing winds as they creep slowly north. ATV's are available to rent at Idaho Dunes RV.
Green Canyon Hot Springs - Distance: 10 min.
At the bottom of the hill from the lodge is Green Canyon Hotsprings. Green Canyon Hot Springs has been in the Neibaur Family since 1953. The original hot springs was named Pincock Hot Springs. The hot spings was actually started in 1903, and was located up on the hill just East of where Green Canyon is presently. In about 1947 the present building was built in the bottom of the canyon. It is a popular place for family reunions, church group gatherings, and vacationers. Take advantage of the pure thermally heated waters of the pool facilities. Water temperatures are a constant 96 degrees, while the outdoor hot pool is a toasty 105 degrees.
Mesa Falls - Distance: 1 1/2 hrs.
There are many scenic drives around, but Mesa Falls has to be a favorite. A small rainbow created by sunlight passing through the mist accents the falls from approximately 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the day. Mesa Falls Recreation area has lots of things to do. You can simply enjoy the power and beauty of the falls and watch the osprey and eagles that frequent the area. The walkways make viewing safe for all. The Big Falls Inn opened as an interpretive center in 2001. Visit the center to see exhibits on the geology of the falls and canyon, history of the lodge, the river ecosystem, plants and animals of the area, the forest ecosystem, and maps of other parks and points of interest in the area. There are several hiking trails in the area. The one-mile trail to the Lower Falls is approximately 200 yards to the east of Big Falls Inn. There is a hiking trail from Grand View Overlook to Bear Gulch. From Bear Gulch south to Warm River Campground, the old railroad bed is a non-motorized trail. North from Bear Gulch, the trail is open to motorized vehicles less than 50 inches wide. This trail may be taken all the way to the Montana border (32 miles).
Island Park - Distance: 1 1/2 hrs.
From the northern area of Island Park, where Henry’s Lake awaits the trophy trout angler, to the southern area, where there’s Blue Ribbon fly fishing on the world renowned Henry’s Fork, Island Park is a summer recreation paradise. The area sports two Idaho state parks — Henry’s Lake and Harriman, and is surrounded by he Caribou-Targhee National Forest, where you can hike, mountain bike, ride ATV’s, fish, boat, birdwatch, do nature photography, and much more. Lodges and vacation cabins are in every area of this 35-mile long, 30-mile wide recreation area, offering luxury and modest accommodations and great food and entertainment. Island Park is a summer vacation headquarters for people who love mountain scenery, serenity, and adventure. The average elevation is 6,700 ft., making the air fresh and sunsets over the mountains spectacular.
Henry's Lake - Distance: 1 3/4 hrs.
Located just 15 miles west of Yellowstone National Park, this high mountain lake is the kind of place fishermen dream about. The state park, named after explorer Major Andrew Henry, opens the Thursday before Memorial Day and closes October 31st, weather permitting. The park offers campfire programs and a Junior Ranger program. Anglers fish for cutthroat, brook and rainbow-cutthroat hybrid trout. The park has a modern fish cleaning station near the boat ramp.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Distance: 1 1/2 hrs.
Jackson is the name of the town, and “Jackson Hole” as it’s often called, refers to the whole area, which is a 50 mile-long valley, surrounded by high mountains. The current population of Jackson is approximately 8,647. Jackson is a popular tourism destination because of its proximity to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, its unmatched scenic beauty, the world-class skiing, and its western character. Deep snow and big mountains tend to come to mind when most people think of Jackson Hole, but the rest of the year – especially Summer – always brings an incredible array of equally incredible terrain, scenery, and outdoor activities. Sitting on the edge of Grand Teton National Park, Teton Village is a summertime destination all its own, with unparalleled hiking, biking, paragliding, kids’ activities, fine dining (above 9,000 feet!) and much more!
Grand Teton National Park - Distance: 2 hrs.
Grand Teton National Park is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring places in America. Occupying a majority of the Jackson Hole valley, the park is home to overwhelming, massive mountains, pristine lakes and rivers, and abundant, teeming wildlife. The Teton Range – with peaks rising as much as 7,000 feet off the valley floor – is the centerpiece of the park. Views from either of the two main roads, which run north-south through the park, are nothing short of spectacular. The highest, most prominent peak is the Grand Teton, standing at 13,770 feet.
While the scenery is nice from the road, the park is best experienced on foot! Hundreds of miles of hiking trails wind around the lakes and through the mountains; the choices are almost limitless. The park has a magnetic draw for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts because incredible, often breathtaking scenery and wildlife sightings (elk, moose, black/grizzly bears, bison, deer, and more!) are guaranteed.
Yellowstone National Park - Distance: 2 hrs.
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Their are ELEVEN golf courses in Eastern Idaho! Because each course varies in difficulty, you can find the right course for your ability. Eastern Idahoans take great pride in their golf courses. Each is meticulously groomed and busy with golfers of all ages. Make sure to call ahead for a tee time!
TETON LAKES is exactly what its name implies, with a backdrop of the Grand Tetons and plenty of lakes. This beautiful 18-hole championship course is located north of Rexburg on the Hibbard Road. It has a beautiful club house. It is a municipal course surrounded by lakes, rivers and canals. Front 9 holes are fun but the back nine are delicious. This course offers challenges from its mounded greens, trees, shrubs, sand and water from ponds, canals and the Teton River. It is a par 71 that measures in at about 4,400 yards from the blues, 58,800 yards from the whites and 5,100 yards from the reds. The front nine is fairly flat and wide open, while the back nine consists of tighter fairways and numerous hazards. Overall it is a great track for all golfers. On weekdays, 9 Holes $14.50 and 18 holes $20.50 on weekends 9 Holes $15.05 and $23.75 for 18.
White Water Rafting
Mad River Boat Trips in Jackson Hole offers your family or group the most variety of whitewater and scenic trips on the Snake River. With 14 departures daily you are sure to find a trip that suits your needs. Join them for a day on the river with our combination scenic and whitewater or eat dinner with them at their exclusive dinner site in the Snake River Canyon. If you’re looking for the ultimate whitewater adventure, take a trip in the small 8-man boats. All whitewater runs are U-Paddle trips and are accompanied by experienced, highly-trained river guides.
Idaho White Water Rafting offers some of the best river trips in the world, like the infamous Middle Fork of the Salmon River. With thousands of miles of rivers to choose from, Idaho is a whitewater paradise. Whether you are looking for a family river trip, a wild ride on class IV-V rapids, or something in between, Idaho has a river trip for you, and Wilderness River Outfitters has been providing the finest in river trip adventures for over 30 years. Idaho whitewater rafting on the Salmon, Owyhee, Jarbidge, and Bruneau Rivers offer great 4-15 day whitewater rafting trips in pristine wilderness areas.