Canyon Rim, Bear Gulch, and Mesa Falls X-Country

Area Status: Open

Cross-Country Skiing

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Grooming has ended for the 2024 season.
Operational Hours: The trails are groomed weekly by the Forest Service usually on Thursdays or Fridays. Snowshoes, dogs or dog sledding are not allowed on the groomed trails.  For grooming report call Ashton Ranger Station: (208)652-7442
Fees: Park N' Ski permit is required.  Annual Pass: $25
Three-day permit:  $7.50
Where does the money go?  Revenues for the sales of these permits go back directly toward trail improvements, plowing parking lots and grooming trails. 
These permits can be obtained from the following locations:
Ashton/ Island Park Ranger District Office, Ashton, ID
Harriman State Park, ID
Elk Creek Station, Island Park, ID
Fremont County Motor Vehicle Division, St. Anthony, ID
C & C Supply, St. Anthony, ID

General Information


From Ashton travel E. on Mesa Falls Forest Hwy 47 approximately 12 miles


Parking is available at the Bear Gulch Trailhead.

General Notes:

The Bear Gulch/Mesa Falls trail system is one of the most scenic anywhere in Idaho, particularly because the ski trails cruise along the rim overlooking both Upper and Lower Mesa Falls. Views of the Teton Mountain Range are possible on a clear day. It's a 9.1-mile round-trip trek to the Upper Falls (where the water falls 110 feet), but well worth the effort for the strong and hardy. Shorter loops of 3.9 miles or 5.9 are available closer to the trailhead. The trailhead and a short section of the ski trail are shared use areas with snowmobiles.

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