Recreation opportunities abound on the 700,000 acre Ashton/Island Park Ranger District. Fishing, camping, floating, sightseeing, hiking, hunting, cross country skiing and snowmobiling are the most popular activities. Big Springs, Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are the most visited scenic attractions. There are 615 miles of roads open to motorized travel and 172 miles of hiking trails on the district.
The District office is located in Driggs, Idaho. The area administered by the District covers approximately 265,000 acres. The District has a variety of landscapes ranging from broad, gentle slopes, steep canyons and mountains, to high elevation glacially scoured ridges and basins perched above U-shaped canyons and troughs. The District includes portions of the Big Hole Mountains, Palisades and Teton Ranges. Most of the 123,451-acre Jedediah Smith Wilderness is on this District. The eastern portion of the wilderness is adjacent to Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forests.
Vegetation type varies from sagebrush-grass to juniper and mountain mahogany to stands of aspen, lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, and patches of sub-alpine and limber pine. Several streams and a few high mountain lakes are found on the District. The area is rich in wildlife ranging from deer, elk, moose, bear - both black and grizzly, bighorn sheep, wolverine, small game, and non-game species.