Idaho is a beautiful place, especially in winter. The state’s snow-covered landscapes make for a breathtaking backdrop for many winter activities. At the Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch, one of our favorite Idaho winter activities is snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is the easiest and best way to explore Idaho in the winter. If you’re new to snowshoeing or are looking for some of the best spots to snowshoe in Idaho, you’re in luck; we’ve created a guide on snowshoeing in Idaho.

A Snowshoe Buying Guide

Before you start your snowshoeing adventure, you’ll need snowshoes. Before purchasing your own snowshoes, you could try renting. Many companies in Idaho offer snowshoe rentals. 

If you decide to purchase, keep in mind that there are different factors you should consider. First, what time of terrain will you be snowshoeing? There are options available for flat, rolling, and mountain terrain. Flat terrain snowshoes are the cheapest option and suitable for beginners, assuming you don’t plan on going up very steep hills or mountains. 

Another factor is weight. Many snowshoes base size based on weight, as a snowshoe needs more surface area to accommodate a larger person. If you plan on snowshoeing with a pack on, be sure to factor that into the load your snowshoes can hold.

The Best Places for Snowshoeing in Idaho

Once you have your snowshoes, it’s time to hit the trails. There are some great spots for snowshoeing in Idaho, but we wanted to give you a rundown on a couple of our favorites.

Harriman State Park

Located about an hour and a half from the Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch, Harriman State Park is excellent for novice snowshoers. All winter trails in the park are open to snowshoers, meaning you’ll have an abundance of trails at your disposal. We recommend checking out the Ranch Loop, which runs along Henry’s Fork River. Keep your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife; people have reported seeing many creatures near this loop trail. 

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve

Snowshoe across dormant lava fields at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve. Located in Southern Idaho, Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve is further from the Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch but still worth a visit. This monument and preserve features a mile and a half long snowshoe loop trail. You’re unlikely to ever snowshoe across such terrain again, making it a unique place to snowshoe in Idaho.

Enjoy Idaho's scenic winter landscapes on a snowshoeing adventureEnjoy Winter Activities in Idaho at Our Elk Ranch

Experience all of the amazing winter activities Idaho has to offer by staying with us at the Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch. Our lodge will serve as the perfect home base for all of your winter snowshoeing, ice fishing, or other winter adventures in Idaho. For more information, please call 208-351-7301.