Elk River Nordic Ski Trails

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

In north central Idaho, 53 miles east of the city of Moscow, skiiers and snowshoers will find the Elk River Nordic Ski Trails.  The trails are rated intermediate to difficult, and include one primary loop trail and a spur from Elk River to the groomed loop.

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At a Glance

Reservations: None offered
Fees Idaho State Park N' Ski pass is required November 15- April 30.
Permit Info: Idaho State Park N' Ski pass is required November 15- April 30.  Visit the Idaho Parks and Recreation Nordic website for details on how to obtain a 3-day permit or purchase an annual pass.
Open Season: November
Best Season: Winter
Busiest Season: Winter
Restrictions: All trails are closed to motorized vehicles Dec.15-April 1.
Dogs are permitted on ungroomed trails only.
Closest Towns: Elk River, ID
Water: No drinking water offered
Restroom: None
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Palouse Ranger District, 208-875-1131

General Information


Travel east on Hwy 8 from Moscow, ID about 34 miles to Bovill, ID then S. on Hwy 8 approximately 29 miles .

Recreation Map

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Winter Sports

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Ski trails use Forest Service roads and abandoned railways. There is one primary 2.6 mile groomed loop trail from the plowed parking lot along Idaho State Hwy 8, just west of Elk River. There is a spur from Elk River to the groomed loop, and another spur from Elk Creek Reservoir to the loop. A nice side trip is to snowshoe or ski to Elk Creek Falls, however this trip is more challenging and may be better suited for snowshoeing than skiing depending on one's skill level. 

Helpful Links:
Idaho SNOTEL Map with links to snow survey sites in Idaho 
Idaho Department of Transportation Weather

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult
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