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.
District Ranger: Liz Davy
Address: 46 Highway 20
P.O .Box 858, Ashton, ID 83420
Phone: 208-652-7442 Fax: 208-652-7863
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
Island Park Office
Address: 3726 Highway 20
Island Park, ID 83429
Phone: 208-558-7301 Fax: 208-558-7812
Winter Office Hours: December 28 - January 24, 2016 Front Office closed. During this time the front foyer will remain open 24/7 and will be stocked with snow machine trail maps, the area's Nordic ski trail maps, a daily avalanche report, forest information and other brochures.
Trails for all users
There are 615 miles of roads open to motorized travel and 172 miles of hiking trails on the districts you can use for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, motorized and more. View the Maps & Publications page to download maps.
Campgrounds on the District
If you're looking for a great recreational experience, stay at one of the campgrounds located on the district, many of which are located near a wonderful attraction, trail head or boat ramp. Click Recreation on the navigational site (on your left), then click Camping.
Do you want to go camping, but would rather stay in a cabin? Rent one of our rustic cabins located throughout the Forest. They are open year-round and can be accessed by snowmobiles or by cross-country skiing during the winter months. Contact the district for more information.
Boat ramps are available throughout the district to the public to launch into reservoirs and rivers. Several boat ramps have campgrounds nearby.
Cross Country Ski Trails
Do you have Cabin Fever? There are over 60 miles of cross country ski trails available on the Ashton/Island Park Ranger District. You may purchase a Park N' Ski permit at your local Forest Service Office and many vendors in the area. Now you can also purchase your Park N' Ski permit on-line at the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation!
Mesa Falls Scenic Byway
The southern portal of the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway starts in the town of Ashton, ID on US Highway 20. a paved, two lane road winds its way through scenic farm lands of potatoes, barley and alfalfa before entering the Three Rivers Canyon area and climbing to a mixed forest of lodge pole pine, Douglas fir and aspen. The byway rejoins Highway 20 approximately 28 miles to the north near Harriman State Park.
Elk, deer, bear, antelope, cougars and moose roam throught the district. Sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, a variety of waterfowl, song birds and eagles may also be seen.